Through lessons in morality and peer associations, the 32 degrees in the Scottish Rite promote the behaviors which civilized the men and strengthened their society.
The Scottish Rite is the champion of individual freedoms and citizenship rights and responsibilities. Good men from all religions, Christians, Jews, Moslems, Hindus, and more, may become Scottish Rite Masons, the only requirement being that they have first become members of a Masonic lodge.
Scottish Rite Masons are urged to take an active leadership role in the promotion and protection of individual rights, government by democracy, free speech and press, equal treatment before the law, freedom of religion and the individual and separation of church and state.
Contributed by the late Ralph Head, 33rd Degree, Editor, California Free Mason