Is Freemasonry a religion?

Freemasonry is certainly not a religion. It offers neither salvation nor redemption and no sacrament is offered. Members are expected to hold their own beliefs in a supreme being and are actively encouraged to follow and practise their own religion. 

It is forbidden for members to discuss political or religious topics for fear that the harmony of the lodge is disturbed. Freemasons regard the Supreme Being as The Great Architect of the Universe thus enabling members from different religions to meet in harmony on the level. The Bible is open at every meeting of each Lodge. If members of other religions than Christianity are present, the corresponding Holy Books are also opened. Candidates for initiation make their promises on the Book relating to their religion.