It’s not.

More and more, Freemasonry is becoming increasingly open. It isn’t secretive, although it sometimes has that reputation. Masons don’t make a secret of membership to a fraternity. Members wear rings, lapel pins, and tie clasps, all with Masonic emblems like the Square and Compasses.

Masonic buildings are clearly marked, are usually listed in the phone book and many, like us, have their own website. Lodge activities and events are often listed in the newspapers, especially in smaller towns.

There are two traditional elements to Freemasonry that can be seen as secretive. Grips (or handshakes) and passwords unique to any fraternity and Masonic ceremonies. These are private (for members only) but are not secret.

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