bmxninja357 wrote:Fact is there's a few news stories and such on the subject of freemasons in law enforcement, the legal system, and government. This is not speculation but fact. The jury is still out on the level of influence, if any, membership in the freemasons has.
Actually, the jury is not out on the "level of influence." The level of influence would be zero. Yes, there are masons who work as police, lawyers, and judges. There are also masons who work at your local department store, McDonalds, or are unemployed.
There is zero
substantiated evidence the masons somehow exert undue influence in any aspect of law enforcement. In fact, as far as I know, every time a mason has been in a position to get any "favor"...the police have been harsher on us. Those are just random personal stories, of course, but they mean more than the evidence you have presented (which is zero).
You are creating the illusion of controversy when there is none.
Any group with millions of members is going to have some bad apples. So how many bad apples and what is their level of influence In a country that has a long history of freemasonry? Behind closed doors what is the tolerance of such activities?
This is a classic conspiracy theorist argument. Yes, there are dumb/crazy/stupid/evil people who get past the application process and become masons. But there is no reason to believe that, by virtue of being masons, they somehow exert some undue influence that dumb/crazy/stupid/evil people would not do on their own.
As for the organization, there is no tolerance for that kind of thing. You could find that out yourself by looking up the oaths (I can't tell you what they are, but they've been published for centuries). The oaths specifically say masons may not engage in anything that does not further the pursuit of truth, rebel or undermine the government in any way, and that all members must follow the law in the area in which they live.