The Masons have put full-page advertisements in several national newspapers, calling for an end to “discrimination” against their members.
The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has said that it welcomes people from all walks of life, but that the members are “unfairly stigmatized”.
He said that he had written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Recent news the discussion about the influence of Freemasonry in the police and in parliament.
In an advertisement in the Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, the governing body of Freemasonry complains of “serious misrepresentation” of its members.
Under the title “enough is Enough”, chief executive Dr David Staples said the organization has raised more than Â£33m for a good cause, last year.The secret ceremonies and rituals of female Freemasons
He said that people of every race, faith, age, class or political beliefs, have been welcomed in the 300-year-old organization.
The United Grand Lodge of England is limited to men, even if they separate women-only hotels are there also.
The United Grand Lodge of England
There are about 200,000 male Masons and 4,700 female Freemasonry in the UNITED kingdom
The masons meet in a temple, which is called a “lodge,” as it is understood that it is where the ancient masons met when you work on a church or cathedral
The lodges are grouped by region, roughly in line with the old county boundaries
Masons wear aprons masonic, dating back to the theory that freemasonry evolved from the stonemasons, who wore them for protection from stone chipping
The “third degree” is the final stage before becoming a true Mason. The ceremony involves close questioning, that is where the expression “give someone the third degree” was born
Famous Freemasons have included Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Burns, Oscar Wilde and Peter Sellers
There are about 200,000 Freemasons in England and Wales, who meet in more than 7,000 lodges.
In the last week, the Guardian reported that two of the Masons hotels in Westminster – which it said were for MPs and political journalists.
But Dr Staples said that although lodges existed, none of their members were Parliamentarians or politicians, journalists.
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The revelation followed claims that the members of the Freemasons were blocking the reform of the police. The outgoing chairman of the Police Federation, Steve White, said to the Guardian that the company was thwarting the advancement of women and those from black and ethnic groups.
Dr Staples rejected such claims as “ridiculous”.
He told BBC Breakfast: “We are not a mysterious society. Nepotism and corruption is not tolerated.”
He added that the handshake used by members during the ceremonies are not “secret”, but, when asked to demonstrate to the viewers of BBC Breakfast, he refused, saying that he had “promised” not to.
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The announcement adds that the organization, the execution of a series of events this year designed to answer questions that people may have on the organization, the activities of which are not widely known.
Dr Staples also invites direct queries to be sent to the Masonic headquarters in London, Freemasons’ Hall.
But some have responded to advertising with skepticism.
How can members be discriminated against if the “we don’t know who I am”, asks Labour MP Melanie Onn.
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