To be honest, as a complete outsider, I think that part of the reason is just the "weird"-ness of it all. I attended a Masonic funeral and it seemed pretty kooky. People can be easily put off by ritual. Let me add that I have no issues with Masons and to the extent of my understanding I think it is a great organization and from this thread it seems like we owe them/you all a lot. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!