Do you happen to know if there are atheist/humanist lodges as well?
None that I know of REQUIRE a candidate to be an atheist/humanist, but some are staunchly ‘laïque,’ which has no satisfactory English equivalence and refers, in part, to ‘freedom of conscience’ (sometimes translated as ‘secular,’ however this is a poor substitute, being a negative term, meaning ‘not of religion, the clergy or things spiritual’). We read (Wikipedia, Laïcité):
The conception of laïcité is based on the respect of freedom of thought and of freedom of religion. Thus, the absence of a state religion and the subsequent separation of the state and Church is considered a prerequisite of such freedom of thought. Laïcité is thus distinct from anti-clericalism, which actively opposes the influence of religion and of the clergy. Laïcité relies on the division between private life, to which its adherents believe religion belongs, and the public sphere, in which each individual, its adherents believe, should appear devoid of ethnic, religious or others particularities, and as a simple citizen equal to all others citizens. According to this conception, the government must refrain from taking positions on religious doctrine and only consider religious subjects from their practical consequences on inhabitants' lives.
S & F, Philip Carter / The Quarry / If there is anything in the universe that can't stand discussion, let it crack (Wendell Phillips)
" Do you happen to know if there are atheist/humanist lodges as well?"
Not any that are deliberately stated to be Atheist nor any that make this a requirement as far as I am aware. However Grand Orient of France would probably be best for you given that they make no demand upon their members in this regard. Atheist, Agnostic, Deist or devout member of a religion, they are not concerned.
.............But that you seek it tells me you're on a far greater journey than you may now realize. Pack extra socks and a few dozen energy bars Good luck to you
How true, as I can attest...and I've only just begun the journey and not yet reached the first juncture.
Not yet a mason, but have knocked.
--Bro. Darylee, 3º, (Lady in Ohio) American Co-Masonry, American Federation of Human Rights My posts are my personal opinions. The Opinons expressed herein don't represent the opinions of my Lodge, Grandlodge or any other masonic jurisdiction. www.co-masonry.org/