This is really going to be a gut check report card. When this thing is debated and voted on the true feelings of our Fraternity will be put in the open. If it fails it will, in my opinion, show that this issue will not go away without action. We hold a tax exemption and we are one incident away from loosing that. Look at the issues in GA. We can be proactive and show that as a group we are not for this kind of behavior or we can have the actions of one Lodge jeopardize the Tax exemption for all the state. The IRS is already trying to get our money for the Lodges not reporting their earnings lets not give them a good reason to come after it.
I am very sad about the treatment of older brethern by people like rhitland who taunt a older brother just to watch him leave lodge.. ! I am also very sad when one mason thinks it make him feel good to be progressive and puts himself up front...! kinda look at me I am better that them old dogs ... !
The fact is that masons will always have the power of the blackball.. ! and the reason can be race, religion, wrong side of the track or whatever.. ! and no bad mouthing older mason as raceist will ever change that power.. ! Like I said before... ! don't think this is a problem because when I was at Grand Lodge I would see young black masons walking around with aprons on and nobody pay and attention ... ! it wasn't like Whoa look at that.. ! they were look on as another brother.. ! have sat in lodge with black masons and as black Worshipful Master and it wasn't any great revalation.. !
The big question is, will it make it to the floor!
So in our instance how would you prefer us to handle the situation? Leave the Lodge and go to another? We saw an issue and handled the problem on our own. Don't think for a second we didn't think about going but after a discussion and cool down period we figured out the best way was not to avoid it but to attack it. You keep addressing the blackball but that is not what is being challenged. We are addressing an issue that is driving good men away from our Fraternity at a time where every single person matters.when this happens I think the young man should be told withdraw his patition and file it with another lodge.. !
if this older mason was you Grandfather.. ! would you treat him different..?
you always hear of someone being reject because he was black.. ! but you assume the reason.. ! you don't know why the brother used the blackball...? what are you going to do allow older masons to vote.. ! only the young progressive.. !
Still don't think this is wide spread.. ! I have just never seen it in my travels.. !