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Freemasonry and politics

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Freemasonry is not a political organization. Discussing political issues in the lodge’s meetings is forbidden. The organization as a whole, or the individual from the lodge, does not take part in political struggle, election campaigns or other political actions.

Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with British Prime Minister Tony Blair during a private audience with Blair and wife Cherie at the Vatican. Do you notice a masonic handshake in the photo?

Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Vatican. Do you notice a masonic handshake in the photo? Photo: AP

As one of the cornerstones of Freemasonry – individuals freedom, including freedom of thoughts and political activity, a freemason may belong to any political party and take part in its activities if the party’s program is not in contradiction with the principles of freemasonry – freedom, equality, honesty, justice.

Democratic social order and political parties based on universal human values and spirit of cooperation are in line with the views of freemasonry on social order.

Totalitarian social order and freemasonry are opposites. That is why in societies such as communist, fascist and similar freemasonry were forbidden. After the communists came to power, freemasonry was forbidden in Russia. In hitleric Germany and in the countries occupied by fascists, the Freemasons were either executed or prisoned. Freemasonry was forbidden in Franco-Spain and in Salzar-Portugal.

Politicians whose political beliefs are compatible with the thoughts of Freemasonry (especially with democratic and fair social order) and who belong to the Great Lodge are completely understandable and there is nothing strange about it.