1) Many times online in the USA, people pretend to a military sniper-shooter, Navy SEAL member, or a 16-year-old girl. Is a “Clandestine Mason” something that people pretend to be more often than not? I suspect that there are a fair number of people claiming to be Masons to impress others. The term ‘clandestine’ carries a special connotation to us, that of groups pretending to be Masons, holding meetings and such, but with no proper authority. BTW, this links to your previous set of questions - how can a Mason tell? Well, as a vet, how long does it take for you to recognize a hot air artist claiming to be a former Ranger?
2) If you lose your faith in God in the Masons, do you get kicked out or is there a saving-grace period of which your Brothers will help try to bring you back? Once a man has been accepted, religion is never discussed in lodge - even raising the issue is forbidden. It would thus be impossible for anyone else to know unless you yourself mention it. Now, if you do mention it, in my jurisdiction ‘promotion of or adherence to atheism’ is a Masonic offense and could quite possibly get you expelled. No brother will ever ‘try to bring you back’, for that would be a discussion of religion in and of itself.
3) I’ve heard Masons go by the name of Travelling Men. How has the internet impacted this concept of travel/migration? I myself am unfamiliar with the term.
4) What is a Masonic principle regarding Greed? What happens if a member becomes too greedy? We are expected to treat others fairly and with compassion. Beyond that, I wouldn’t want to speculate on hypotheticals.
5) Are there any TransGender Masons? That question is going to come up and may already have, but not so far as I know in a jurisdiction I am familiar with. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, I guess.
6) Are there any Hermaphroditic Masons? As above
7) Is there nothing to fear but fear itself? That depends on one’s personal philosophy, I guess.
8) What do you hope or believe happens to you when you die? And has that changed since you joined the Masons? I myself am a Christian, with the beliefs that religion brings. That is a personal belief and Masonry as a whole has absolutely no position on such questions.
9) Do you believe there are things that people would not accept even if they were to be able to comprehend them? Are there some Truths that people are just not able to ‘handle’? Interesting question over a pint or three, but not so far as I can see one related to Freemasonry.
10) Has your involvement in the Masons shown you a side of yourself that you did not know before? Yes, absolutely. The effects are subtle and take a long time to take effect. Paradoxically, they are also almost impossible to describe properly, so I will not try.
11) Are tattoos frowned upon? Are there limitations on tattoos (in the USA)? Not so far as I know, but I am not in the USA.
12) I heard that you are supposed to remove all metal before you do some Masonic stuff, is it an issue if you . . . let’s say, have shrapnel in your body? Shouldn’t be an issue.
13) Someone replied to my “21 Questions,” that any drug legal or illegal is prohibited. But what if you have your Medical Marijuana Card or live in a state where it is recreational? Also, caffeine is a drug, so where do you draw the line? The line comes straight from legality. Caffeine is, last I checked, legal everywhere. What is the legal status of your stash? If it’s legal, then marijuana is not an issue. Again, we don’t spy on fellow Masons, but somebody who got arrested for possession of crack, let’s say, might have some explaining to do in lodge.
14) I heard somewhere (on the internet of course, ha) that a Mason can be “made on sight.” Is this true? Has it ever really happened? Yes, it has happened, but it is very rare and not all places grant that privilege to their grand masters. In essence, the individual goes through all the normal initiation ceremonies, but the grand master waives the normal screening process with interviews, etc.
15) Do you think is it possible or likely that in the future, the globe will have one religion and one language? Or are people destined to be divided? Now that you have asked, I have a personal opinion, but this is something which forms no part of Freemasonry nor would Masonry as a whole have any comment on it.
16) When celebrities, politicos, or well-known people join the Masons – Is there an etiquette outside of Lodge as far as making contact? No.
17) How are the Masons reacting to the decline in membership because of the Baby-Boomers aging status? Well, my lodge is growing, so it’s hard for me to comment, sorry.
18) What exactly is a “degree”? Much like a ‘grade’ in school. Every Mason takes the three first degrees - Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason. Many never go farther. There are some concordant bodies which Master Masons can join, like the Scottish Rite, which have numbered degrees running up to 33, but these are not quite the same thing. A 32nd Degree member of the Scottish Rite has no more authority, privilege or power than a 3rd Degree Master Mason.
19) Is there or why not create an all online Mason experience with physical meetings on the less regular? Why not do Skype Lodge meetings in your underwear? My jurisdiction does have an internet lodge of research. As to Skype meetings, there are a number of reasons why that wouldn’t be possible.
20) Does your lodge have Wi-Fi? The building my lodge meets in does, yes. Not all do.
21) If there is one phrase, motto, or advice you have kept through your life, what would it be? ‘Lead, follow or get out of my way.’ I could live with that, I guess.