Many people confuse Grand Orient Freemasonry with that practiced by the American Grand Lodges. The American Grand Lodges are religion based social clubs. Whereas the Grand Orient is a philosophical organization that is engaged in the protection of both individual and human rights. We believe that constitutional democracies are the only form of civil government that can act in the best interest of the people, and the preservation of their rights. In light of this we hold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights to be among the greatest and loftiest achievements of mankind. We view the separation of church and state as essential to preserving the harmony and welfare of the people.
Grand Orient Freemasonry is:
We are a continuation of the Enlightenment ideals of Freemasons such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Our Masonic lineage can be traced back through the Grand Orient of France to the Grand Lodge of England that was first established in 1717.
The fraternal aspects of Freemasonry are to be found in its ancient rituals and festivities. The rituals are a way to connect the past with the present and future. Since 1717 every Mason has been initiated into the fraternity in the same way. For some it is a rite of passage, while for others it’s a connection to the roots of the United States and its founding fathers.
The Grand Orient of the United States promotes continuing education in civic virtue, science, natural philosophy, ethics, critical thinking, mathematics, business and other related subjects. Many lodge meetings are specifically dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge.
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