The history and traditions of Freemasonry date back to antiquity, with the singular purpose of making good men better. The tenets of our fraternity; Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth have stood the test of time.
We use these principles to guide our lifes in service to our neighbors and community.
No, it is not a religion. This is not to say that masons do not have religious beliefs. One of the tenets of the Masonic Fraternity is that its members are free to express their beliefs in the religion of their choice. However, it is also a condition of membership that each recognize that the wonders of the universe are not here as a result of the doings of man; but rather as a result of a Supreme Being, who brings order and purpose to our existence.
This is a widespread misconception, and is completely untrue. The so-called secrets of Freemasonry have actually been in print for well over a century. The fraternity does nothing to hide its existence, its purpose or its membership. The lessons taught in our meetings are meant for the improvement and education of our members.
If you are interested in learning more about Freemasonry there are over 50,000 books published on the subject, some of which may be found in your local libraries. Two excellent books that you may wish to read are The Pilgrim's Path, written by John J. Robinson, who, after several years of researching the fraternity, became so impressed with it that he petitioned a Lodge and became a member. Another is The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry by S. Brent Morris (a local Maryland Mason). Don't let the title fool you! You will find it to be a very interesting and myth-busting introduction to the history and practice of Freemasonry.