The George Washington Union of Freemasons in North America expresses its sincere emotion after the horrifying attacks that happened last week in Paris, France, killing journalists, news personnel and police officers. Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, has been attacked and terrorists killed 17 people during three days of terror.

This barbaric act at Charlie Hebdo attacks all principles of a free democracy. These barbarians tried to attack liberty. In these difficult times, unity and fight against obscurantism will be the response and will strengthen our values for a better society. Fanaticism will not stop the fundamentals of liberty.

Freemasonry exists in the name of freedom of conscience, freedom of expression and freedom in general.

We, the SS:. and BB:. of the G:.W:.U:., express our sorrow to the families of the victims and our solidarity towards any action supporting freedom of the press and freedom of speech that are unifying thousands of citizens from all nationalities and all religions around the world.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

Harmony, Unity, Progress

The GWU Freemasons

What is Freemasonry?

Generally Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest secular fraternal organizations, whose members are concerned with moral and spiritual values. The Fraternity aims to unite men and women of differing beliefs into a harmonious and productive community through the application of Masonic moral values and the practice of benevolence, intellectual development, and mutual respect.

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Who is Eligible?

We accept men and women candidates, over 21 years of age, who believe in complete freedom of conscience, in democratic values, in universal human rights, and in the principles of Freemasonry as defined in Anderson’s Constitutions of 1723 and L'Appel de Strasbourg.

The candidates must be "free" of prejudice and dogma, and willing to commit to a lifelong search for the truth through constant reflection, introspection and outward altruism...  [more]

About George Washington Union

Throughout the year 1976 several American and French Freemasons were meeting in New York anticipating celebrating together the 200th anniversary of American Independence Day on July 4th. The French Freemasons were members of New York’s Lodge L’Atlantide which, since 1900, had been working under a charter from the Grand Orient de France. Later that same year, on December 10, 1976...  [more]