Freemasonry & religion
Freemasonry is not a religion. Neither is it a substitute for religion. To become a Freemason a man must believe in a deity or supreme being, but the name he gives to that being is unimportant. Men of every faith are welcomed, and encouraged to be as active as possible in the promotion and support of their chosen religion. This is the reason that Masons refer to "The Great Architect Of The Universe" - a neutral term which ensures that no deity is excluded.
Freemasonry & politics
Freemasonry is not a political organisation. Although every member will have their own political opinions, in common with the rest of the population, the discussion of political (as well as religious) topics in a Lodge is expressly forbidden. These subjects tend to be divisive and it is Freemasonry's aim to bring men of all persuasions closer together.