Hello everyone, thanks for reading. As the title insists, I’m asking if there are any African American members in Freemason lodges around the continental United States. I live in the United States Virgin Islands, and I know that there are some black masons. I never knew that there were any before I saw them on island.
I also have a few other personal questions. If it’s no problem to read through this wall of text, I would definitely appreciate any answers.
Are the Freemasons a Christian organization with Christian beliefs?
My father (a Catholic police officer) was once asked if he would be interested in joining, about 20+ years ago, long before I was born. He heard rumors about freemasonry, and the question he asked the “representative” is “Do masons believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God?” the reply being something like, “Well uh, we believe in a higher power, but-”. That being where my father cut him off, and declining the invitation. I’ve heard elsewhere that my father might have definitely fit in.
Does the initiation “ritual” go against any Christian (esp. Seventh-Day Adventist) beliefs?
When one is being welcomed into a Freemason lodge, are they required to do anything in terms of assault, the consumption of alcohol or pork/seafood, or anything else of the sort that might go against Christian beliefs?
Does the organization accept members of the United States military?
I will soon be enlisting in the United States Navy. Does Freemasonry conflict with the active duty lifestyle? Are only officers accepted? I am planning on using a NROTC scholarship or the G.I. Bill to complete a technical degree and returning as a Naval officer. If the military moves me to a different area of the country, would I be able to visit other lodges?
What is the Eastern Star’s purpose/importance to Freemasons?
That is how I’ve come to recognize the Freemasons on my island. On either the license plate or the back windows of their cars, there’s a upside-down star with a white center and different colors. Is the Eastern Star based off of the infamous satanic pentagram, or vice versa? Are there any Freemasons who see Satan as their “Supreme Being”?
Is it possible to sit in on a Masonic meeting before I decide to join?
And also, if I believe that it would be best for me not to be attend and be a part of these meetings, is it just as easy for me to stop coming?
I am an 18 year old African American male, a United States citizen by birth from the Virgin Islands (a US territory). I go by the Seventh-Day Adventist Christian faith, and have no criminal records or anything of the sort. I am deciding to dedicate myself to the U.S. military for the purpose of national defense. I would be interested in the Freemasons for the general camaraderie. Thank you very much for reading all of the that, and I appreciate any help.