Modern Free-Masonry states freedom of conscience as one of its core values. This is not a concept that is easily understood. It its most basic form, it implies a multiplicity of other concepts such as freedom of thought and expression, separation of church and state, emancipation of lifestyles, freedom from the suppression of religion and government, refusal of racism, and many others. The Grand Orient of France has a very informative web page that outlines Freedom of Conscience, as it relates to the concept of "Laïcité".
Read more at http://ns6745.ovh.net/~godf/foreign/uk/laicite_uk.html