where is freemasonry illegal

Freemasonry isn't a worldwide organization. There are many places where Freemasonry is banned due to its concept and clash with different aspects of religions. For that reason, if you are planning to reside in some country, it is better to …

Don't be distracted by the handshakes and funny aprons – we should be holding the masons to account, writes the Guardian columnist Dawn Foster.

Many years later she encouraged me to join Ryburn Lodge in Halifax and I went on to co-write a bestselling book called The Hiram Key, which inspired the Da Vinci Code. I wrote that book to help me understand Freemasonry …

A judge has banned a family from having the Freemasons square and compass emblem etched into the gravestone of a Freemason who died after devoting much of his life to the organization.

Faced with dwindling ranks, the Freemasons are trying to shed their secretive image. The grand master of an Israeli branch says the organization is 'Boy Scouts for adults' and joining is as easy as sending an email – for men, …

Best-selling author Dan Brown's latest novel, The Lost Symbol, draws on the lore and mystique of the Freemasons. Once the object of fear and suspicion, the group is now a social organization with spiritual leanings.

BBC News website readers have put their questions about Freemasonry to Nigel Brown, grand secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

… served as the lodge's grand master at one point), and branched to 43 Lodges and at least 1,035 members. Since the Revolution, Freemasonry has been banned in Iran; a “Grand Lodge of Iran in Exile” is currently established in Los Angeles, …

… as any organisation has. This particularly applies to our rituals which, like many traditional rituals, have more power and significance through being revealed to initiates at the appropriate time. We have nothing illegal or undesirable to hide.