From the Wise Master (June, 2012)

posted May 23, 2015, 5:33 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 5:33 PM ]
Jack Harris
There are a number of Rose-Croix degrees differing in a measure from each other in the work and in their teachings.  The Alchemical or Hermetic Masons are taught a different degree in all respects from the so-called Christian Rose-Croix, and they again differ from the universal, tolerant, and more acceptable teachings.  The following words of one of the most eminent students of  Masonry, and an ardent admirer of the A. and A. Rite, may be quoted here:
If anywhere brethren of a particular religious belief have been excluded from this degree, it merely shows how gravely the plans and purposes of Masonry may be misunderstood, for whenever the door of any one degree is closed against him who believes in one God and the soul's immortality, on account of the other tenants of his faith, that degree is no longer Masonry, which is universal, but some other thing, that is exclusive, and accordingly intolerant.  Each degree erects a platform on which the Israelite, the Mohammedan, the Buddhist, and the Christian may stand side by side and hand in hand.  One language is spoken in common, the language of the Scottish Rite of Masonry, which speaks directly to the heart.  

Till next time - 
Jack Harris
Wise Master