Freemasons have been undeservedly stigmatised, the organisation leader has said, and will be running a series of open evenings to prove it is not a secret society.
The United Grand Lodge of England placed adverts in three national newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, headlined enough is enough, saying it is the victim of misrepresentation.
Chief executive Dr David Staples said he had written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission about concerns its 200,000-plus members are the victims of gross misrepresentation and discrimination.
He said At the United Grand Lodge of England, we value honesty, integrity and service to the community above all else. Last year we raised over £33 million for good causes.
As an organisation we welcome individuals from all walks of life, of any race, faith, age, class or political persuasion.
Dr Staples added Throughout our 300 year history, when people have suffered discrimination Freemasonry has embraced them into our lodges as equals.
The United Grand Lodge of England believes that the ongoing gross misrepresentation of its 200,000 plus members is discrimination. Pure and simple.
Our members shouldn’t have to feel undeservedly stigmatised.
No other organisation would stand for this and nor should we.
I have written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission to make this case.
He added that people might have questions about Freemasonry and that members would be hosting Q&A sessions across the country.
I appreciate that you may have questions about who we are and what we do, so why not ask those who know?, he said.
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