Is Mainstream Masonry Primed
For Another Morgan Affair?
The Deepening of Fraternal
Intolerance & Autocracy
By Worshipful Brother Frederic L.
There is a disturbing trend that has come back
into American life. It is the return of INTOLERANCE. We can see it all across
society in religious, political and fraternal settings.
In the religious realm I can think back to the
post 911 prayer service held in Yankee stadium shortly after that terrorist
attack. Religious leaders of various faiths, and within Christianity various
denominations, gathered to lift up our concerns to the Almighty. The opening
prayer was given by a Lutheran minister, Missouri Synod. The next day he was
brought up on charges of excommunication by his church because he had
participated with other faiths together on the same platform. This was
considered a sin of religious pluralism, considering all faiths as equal.
Pope Benedict has slammed the door on a
wink-wink disapproval of Freemasonry, going back to a full-fledged
excommunication for Masonic Catholics.
In today’s society if you say the word God or
display religious symbols you are accused of being offensive. Many Americans
today believe that there is a right not to be offended. Yet what is offensive
about another being different? Another person’s choice may not be my choice
but I can certainly live with and even rejoice in celebration with other
cultural, religious and political persuasions without feeling a need to
eradicate them. Perhaps that is why I am a Mason.
If American society does not prohibit the open
display of religious dress anywhere why does it feel necessary to prohibit
religious expression of another nature? And why is that expression offensive?
As a Christian it does not trouble me to witness a Hindu or a Muslim publicly
praying and using the religious symbols of their faith. I rejoice that they
love God. I have no desire to shut them up.
FOX News reports:
A federal judge has ordered a Texas school
district to prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation ceremony.
Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery’s order
Medina Valley Independent School District also forbids students from
using specific religious words including “prayer” and “amen.”
The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed
by Christa and Danny Schultz. Their son is among those scheduled to
participate in Saturday’s graduation ceremony. The judge declared that the
Schultz family and their son would “suffer irreparable harm” if anyone
prayed at the ceremony.
Judge Biery’s ruling banned students and
other speakers from using religious language in their speeches. Among the
banned words or phrases are: “join in prayer,” “bow their heads,” “amen,”
He also ordered the school district to remove
the terms “invocation” and “benediction” from the graduation program.
“These terms shall be replaced with ‘opening
remarks’ and ‘closing remarks,’” the judge’s order stated. His ruling also
prohibits anyone from saying, “in [a deity’s name] we pray.”
Should a student violate the order, school
district officials could find themselves in legal trouble. Judge Biery
ordered that his ruling be “enforced by incarceration or other sanctions for
contempt of Court if not obeyed by District official (sic) and their
One can wonder if instead of freedom of
religion we are now being forced fed freedom from religion.
And as we go from the religious to the
political arena we hear that many Christian Evangelicals that would like to
vote Republican in this year’s Presidential campaign will refuse to vote for
Mitt Romney because he is Mormon. Now no one is asking Evangelicals to convert
to Mormonism nor are they being flooded with Mormon religious doctrine. Yet
they perceive Romney to be a personal threat from the mere fact that he will
be making governmental decisions guided by what they view as from a heretical
Meanwhile, even after all the assurances of a
new age of non confrontational politics, those running for office this year
are practicing the politics of personal destruction on an unprecedented scale. Millions
more dollars than usual are being spent to trash the other side. If you think
about what has been done to Barrack Obama, Sarah Palin, Herman Cain and Newt
Gingrich, we can say that we truly are in the era of gangster politics.
Freemasonry need not copy the intolerant,
autocratic, divisive ways of the profane, but it has. Mainstream Freemasonry
has in direct contradiction to the principles and virtues of this gentle Craft
which is all about bringing people together and of people of different
cultures, religions, education, political persuasion, means and races coming
together in peace and harmony.
Fraternally we have seen in the last 50 years
an unprecedented increase in Grand Lodge power leaving the local Lodge little
self autonomy. Grand Masters in some jurisdictions have been able to make many
far reaching decisions without the vote of the body as a whole while at the
same time violating their Grand Constitutions and by-laws with impunity. This
consolidation of Grand Lodge power has followed two avenues.
