Well, it's interesting you mention the Blue Lodge since Albert Pike, the Masonic Grand master who Stephen Hand labels "the old goose," termed them as "porticos (porches) of religion" in his book "Dogma & Morals of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry." In other words, it's somewhat nebulous where the Freemasonry the lodge ends and the religion begins.
You're also quite correct that secret societies are no longer needed, since Freemasonry and the occult, particularly the New Age, have been midwifed into mainstream culture through figures like Oprah Winfrey.
Pike was a very strange man. I haven't read his book Morals and Dogma but maybe will at some point. Freemasonry is really a secret society within a secret society...or it was, as secret societies aren't even needed anymore. I believe Pike himself mentions that in Morals and Dogma. Ahh, the blue lodges. I've known some very good guys who are Masons. Hard to believe that at the top the rites, at least according to Pike, involved sodomy.