The Masonic fraternity has existed for centuries, and is perhaps the most well-known “secret society” in the world. But with the popularity of social media, does Freemasonry have any secrets left?
Thousands of authors have promoted Freemasons charity work and good deeds over the centuries, while just as many have accused the fraternity of promoting a new world order, controlling currency, and infiltrating governments across the globe. In addition, many former members have published books detailing ancient Masonic ceremonies, secret words, grips, and the inner workings of lodges.
With all this information now freely available in-print and more importantly online, can there be any Masonic secrets still hidden from the world? If there are, you certainly can’t tell it by the fraternity’s own presence on the Internet.
Within the past decade, Freemasonry has opened its doors, literally and figuratively, to the world. Dozens of Masonic Grand Lodges now have web sites; and even more local lodges, commonly referred to as “Blue Lodges”, are utilizing modern day social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Furthermore, individual Freemasons are posting photos of themselves and fellow lodge members in Masonic attire on their personal social media pages.
The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts A.F. & A.M. maintains a website, AskAFreemason.org, with numerous videos of a modern day Benjamin Franklin, to promote the fraternity, and answer commonly asked questions about Freemasonry.
The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina website provides the locations of all their subordinate lodges, photos of officers, and a schedule of Masonic events. The Grand Lodge Facebook page displays photos of members taking part in various ceremonies and public fund raisers for charity. And their Flickr account has almost 4000 photos of members and events, available for viewing by the general public.
Lodges across the United States now regularly promote and host open houses, allowing curiosity seekers and prospective members to tour their facilities.
The result of all this publicity and use of modern day technology is an increase in interest and membership, according to published reports from various Masonic leaders.
Freemasons will tell you that the fraternity still has ceremonies that are secret and unknown to the outside world. But they will also remind you that those secrets can be revealed to good men who want to learn more. And it all starts with their tag-line…2B1-Ask1.