Jose Rizal was a deist.
Rizal was executed not only because he fought for the freedom of Filipinos, he was likely also killed for his Religious Philosophy. He committed heresy when he denied the supreme Catholic vanity of being the “one true faith.” Click here to read more on his Religious Philosophy
Rizal uncle, Jose Alberto Alonzo, was a Mason himself.
“Rizal was made a Master Mason on November 15, 1890 at Logia Solidaridad 53 in Madrid, Spain. He affiliated with a lodge under the jurisdiction of Grand Orient of France on October 14, 1891, and was made honorary Worshipful Master of Nilad Lodge No. 144 in 1892. There he delivered a lecture entitled “La Masoneria”.” – http://www.meridianlodge268.org/the-life-and-death-of-bro-jose-rizal.html
“The Sovereign Grand Commander of the Philippine Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite, Ill. Rudyardo V. Bunda, 33°, writes in the preface to Dimasalang: “Most Filipinos know that Rizal was a Mason, but very few are familiar with the extent of his involvement in the Fraternity.” The Grand Commander goes on to note that his Supreme Council “considers this book as a meaningful contribution to the scholarship on Rizal and is proud to publish it as its share in the commemoration of the Centennial  of Rizal’s martyrdom.” – The life and death of Brother Jose Rizal
Article by Fred Lamar Pearson, Jr., 33°
Becoming A Mason means automatic excommunication for all Catholics since 1738 and reaffirmed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Phlippines (CBCP) in 1990.
This just stands as one more example of his Anti-Catholic views know the risk and meaning behind this choice.
In 1890 “Plan to organize Philippine Masonry and establish Masonic lodges in Manila and the provinces was initiated by Marcelo del Pilar and Dr Jose Rizal with the aim of “forming a strong united league and teach Filipinos to make use of their freedom of thought and speech”. – http://www.philippinemasonry.org/1856–1890.html
He used the symbolic name within the Craft, Dimasalang meaning “cannot be touched.”
“Noli Me Tángere (Latin for Touch Me Not) is a novel written by José Rizal, considered as one of the national heroes of the Philippines, during the colonization of the country by Spain to expose the inequities of the Spanish Catholic priests and the ruling government.” – Wikipedia
“The Philippine Supreme Council, with the five Subordinate Bodies and one Lodge of Perfection as the nucleus, met on December 16, 1949 for purposes of organization and crown the necessary number of members in accordance with the Instruction from the Mother Council. December 30, 1949, the anniversary of the execution of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was chosen to promulgate the advent of the new Supreme Council, to receive the vows of fealty of the members, and to announce to the world that the new Supreme Council, organized according to the ancient customs of our Craft..” – http://www.supremecouncil.ph/origin.html
Retraction of his life’s accomplishments of The Great Work at his death
However, a controversy remains on whether or not Rizal recanted Masonry before he died. There were allegedly three eye-witnesses to his retraction: Fathers Balaguer and Viza of the Society of Jesus and Captain Rafael Dominguez, who claim that Rizal had signed a document of retraction and conversion before he was executed. Captain Rafael Dominguez, who was with Rizal during Rizal’s last hours, mentioned it in his notes, which were an hour by hour record of Rizal’s last moments (Zafra, Nicolas. (1951). The Historicity of Rizal’s Retraction. Philippines: San Jose Seminary.). On the other hand, others believe that the documents produced by the Jesuits were fake and altered and the testimonies given were coached. They assert that the Catholic Church only started to claim Rizal as their own once they realized that the people had learned to love and admire Rizal (Fajardo, Reynold S. Dimasalang: The Masonic Life of Dr. Jose Rizal. Rev. Ed. Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the 33rd and Last Degree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Republic of the Philippines, 1996.).
“…Even if he had, hypothetically, signed some made-up retraction document, to save his family from persecution and to marry Josephine Bracken, the letters prove he could not have done so sincerely. Freed from Catholic indoctrination by wide exposure to many cultures and religions, the heart and mind that one encounters in the epistolary just could not have made a genuine retraction, for he was, irreversibly, a global citizen, an ecumenical man.” – http://criocksz.gaerlanstreet.com/2008/happy-birthday-kuyang-pepe.html#more-408
“…all of us have come here to this banquet to join our wishes, to materialize the mutual embrace of TWO RACES who love and care for each other, UNITED morally, socially and politically throughout the space of four centuries, SO THAT IN FUTURE THEY MAY FORM ONE SOLE NATION IN SPIRIT,in their duties, their perspectives, their privileges.”- Rizal Begins Public Life: The Toast in Restaurante Ingles
“When Dr Ferdinand Blumentritt received gift from Dr Jose Rizal A 3 piece of his artwork in terracotta, it was made ”public” when an eminent German scientist and pathologist, Dr. Rudolf Virchow delivered an obituary to Rizal in Berlin, Germany, a year after Rizal was executed in Bagumbayan in 1896.
The three pieces in terracotta by which RizaL depict in varied or related themes were (1) Prometheus Bound, (2) The Triumph of Intellect over Death and (3) Victory of Death over Life.” – http://ilfilibusterismo.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-we-rizalists-do-not-know-about.html