Free Mason's are a fraternity, Not a religion. Masonry is the oldest fraternity in the world, and dates back as far as the dawn of civilization. In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization in England when the first grand lodge was formed. As a fraternal association dedicated to making good men better, free masonry respects the religious belief of all its members. It is an open, not secretive, society. Masonic meetings are announced publicly, Masonic buildings are marked clearly, and Masons are proudly wear jewelry to identify their memberships. Free Masonry is open to all men of good character. We do not discriminate on basis of race, religion, or social class. The Masons bonds of friendship, compassion and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political and religious conflicts through the centuries. Today, a Mason can travel to almost any county in the world and find a Masonic Lodge where he will be welcomed as a "Brother"