1) Grand Masters will add into their
Constitutions and by-laws provisions whereby they are the sole authority over
all decisions made in their jurisdictions. Whether they do this by a vote of a
Grand Session or just strong arm these changes directly into the Constitution
makes little difference. Once endowed with such great power, they become
answerable to no one.
2) Next they insert into the Masonic
Obligations of their jurisdictions that all members of their jurisdiction must
obey the Grand Lodge without question. No matter what the Grand Master does it
becomes a direct violation of your Obligation to refuse to obey it.
Now the deal is sealed. You have sworn onto God
that you will do whatever the Grand Master asks you no matter what it is. And
failure to do so will be considered unmasonic conduct punishable by expulsion.
There are some that say that even if you were to leave Freemasonry, demit, and
not come back, that you are still bound by the wishes of your jurisdiction’s
So when you object to the Grand Master lying,
cheating and stealing you are tried and convicted of unmasonic conduct and
expelled. When your Grand Master says that you cannot write about Freemasonry,
that you cannot talk to other jurisdictions and Obediences about Freemasonry,
that you cannot put any Masonic information on Facebook or Twitter, that you
cannot E-Mail other Brothers in your jurisdiction, you are required to obey or
get booted out. And the justification for your dismissal is that you violated
the Grand Lodge Constitution and by-laws and your Obligation.
Yet there is nothing inherent in Freemasonry
that would force you to surrender your Civil Rights and the freedoms that you
enjoy by right of being an American citizen as spelled out in the Constitution
of the United States. Freemasons have always been tolerant “free-thinkers.”
They have been the bastion of liberty and freedom, opposing both an autocratic
government of monarchies and an oppressive church. The present day style of
Masonic government is directly opposed to the principles of the Enlightenment
from which it sprang and endorsed.
For the latest example of a long line of
shenanigans by Grand Masters see:
None of this is possible without having the
power of an enforced monopoly. Mainstream Masonry is a monopoly because it has
declared itself to be one in the “Right of Exclusive Territorial
Jurisdiction.” Having eradicated all competition, Mainstream Masonry can
proceed under autocratic rule without challenge.
Nevertheless competition is still there. And
the way that Mainstream Masonry deals with that competition is to label it
irregular, clandestine and heretical. Through the years it has tried to force
that view on others by using the power of the civil courts.
Today, more than ever, as Mainstream Masonry
feels the pinch of a declining membership, we can see the vitriolic attacks
that it makes against others who desire to practice their version of
fraternalism. Prince Hall Masonry, Female Masonry, Co-Masonry are other
avenues of Masonic expression that Mainstream Masonry continues to persecute.
Then there are a whole plethora of knock offs and copycats that adorn the
landscape for which there is even greater derision.
Any Masonic website that features anything but
the Mainstream line is ganged up on and trashed. Name calling and even threats
by Mainstream Masons can be read on Masonic Forums and Masonic Yahoo Groups
and on Masonic call in radio programs. Trash your non Mainstream Mason. Stick
it to him! Try to hurt him any way you can. GUTTER FREEMASONRY!
Consider the fact that some Mainstream Masons
attempted a coup d’état of a Masonic research and educational society open to
more than just Mainstream Masons and when that failed they pulled out in mass
and opened a competitive copy cat society but restricted it to those in
with the Mainstream Conference of Grand Masters.
What happened to live and let live? What
happened to let the best man or woman win? WHAT HAPPENED TO TOLERATION? Why
must all competition be eradicated? What is wrong with someone doing it
another way? Why is a Mormon or a Female Mason a threat to anybody’s way of
A good position can be made for Freemasons of
all different Obediences restricting themselves to attending a tyled Masonic
Communication of their own jurisdiction only. But there is no good reason for
not enjoying joint ventures outside the Lodge room and of breaking bread
together, of living together the Masonic way of peace, harmony and respect for
Freemasonry has prided itself on two key
factors for generations, one, that it is tolerant and two, that it is
universal. Mainstream Masonry is neither.
The sad fact is that Mainstream Masonry never
learned its lesson from the Morgan Affair. Not to learn from history is a
crime. To repeat history is a tragedy. Mainstream Masonry may be resigning
itself to a death wish.