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!

3 Comments:

Blogger George said...

WB George Washington said "For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens."

I hope that one day similar words can be spoken about my Grand Lodge (GLofGAF&AM) and that they can be true.

Maybe something like this???

"For happily the Grand Lodge of Georgia, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its virtues, should demean themselves as good men."

6:25 PM  
Blogger George said...

Here's what everyone's been waiting for I believe...

http://www.glofga.org/edict.html

8:18 PM  
Blogger Prexy said...

I am glad to see the Grand Master has finally made his statement. Hopefully this will be the start of widespread reform within the Grand Lodge of Georgia.

9:14 PM  

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