Crow. It’s what’s for dinner. (Hark, a felon-free Table Lodge doth approach)

May 16, 2010
Per page 9 of the Lodge Officers Training Course Series I, Module II, Lessons I through VII (prepared by the Masonic Education Committee of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida):
31.03  A Lodge may not receive a petition for the Degrees of Freemasonry from any person who has been convicted of a felony and who has not been restored to full civil rights.
Question 3 of this particular exam:

3.  The petition of a person who has been convicted of a felony and had his full civil rights restored may be received by a Lodge.  True or False

Convicted felon James Anderson “Jimmy” Foster withheld his criminal history when petitioning Hillsborough Lodge No. 25 years ago.

Denials, lack of remorse, and a May 1, 2010 Masonic trial followed the September, 2009 discovery of his extensive, violent record (including three felony convictions, a 25 year prison sentence, and a fifteen year probationary period).


Foster alleges a pre-trial meeting with Grand Master, who he claims allowed him to assign himself a five year definite suspension (with a minimum of two years to be served and re-entry into the Craft without repetitioning or reballoting pending proof of restoration of civil rights) in lieu of a much deserved expulsion or indefinite suspension contingent upon restoration of civil rights (of which he does not have).

Therein lies a conundrum.

Florida’s Digest of Masonic Law permits convicted felons proving successful sentence completion and full restoration of civil rights to apply for membership. Should the candidate receive a postive investigation report, the Craft may proceed with informed balloting.

Hillsborough Lodge No. 25 was twice denied the right of informed choice:  first, through Foster’s fraudulent petition and secondly, the Grand Master’s alleged choice to seemingly grandfather in the felon.

Why would the Grand Lodge of Florida instruct officers in its tutelage to enforce the same felon-specific membership criteria the Grand Master is said to eschew?

The violent felon who for over a decade concealed a lengthy criminal past forfeits the title of Mason as his actions epitomize wrong, cheat, and defraud. 

And if his recordation is correct, the Grand Master too has failed Masonic Obligation 101.

Per the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition ( http://www.restorerights.org/restore_rights/ ), aggravated battery and aggravated assault, counts 12 and 18 on the violent crimes list and both of which Foster was convicted on February 3, 1983,  prevent restoration of civil rights.


  • No violent offenses (see Level I list; please click on the above link to view Levels I and II, Rule 9- Rules of Executive Clemency)
  • Not declared a habitual violent felony offender, a 3-time violent felony offender, violent career criminal, prison releasee reoffender, sexual predator

Florida’s Office of Executive Clemency and application for clemency/restoration of civil rights website:


To verify a claim of civil rights restoration, visit the Florida Parole Commission at:


Enter the following information into the above link for proof that Foster DOES NOT HAVE RESTORATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS, FULL OR OTHERWISE:

Name:  James Anderson Foster

Date of Birth:  12/17/1960

Florida Department of Corrections Identification Number:  0144204


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