Dealing With Freemasonry's Critics

by Midnight Freemasons Founder
Todd E. Creason, 33°

Freemasons today spend so much time answering critics.  As a matter of fact, I've spent a couple painful weeks writing an article right in that same vein before deciding against it.  The Fraternity has always had critics, going back centuries.  Do you know how Freemasonry has traditionally answered those who criticize the Fraternity?

They don't.  And that was a very wise strategy.  

We learned a long time ago that a lot of time and energy that should be devoted to better uses can be easily wasted answering those who are critical of the things we do.  Time is one thing you just can't get back.  We also know that those who criticize our Fraternity frequently do so without an abundance of facts, or an interest in fairness.  And we know that no matter how eloquent our defenses are of our Fraternity, those who would criticize us will not be swayed from believing any differently than they already do.  It's just wasted energy.

It is important to know when to speak, and it is important to know when to remain silent.  Churchill was correct.  Let the dogs nip at our heels if they must, but lets focus our energies on the reasons we joined to begin with, and the important work that we do.


Todd E. Creason, 33° is the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and continues to be a regular contributor. He is the author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series. He is a Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), and currently serves as Secretary.  He's also a member of Homer Lodge No. 199.  He is a member the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, the York Rite Bodies of Champaign/Urbana (IL), the Ansar Shrine (IL), Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees, Charter President of the Illini High Twelve in Champaign-Urbana (IL), and a Fellow of the Missouri Lodge of Research.  He was recently awarded the 2014 Illinois Secretary of the Year Award by the Illinois Masonic Secretaries Association.  You can contact him at: