Is Freemasonry a patriotic body?
Yes and no. The aims of Freemasonry are not specifically to embolden patriotism. It does however promote a strong affinity towards a passionate interest in the nation in which the Freemason resides. It encourages more than a passive interest in the development of civil society and our roles as citizens in it. The patriotism that is displayed is the result of that interest in the well-being of society itself.
The fraternity does strongly encourage the adherence and following of the principals and laws of the country in which the man lives.