“There is an impulse to Freedom planted deep in the human soul by the Creator of man’s being, and never till it awakens does man realize his birthright and evolve to higher planes of life. Previous to this awakening, he is either a slave to his own animal nature or held in the bondage of superstition and fear by some despot who claims the right to rule him “by the grace of God,” either in the name of religion, or by the power of political prerogative.”

– J.D. Buck, “The Genius of Freemasonry”