World Conference Of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges

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“Reflections and a Proposal on Limiting Debate on the Religious and Political Ideas in Lodge Meetings"

M. W. Bro. Gilberto Otero Valenzuela

Past Grand Master and Personal Representative of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge "Pacifico" of the State of Sonora

M.W. with the subject of social compromise the Masonry makes us enter into the main themes that affect the citizens. If you agree with me we can see that there are two important themes, among others, which are religion and politics that without a doubt are activities that regulate the legal order established by each nation, legal order which in its turn is issued and enforced by the governments through the legislative, executive and judicial powers.

These are the rules that regulate the extern lives of the citizens regarding the religious and political sphere because they are seen as values which the citizens in their common objective follow in order to comply with the minimum norms of common living and reach their goals regarding peace and prosperity, evolution and progress as social changes that cannot be postponed.

I particularly believe, as a citizen and as a Mason that limiting the ideological debate within he lodges, regarding religion and politics is the same as auto-censuring our freedom of thought regarding such transcendent themes. We auto-eliminate us from being factors of social change in what concerns religious and political deeds, avoiding our social responsibility of being participants at the issuance and production of legal rules and norms, of agreements advance of the social complexity and the common requests to reach, not only the modern but also a human progress together with the scientific and technological advances.

Regarding those mentioned above I propose to you, dear brethren, to take into consideration those stipulated above in order to adjust our legal texts according to those stated above, so that the limitations regarding the analysis in our workshops of religious and political matters be only regarding the exercise of the matters within the Lodge. And those who try to have an influence regarding a religion or a certain political party be oppressed by the authority of the great master who could stop any intent of proselytism for a party or religion.

Allow me to conclude with an anecdote: In the legislative debate of the Mexican Congress, regarding the reform of article 24 from the Constitution, which for many years allowed a great intervention of the priest in the education and other public areas, through a vote given in Congress, with the support of the right party, some from central party and very few of left party, they won against the liberals with one vote, which at their turn were made of central and left party politicians; the following were uttered by a liberal senator in the Supreme Council of Mexico, while she was lamenting that she could not find another liberal among the senators of the Republic, saying at the end of the defeat “So, where are the Masons from the Republican Congress?”.

I said.