I’ll be collecting the most common arguments used to attack Freemasonry (meaning baseless accusations of Satanism and such, not mere disagreements). Arguments will be added as I come across them.
In Morals & Dogma Albert Pike wrote: “Masonry is identical to the ancient Mysteries”.
The full quote by Pike is this: “Though Masonry is identical with the ancient Mysteries, it is so only in this qualified sense: that it presents but an imperfect image of their brilliancy, the ruins only of their grandeur, and a system that has experienced progressive alterations, the fruits of social events, political circumstances, and the ambitious imbecility of its improvers.” Anyone can see from that alone that Pike isn’t really saying that Masonry is the same as the ancient Mysteries.
Pike worshiped Lucifer: “Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable, blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish souls? Doubt it not!”
This is another quote out of context, here’s the full quote: “The Apocalypse is, to those who receive the nineteenth Degree, the Apothesis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone, and despises all the pomps and works of Lucifer. LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darknesss! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls ? Doubt it not! for traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations: and Inspiration is not of one Age nor of one Creed. Plato and Philo, also, were inspired. The Apocalypse, indeed, is a book as obscure as the Sohar. It is written hieroglyphically with numbers and images; and the Apostle often appeals to the intelligence of the Initiated. “Let him who hath knowledge, understand! let him who understands,calculate !” he often says, after an allegory or the mention of a number. Saint John, the favorite Apostle, and the Depositary of all the Secrets of the Saviour, therefore did not write to beundertood by the multitude. Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, XIX. Grand Pontiff”
Pike is indeed literally wondering about the naming of a spirit of Darkness as a Light-bearer. There’s no idealization going on here, Pike is obviously telling Masons to beware the temptations of Lucifer and that weak and misguided individuals will be mislead by Lucifer (Lucifer blinds feeble and selfish souls).
“The day has come when Fellow Craftsman must know and apply their knowledge. The lost key to their grade is the mastery of emotion , which places the energy of the universe at their disposal. Man can only expect to be entrusted with great power by proving his ability to use it constructively and selflessly. When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands, and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy. He must follow in the footsteps of his forefather, Tubal-Cain, who with the mighty strength of the war god hammered his sword into a plowshare.” Manly P. Hall, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry
Before even going into this quote one must remember that no one can speak absolutely for Freemasonry, every Mason has the right to interpret the teachings as he wishes, similarly he has the right to accept or disregard any author he wishes.
Now, this quote is out of context in a more subtle way than most. Manly P. Hall was indeed a Mason, a rather influential one at that. BUT, he wasn’t always a Mason. Hall wrote the Lost Keys of Freemasonry in 1923, 31 years before he became a Mason. Therefore, his book is just an outsiders interpretation.