|Commentary on a
Travesty of Freemasonry
|There are times when I am still amazed at the lack of understanding on the part of people in the United States when it comes to the concepts of freedom and equality. Those two concepts were very much behind their revolt against the Crown back in the 1700s.
And yet, over the years they have had a very limited understanding of what is meant by the two concepts. One need only look at their treatment of Africans over the years and continuing into the 20th Century.
|They have a very shallow understanding of the historical and philosophical roots of those concepts.
This shallowness has been especially evident in their Lodges of Freemasons. Be it Africans or members of non-Christian religions they have been slow to accept them as members.
This is all the more true when it comes to accepting gay men into the oldest Fraternity in continuous existence.
In December of 2005 I came across Brother Douglas Mack's website (www.douglasmack.com). It gave me both great pleasure and great pain to read his website and his life's journey.
The pleasure came from reading of his growth as a gay man who is deeply spiritual and who is also a Freemason.
The pain came when I read of the disgraceful conduct of so-called Brothers in his Lodge (Richmond Randolph Lodge Number 19) when they conspired to prevent him from being elected Worshipful Master of his Lodge as was anticipate up until the very moment of the election.
The pain I felt, and anger, could not even be close to what Brother Mack must have felt. In discussing it with several Brethren the consensus was that the so-called Brothers violated their most solemn obligations - obligations taken on the VSL.
At the time I thought of setting up a website to share my thoughts about the situation but did not. Recent conversations, however, rekindled the idea.
When I returned to Brother Mack's website this summer I saw that all mention of the incident was gone. I wondered what had happened and did inquire but received no response.
That was very understandable based on any number of factors.
I regretted that I had not copied any of the information from the earlier website. Fortunately, however, when I came across the Gay Freemasons WebRing I discovered not only his website listed but that of Brother Jaap Caspar (www.geocities.com/jaapcaspar).
Brother Caspar recorded information about the scandalous situation on his website and has graciously given me permission to reprint it on my website.
The section of my website entitled "The Incident" is taken directly from Brother Caspar's website.
The section of my website entitled "Reflections" are my thoughts on the situation.