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How to Spot a Freemason

Updated on September 10, 2011

If you look on YouTube and a number of other HATE sites, you will find all kinds of alarmists and conspiracy theorists claiming that they know how to spot a Freemason. Something about pressing the thumb into the centre of the back of the others hand.... ?

You cannot identify a man as being a Mason solely based on how he shakes someone's hand. A Mason is identified by his habits.

If you're really interested in spotting a Mason, here's what to look for:

  • He believes in a sumpreme being (God)
  • He is most trustworthy
  • He is honourable
  • He holds a high and strict moral character
  • He supports justice
  • He has sound judgment
  • He does not prejudge people based on their religious or political views
  • He actively practises tolerance
  • He has to be a man of mature age
  • He has no criminal background
  • He is a friend and a brother amongst peers

Is the POPE a Mason?


I wonder if Aristotle was a Mason? He has many quotes which are in alignment with Masonry. Pity we there isn't a photo of him shaking hands with someone (so we'd know for sure).

  • Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
  • It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
  • Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
  • Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
  • The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
  • The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.

One more thing...

Seemingly most anti-Freemason people, rightly or wrongly, tend to stem from certain denominations of the Christian and/or Islamic faiths.

To ye I say: art thoust aware that the Word of God praises fraternal organisations of brotherhood like the Freemasons? Psalms 133:1 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"


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    John Arguelles 7 years ago

    This is a great article. Finding out I have relatives who were Masons when they were alive and now wanting to follow in their steps. Gives me hope knowing Masons are awesome and really great people.

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    ron jackson 7 years ago

    after reading so many anti mason articles,it is refreshing to finally read the truth. i am a mason,and have been tempted to give up the fraternity because of all the crap i read about it. my dad was a mason, as well as my grandfather and i have never witnessed any blood letting,and foolishness of any kind.thanks very much

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    Iain Rhind 7 years ago

    Ah, Ron Jackson, you have obviously not attained one of the higher degrees where such happenings really do occur :p

    I know many 33rd degree Masons, and they are sterling characters; but what do I know of what actually happens at their meetings?

    BTW, I'm a Freemason and am just taking the p*ss out of the anti-masonic groups.

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    Eph 5:12 7 years ago

    What I don't understand is what the problem so many of the Bible bashers have with the Freemasons. I've know many Masons including:

    * Anglican Ministers

    * Episcopal Reverends

    * Catholic Priests

    * Baptist Pastors

    * Lutheran Ministers

    So what kind of buggered up Christians are so anti-Masonic? They always claim to be Christian, but never reveal their denomination. Would it be because they don't want people to realize that they are Blasphemizing in the name of God??

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    audreat09 7 years ago

    i don't know what's going on. I have read and watched things they say the masons do. i live in the middle of a mason neighborhood I think; and there is definetly strange behavorial. but at the same time it seems peaceful. I think they defenitely have clot and their hand is in everything. and the god they are praying to is different from the good god. I'm not judging but what's with all the secret. Jesus didn't have secrets, all his work was done in light. Masons are behind building and you gotta take an oath. They are playing god. So what's really good Masons!!!!

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    Johnny grimes 7 years ago

    You are a moron audreat09

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    a traveling man 7 years ago

    @audreat09: Stay in school, pay attention and just might learn something.

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    jp 7 years ago

    The whole bible is one big secret allegorical initiation process the bible mentions master builders, joseph and Jesus were carpenters (builders) the stone tha the builders refused being the corner stone, if u understood masonry u would know its all the same the catholic churches council of nicea hid that from u. what u know about jesus is just a story in the bible representing and hiding a deeper truth,not history.

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    Shriners Representative 7 years ago

    good example jp

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    ThirtyThird 7 years ago

    There is a lot of knowledge most Masons are not aware of. For which I will not speak of. For the EA,FC,and MM your everlasting search for light will be revealed.

    To the public, a Mason is a man who is of high standards. He chose to be a Mason to be a better man. Not better than any other man but better in himself. The more Masons the better the world will be.


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    adelelcia 7 years ago

    Mason’s View: The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. According to Freemasonry, a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.

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    CatholicMason 7 years ago


    I know not where you get your information, but it is dead wrong. Freemasonry promises ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about your salvation, that is between the individual and his religion of choice.

    The hangup many religions have with Freemasonry is that Freemasonry does NOT push their religious perspective unto all of its members; rather Freemasonry tollerates and accepts people from all faiths.

    May I suggest this hub for you?

    Thanks for posting

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    adelecia 7 years ago

    Thank you for writing me back catholicmason. Do you consider yourself both a catholic and a mason? (Just curious about the name but you don't have to tell me if you don't want to :)... Well i am a Christian and as a Christian the bible teaches that there is only one god. The worship of other gods would be considered idolatry.In a mason view all members must believe in a god. To them different religions is the same god with different names.There is no distinct god figure.Am i right?

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    CatholicMason 7 years ago


    You are correct, there is no Masonic God.

    Remember: Freemasonry is not a religion. However it does use Bliblical stories (from the Christian Bible) as a method towards the delivery of moral instruction.

    If the teachings of morality, using the Christian Bible, are wrong... then it goes to say that Christianity is wrong. Well I believe that Christianity is right, but (like the Freemasons) I don't go an push my religious views upon those who are not of my religion.

    And yes, I follow the Catholic faith.

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    who 7 years ago

    i agrree with Calholicmason that you should not push your religios views upon others and i do not think that freemason´s are like a church or something but rather all belevie that God is good as we should be.

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    KTR 7 years ago

    adelecia "The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior"

    Nothing in all my masonic learning teaches a path of salvation, even by works. Please don't mistake tolerance for religious acceptance.

    I am Lutheran and my religious views on salvation are that I can do nothing to purchase or earn it. Salvation was purchased for me through Jesus's love, death, and resurrection.

    While I hold that Christian belief on salvation, nothing in my Christian faith teaches me intolerance (to not love my neighbor as myself). Much of what I learn as a mason teaches in one way or another, to love thy neighbor as thyself. For me, this has a special spiritual meaning. For it is one of the things which Jesus taught.

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    PONK55 7 years ago

    can someone really give a nice detail of whatr this masonic life is all about?

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    CatholicMason 6 years ago

    PONK55: Have a look at

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    esther 6 years ago

    wow dint realise masons are actually good people always used to hate on em but now i have changed my mind they are awsoome makes me think twice

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    eddie 6 years ago

    there are college fraternities/orginizations/clubs/ etc why pick on the free masons

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