A Tramp Abroad

"What's your father's religious denomination?"
"Him? Oh, he's a blacksmith."
"No, no - I don't mean his trade. What's his RELIGIOUS DENOMINATION?"
"OH - I didn't understand you befo'. He's a Freemason."
"No, no, you don't get my meaning yet. What I mean is, does he belong to any CHURCH?"
"NOW you're talkin'! Couldn't make out what you was a-tryin' to git through yo' head no way. B'long to a CHURCH! Why, boss, he's ben the pizenest king of Free-will Babtis' for forty year. They ain't no pizener ones 'n what HE is. Mighty good man, pap is. Everybody says that. If they said any diffrunt they wouldn't say it whar I wuz - not MUCH they wouldn't."
"What is your own religion?"
"Well, boss, you've kind o' got me, there—and yit you hain't got me so mighty much, nuther. I think 't if a feller he'ps another feller when he’s in trouble, and don't cuss, and don't do no mean things, nur noth'n' he ain' no business to do, and don't spell the Saviour’s name with a little g, he ain't runnin' no resks—he’s about as saift as he b'longed to a church."
"But suppose he did spell it with a little g—what then?"
"Well, if he done it a-purpose, I reckon he wouldn't stand no chance—he OUGHTN'T to have no chance, anyway, I'm most rotten certain 'bout that."[1]

This text illustrates the presence of Freemasonry in Samuel Clemens' own life, as this is a non-fiction travel book. This passage also provides evidence of commonly held beliefs that Freemasonry is a religion.
  1. ^ Twain, Mark. A Tramp Abroad. (1880). American Publishing Company.