do freemasons go to jail?

by brittney smith
(las Vegas nevada)

I was wondering when freemason get pulled over do they go to jail? Or if a freemason is in the car with other passangers will anyone go to jail?

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Mar 15, 2015
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Going to jail
by: Fred

Brittany,
Thanks for your question. In short, yes, Freemasons can go to jail. Being a mason does not put one above the law. If we speed, we are subject
to being ticketed just like anyone else. To say that minor infractions of the law, such as speeding, aren't dismissed when a police officer who is a mason pulls over a mason, would be unrealistic, because it can and does occur, but no mason is expecting it to happen. Our masonic obligations require us to live quietly within the law. There have been instances where masons have been arrested for crimes, and have served time. Generally, when this occurs, the mason who has been convicted, will be expelled by the Grand Lodge of which his lodge is located.

I hope this answers your question.

Mar 15, 2015
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You betcha
by: Lant

It's a good question, I think, one tying in to a common misperception.

Tim has it exactly right.

As secretary of my lodge, I have been digitizing 100 years of records and have found references to a number of cases of members being expelled from the fraternity following conviction for a serious criminal offence. I raise this because the men in question - less than a handful over a century, but each one counts - were indeed convicted in court of an offence and did jail time as a result.

There is no Get Out of Jail Free card that comes with a Masonic apron. Were I a judge or a cop and a fellow Freemason tried to improperly use that link between us to dodge the consequences of their own actions, I'd throw the book at them.

Jul 15, 2017
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deniable culpability
by: Anonymous

I could say I am the king of Zion but it soes not make it true. Since arrest records are public free information prove your statements by printing the persons prison ID number, state, year and offense, and what website to find it on, i.e. N.C.D.O.P.S.

Jul 19, 2017
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Seriously?
by: Lant

You actually think this would happen, Anonymous?

I have read records from my lodge, internal documents, describing the expulsion of men for criminal behaviour. In a couple of cases, the files include newspaper clippings re trials and convictions. There are no links to official databases and I have neither the time nor the inclination to do research to satisfy an antagonistic whim or challenge on the part of my old google-challenged chum 'Anon'.

In any case, inasmuch as you clearly support the postulation that Masons are somehow exempt the consequences of criminal behaviour, the onus is on you to provide evidence for such an extraordinary claim. Balls in your court....

Feb 15, 2019
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by: Anonymous

If a Freemason is convicted of a crime and expelled, is he still bound by the obligation he took?

What’s the point of expulsion if you can not take away the knowledge he has gained as a Freemason? If it only to disassociate should his former brothers ignore him?

Feb 16, 2019
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Bound?
by: Lant

Consider that the obligation a Mason takes is a moral one, not a legal one. There is no legal way to force a Mason or former Mason to keep quiet.

Freemasonry is not a country with its own legal system and the ability to impose the usual range of punitive sanctions open to nation-states. What would you have us do?

The point of expelling a miscreant, as I see it, is that we as a body, are disassociating ourselves from the individual and repudiating whatever crime or bad behaviour led to his expulsion.

As to ignoring such a person, let me ask you a question. Let's say one of your friends was found guilty of some serious crime - fraud, pedophilia, robbery, etc. Would you, you personally, still want to be friends with him? There's your answer.

Oct 06, 2019
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Founder bringing you back into reality NEW
by: Anonymous

Fred are you even a free Mason? It is illegal to arrest a free Mason no matter what charge is against them.

Oct 06, 2019
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Illegal to arrest a Mason? NEW
by: Tharn

I see our old friend and Masonic scholar, Anonymous, has returned to share his wisdom,

So it is illegal to arrest a Freemason? Really?

Tell us, oh wise one, by what statute? What law says so? Remember, all state and federal laws are online, so you can easily - so very easily for a man of your knowledge - post a a link here, one proving your point, one showing that you’re not just a blowhard troll. Easy-peas you, right?

Go ahead, we’ll wait.

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