Grand Lodge of Georgia Bans
By Wor. Bro. Frederic L.
Here we go again in Georgia.
Remember Victor Marshall who the Grand Lodge of Georgia tried to expel for
being a Non-White? If not refresh your memory with the Freemason Information
My Brotherís Keeper Ė Open Racism In Georgia Freemasonry.
Now itís open war on
homosexuals. Where will it all end? Do you think that Georgia can mimic
Florida and ban all Pagan religions also?
Chris Hodapp on his Masonic Blog
Freemasons For Dummies reports:
Last week in Georgia, the
Grand Master, Douglas McDonald, issued an edict with the endeavor to change
their adultery provision to additionally read, ďHomosexual activity with
anyone subjects the offender to discipline.Ē
Iím afraid there will be
more of this. Brethren should consider that they have all probably been
sitting in lodge with homosexuals since the day they became an EA. I strongly
encourage Masons to check their stateís code and take steps to remove these
provisions. Iím no gay activist, but we live in different times now, and the
Supreme Court has spoken on the subject. Like it or not, such rules may
subject us to lawsuits, and I humbly beseech Grand Masters not to act rashly
because homosexuality conflicts with their own personal views of morality. We
have had thousands of gay members since our beginnings, almost entirely
without incident or without bringing disgrace upon the Craft. What someone
does in the privacy of their own bedrooms is none of our business, as long as
they donít bring their politics into the lodge room.
Hodapp also reports on the Grand
Lodge of Tennessee attempting to expel a Gay member.
Author Brother Michael
Karpovage has this to say:
What an utterly
embarrassing day it is for Freemasonry in the state of Georgia. An angry
day. We are a non-religious educational institution based on Brotherly Love
for our fellow man. Tolerance is a key tenet of the organization. A manís
character is all that matters. Not his race, his personal religion, his
wealth or social status. And certainly NOT his sexuality.
Yet, our deeply religious
Grand Master just shoved down our throats (pun intended) an edict that bans
a homosexual from becoming a Mason on the basis that itís moral sin under
God. His version of God. There was no debate, no unanimous decision. There
wasnít a statewide call for this action by the brethren. It was issued like
an executive order in the very last month of his term. He opened Pandoraís
Box and I certainly gave him an earful of which Iíll probably be reprimanded
for or worse. But I will not sit idly by without raising my voice.
This is what scares me
about these Ralph Reed-type religious far-right wingers in our country. I
believe in separation of church and state. I joined this institution
specifically because religion and politics (two of the most divisive
subjects of mankind) are strictly prohibited from being discussed within a
lodge. And with one manís actions, now all GA Masons will be painted as
backward ass bigots.
Brotherly Love. Oh, the