From our Grand Master:
I’ve become increasingly concerned with member social media postings of late. I will direct you to the New Hampshire Grand Lodge Social Media policy found on the New Hampshire Grand Lodge website. In particular, I want to point out the following policy statements:
• As a Mason, he must be aware that his postings are a permanent record; therefore, his conduct may influence the world with a positive or negative opinion about him personally and about the organizations to which he belongs.
• A Mason should never use disparaging comments, profanity, etc. while posting; including, but not limited to graphic video and audio recordings.
We live in turbulent and divisive times. We’re in the throes of a global pandemic. We’re on the threshold of a polarizing election. Civil unrest abounds. Can things get any worse?
Perhaps the better question to ask is, how can we make things better? That’s where Freemasonry comes in. You see my Brethren, the world, our nation, and this Jurisdiction need Freemasons.
Here’s a few reasons why:
“Masonry accepts men of every country, sect, and opinion.” While we may share beliefs in a different Supreme Being, or not necessarily agree with other points of view, we still love each other as Brothers. And we will continue to treat each other as such. We welcome all men of good moral character regardless of the color of their skin, their political affiliation, how much money they have, or what neighborhood they live in. They are still our Brother, regardless of these qualities. And we will continue to treat them as such. Any action or social media post that detracts from this perspective is contrary to our foundation.
“Every human being has a claim upon your kind offices. Do good unto all.” Brethren, we are honored to hold the proud title of “Mason”. And luckily there are other good men out there who will someday replace us when it’s time for us to lay down our working tools. Do good unto all. All doesn’t mean just the people you like. All doesn’t mean those who share like-minded views. All doesn’t mean those who look like you. All means all – everyone! Regardless of their background, race, standing in the world, or their position in the Lodge. Don’t only do good for some – do good unto ALL. Any action or social media post that detracts from this moral teaching is contrary to who we are as Freemasons.
If you are speaking in a derogatory way about a belief or person that shares that belief, you may be directly affecting a Brother or individual that holds those ideals. In our great nation, every person is guaranteed the Freedom of Expression. However, our rights come with tremendous responsibility. As Masons, we have the additional tie to the beautiful teachings of our Fraternity. We all must apply Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice to our words, thoughts, and actions.
Freemasons stand true to their obligations. Freemasons are good husbands, fathers, grandfathers, and community members. Freemasons always rise above the fray and conduct themselves with morality and integrity.
Brethren, you are Masons both within and without the walls of your Lodge. Please remember to use social media in a positive and informative way. Abide by the laws of your city, state, and nation. Wear your Masonic ring, shirt, and hat with honor and integrity. And always practice Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
Kenneth A. Clay, Jr., Grand Master