Many of North America's early patriots were Freemasons. Thirteen signers of the Constitution and fourteen Presidents of the United States, including George Washington, were Masons. In Canada, the Father of the Confederation, Sir John A. MacDonald, was a Mason, as were other early Canadian and American leaders.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry is how so many men, from so many different walks of life, can meet together in peace, always conducting their affairs in harmony and friendship and calling each other "Brother."
Freemasonry (or Masonry) is dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God. It uses the tools and implements of ancient architectural craftsmen symbolically in a system of instruction designed to build character and moral values in its members. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military, and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is a fraternity which encourages its members to practice the faith of their personal acceptance. Masonry teaches that each person, through self-improvement and helping others, has an obligation to make a difference for good in the world.Several Masonic Principles Are:
Faith must be the center of our lives.
All men and women are the children of God.
No one has the right to tell another person what he or she must think or believe.
Each person has a responsibility to be a good citizen, obeying the law.
It is important to work to make the world a better place for all.
Honor and integrity are keys to a meaningful life
Anti Masons include: Bill Schnoeblen, Jack T. Chick, the Mormon Church
1.Be a man who comes of his own will.
2.Believe in some Supreme Being, God, or Deity. This does not mean it has to be God. It is open for the interpretation and no one shall be placed in a situation of having to explain their interpretation.
3.Be of minimum age (depends on jurisdiction)
4.Be of good morals and reputation.
5.Be of sound mind and body.
6.Be free-born. You cannot be born a slave.
7.Be able to produce character references and possibly one or two references from current Masons.
A misconception is of them being "devil worshipers, pagans, NWO supporters" etc. There are a few clarifications I'd like to make to those judgments. Any form of devil worship is recognized in most forms except LaVeyan Satanism which can be disputed. Pagans I do not know if they'd be accepted considering they worship many gods, not one. And NWO is a political concept and thus excluded from any situation in the Masonic Lodges.
Masons have many levels and different organizations but the structure is mostly the same except a few specifications like rituals, passcodes, etc.
Most conspiracy theories about this organization comes from the secrecy they hold to their doings. They keep their privacy for their own reasons. It is just demonizing an organization trying to be peaceful and helpful.