I Want to Kick You Out of Freemasonry

by Midnight Freemason Contributor
Bro. Randy Sanders

"If you don’t do Masonry the way I think it should be done, then you should be kicked out of our fraternity."

Believe it or not, I’ve heard this twice in the past year from groups of Masons deciding their hard stand is the righteous path forward. The subject of the way Masonry should be done isn’t important to this writing. I’m a witness to brethren using education and communication platforms to push elitist views and work toward pushing Freemasonry into that brother’s own personal directions. Whereas Freemasonry has always been focused inward, on making yourself better, if Brother Billy-Joe-Jim-Bob isn’t working on his ritual or taking his turn at flipping pancakes on a Saturday morning fundraiser, it’s truly none of my business. It’s his personal decision as to how to apply the working tools, not mine for him. If Brother Billy-Joe-Jim-Bob thinks differently about social, economic, or political opinion, you guessed it, still none of my business. Brother Billy-Joe-Jim-Bob took his vows on the same altar I did, and I haven't walked in his shoes.

The issue of ego and elitism, of buying into an entitled or cancel culture (kicked out of the Fraternity) mindset, isn’t new. No, actually, Freemasonry has endured many splinter groups and cross-pollination into other groups since inception. Fortunately, in most cases, cooler heads prevailed over time, and Masons didn’t excommunicate large percentages of the Craft. Every individual has a right to his or her own opinion and his or her own thoughts. Who are we to tell someone they must think a certain way?

Groups of Freemasons wanted to band together for mutual insurance groups, so the Elks and Odd Fellows were created. Some Masons wanted more fraternity and less grumpy Past Masters criticizing ritual, so they took over a hotel for a weekend and threw a massive party. Turns out that while they enjoyed being Masons, they also enjoyed the fraternal brotherhood away from heavy dogma, enjoyed partying, and decided to help pay for children’s medical bills. Right Shriners? Grotto? Other Masons or candidates were disappointed in other issues with Freemasonry and formed social organizations like the Moose, Eagles, and others.

None of the above splinter groups are wrong. None. Not even the ritualists who took the ritual to a different depth adding much more symbolic and esoteric content than exists in Freemasonry. They, every one of them, realized that Freemasonry was just fine on its own and didn’t need to change. Freemasonry existed before they were born, throughout their lifetime, and will exist in largely the same way well after they are gone. These well-meaning but wrong-headed Masons were either frustrated by Freemasonry’s strictures and eventually realized what they wanted was outside the bounds of Freemasonry.

In every instance, ego and elitism played a part in the desire to change Freemasonry to the way they believed it should be done. In every instance, these Freemasons found a small group of other Freemasons to help champion their cause.

Brothers, Freemasonry is meant to show and demonstrate the use of tools to help your own personal growth. Your own personal journey. When we tell others how they should practice Freemasonry or try to change other Masons toward our own views, that crosses a line. If you want to change Freemasonry, go right ahead. There are multiple examples above in forming your own Masonic or non-Masonic affiliated lodges. Then others can join your lodge as they choose, or not.


Bro. Randy and his wife Elyana live in O'Fallon, MO, just outside of St. Louis. Randy earned a
Bachelors in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry, and he works in telecom IT. He volunteers his time as a professional and personal mentor, is an NRA certified Chief Range Safety Officer, and enjoys competitive tactical pistol. He has a 30+ year background teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu, Chi Kung, and healing arts. Randy's Masonic bio includes lodge education officer of two blue lodges, running the Wentzville Lodge Book Club, active in York Rite AMD, Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis co-librarian, Clerk of the Academy Of Reflection through the Valley of Guthrie, a trained facilitator for the Masonic Legacy Society. As a pre-COVID-19 pioneer in Masonic virtual education, Randy is an administrator of Refracted Light and an international presenter on esoteric topics. Randy enjoys facilitating and presenting Masonic esoteric education, and he hosts an open, weekly Masonic virtual Friday Happy Hour. Randy is an accomplished home chef, a certified barbecue judge, raises Great Pyrenees dogs, and enjoys travel and philosophy.


  1. But at the same tome there is a standard of conduct required to be a mason. You can’t be a mason and lie to your brothers every day. You can’t be a mason and pray off the youth groups for sex crimes. Obviously, there are lines that once crossed supered and virtue signaling that because someone took an obligation they’re in the level. An obligation is spoken - but, more importantly, it is upheld. Ny duty to my Brethren is to preserve our obligation and, where wise counsel fails, hold him to account.

  2. "Those east coast guys think they have a better brand of Freemasonry than we Midwesterners." ~Ray Denslow

  3. "Every individual has a right to his or her own opinion and his or her own thoughts. Who are we to tell someone they must think a certain way?"

    I disagree. The charges and obligations stipulate certain specific behaviors. Are you seriously suggesting that Masons may choose to countenance disloyalty and rebellion, to be untrue to their government and country, and remain Masons? Or that they may on Facebook alternate the Masonic emblem with hateful statements against a specific religious group? The "Brotherly Love and Friendship" theme has been carried too far when Brother Masons all turn blind eyes to those who will not conform to our regulations, and who sully the reputation of the Order. It is time we start aiding one another's reformation.


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