Saturday, June 20, 2009

My thoughts on Georgia

Rather than rehashing what has already been amply reported on the internet by a highly respected source, I point you to this blog entry.
I have been attempting to post comments on the blogs dealing with this, however Blogger doesn't seem to be cooperating, so I offer the following. In my opinion, it is time for Masons everywhere to stand up to this sort of intolerance. For too long, many Brethren have sat upon the fence on this issue, all in the name of not interfering in the affairs of another jurisdiction. Bigotry has no place within our Craft anywhere, and is a violation of the very principles we hold dear. Now, there may be facts in the case which we don't yet know about, however it seems fairly clear, given Georgia's history, what is happening here. It is time for Masons worldwide to take notice, and bring pressure to bear on the Grand Lodges that still hold on to archaic notions of race. In the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr., "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." The last place where racial injustice should be found is within an institution that claims justice as one of it's cardinal virtues. My Brothers, it is time to purge our Craft of the stain of bigotry that has plagued it for too long.
So mote it be!