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Can we wear freemason apparel like t-shirts even if we are not a mason. To support masonery?
Posted: 27 November 2015 01:08 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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There are so many freemason apparel out there like t-shirt available to all the population. Is it ok to buy and wear such apparal if you are not a freemason to support your cause?

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Posted: 27 November 2015 01:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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There is no copyright on the Square and Compasses. There are some states in the US that have laws against non-masons displaying the symbols of the Fraternity but they are hardly ever enforced. The real issue for non-masons wearing those symbols is the interpretation by Masons. If you wear the usual symbol on a t-shirt,  I will probably come up to you and ask you a rather weird question.  Since you couldn’t answer correctly, I will consider you a “cowen” or faker. We would not be friends after that. In fact, I would probably go out of my way to avoid further contact with you.

Show your support by being a good man and leave the symbols to those who have earned the privilege of wearing them.

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Posted: 27 November 2015 01:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Brother John - 27 November 2015 01:30 PM

There is no copyright on the Square and Compasses. There are some states in the US that have laws against non-masons displaying the symbols of the Fraternity but they are hardly ever enforced. The real issue for non-masons wearing those symbols is the interpretation by Masons. If you wear the usual symbol on a t-shirt,  I will probably come up to you and ask you a rather weird question.  Since you couldn’t answer correctly, I will consider you a “cowen” or faker. We would not be friends after that. In fact, I would probably go out of my way to avoid further contact with you.

Show your support by being a good man and leave the symbols to those who have earned the privilege of wearing them.

Thanks again for your answer M. John! I would personnally not do that but i was wondering. But M.John i thought it would be kind of a flattery to see that people would wear your stuff. But i can understand i used to have a clothing company and when i saw people i didn’t know wearing my stuff it felt kind of weird i was happy though. I also want to say that i surfed the web lately and noticed that other fraternity’s where trying to sell there symbols to non members to show your loyalty and i was personnaly against that because i think you better be a member of any givin fraternity before wearing official apparel.

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Posted: 27 November 2015 09:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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One of the biggest problems is that by wearing it, non-masons around you may assume that you are a mason. Then what if the person wearing it does things that are un-masonic like? It could change the perspective others have about Masonry for the negative even though a Mason had nothing to do with it.

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Posted: 28 November 2015 01:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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I know there are so many people that would like to wear such things like official clothing of freemassonnery(people who would like to support the cause and many followers). I am not saying this to tell you what to do, But wouldn’t it help finance the lodges that are getting with an older population and not alot of newcommers.  I know you all will find a way to fix this problem but i was just sharing this because i am in a fraternity and alot of places close because of lack of people and lack of contributions. And i personnally don’t like that.

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Posted: 29 November 2015 06:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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It’s hard to imagine that it would provide much of a financial boost to lodges, so financial ‘support’ isn’t a viable concept. As to moral ‘support’, I fail to see how that would work, either.

Just with respect to the propriety of wearing something you are not entitled to, what would you think of somebody wearing a Phi Beta Kappa ring if he never graduated from high school? Personally, I think that would be just a little pretentious.

How about somebody wearing a Roman collar if they are not ordained?

Putting this into your area of the world, what would be the reaction from a member of the R22eR if people started wandering around in public wearing Le Castor? Those soldiers earned the right to wear that badge and I suspect they would be less than happy to have it worn by anybody with a couple of dollars in their pocket.

No law against it, but you’ll get no support here, sorry.

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Posted: 30 November 2015 02:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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It’s also worth noting, that the only real ‘official’ clothing are actually the aprons - and I very much doubt that you’ll ever see them as everyday wear!  The t-shirts etc. are really just that; t-shirts with emblems on - although wearing them is likely to generate differing reactions resulting from a) those wearing them, and b) the reactions of those ‘responding’ to them (cf. John et al comments).

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Posted: 30 November 2015 05:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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philippeheinischducharme - 27 November 2015 01:08 PM

There are so many freemason apparel out there like t-shirt available to all the population. Is it ok to buy and wear such apparal if you are not a freemason to support your cause?

I’m sorry but non-Freemasons wearing or displaying the emblems of Freemasonry does not support or help freemasonry!

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Posted: 08 December 2015 12:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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Its not trademarked so technically you can yes but might not be the best idea.

I agree with Brother Mike, I don’t feel it helps or supports at all, in fact depending on the situation it can HURT, Imagine average Joe wears a Masonic Shirt and does something stupid or unbecoming, I highly doubt anyone is going to ask if hes “Really a Mason”

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