My short answer, explained in a new article, is "no," Freemasonry is not a religion and, thus, will not get much airtime on the AltReligion site.
There are certainly those who will disagree with me, but I'm not going to categorize everything that some person calls a religion as a religion. I need a reason, and for me the reasons just aren't there.
First and foremost, Freemasons do not themselves call it a religion. I write primarily about what religious people do, and in the mind of Freemasons, what they are doing is not religious. I cover Scientology precisely because Scientologists do consider their practices religious, even though many of their critics disagree.
And what about those rumors of the very highest levels of Freemasons participating in Satanic or other overtly religious rituals? Not being a high-level Freemason, I have no access to such rituals...and neither do most people who level such accusations. Even if I did have access, it would be highly unprofessional of me to publish such things. Such supposed materials are for the eyes of a very few. Just because it might be interesting doesn't give me a right to it.
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