Freemasonry demands that its members abide by the laws of the country in
which they work and live.
Its principles do not conflict in any way with membersí duties as citizens,
but should rather encourage and support members in fulfilling their public and
The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his business, professional
or personal interests is forbidden.
A Masonís duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other
Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who has acted dishonourably or
unlawfully is strictly forbidden.
Discussion on political or religious matters is not permitted at Masonic meetings as
either can be a cause of dissension.