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Imagine a progressive, unified Masonic body; it’s easy if you try.

August 13, 2010

Have you read the news today, oh boy? 

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/aug/13/another-shriners-convention-brings-15000-members/

Over 15,000 members of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine are expected in Tampa August 13-19, 2010.  

Yes, the Prince Hall Shriners and Daughters of Isis are coming and deserve not only a welcome to town but into the entire Masonic body as well. 

15,000.  That’s a lot of people. 

Imagine the possibilities 15,000+ new members would bring to the fraternity; what an infusion of limitless potential it could be! 

Yet the Grand Lodge of Florida, as evidenced in its recent shameful denial of Prince Hall Lodge recognition, refuses to grant such amity.  

Felon-free Masonry MUST ask:  What century is this?  What year are we living in? 

Dear Grand Lodge: 

Kindly note that just as your gals women now wear pants, drive cars, and provide military service; so too do millions of black American men and women. 

Gone are the days of separate restrooms, seating, and classrooms.  In is the co-mingling of races in shopping lines, schools, the workplace, social settings, churches, and marriages. 

Felon-free Masonry humbly suggests eschewing judgement based upon race and skin color.  Instead, hold ALL potential Masons to the standard of a criminal-free background; remove lesser elements (such as thrice convicted felonious cowan James Anderson “Jimmy” Foster) and allow those worthy to advance in and enhance the fraternity.

Pause to appreciate these most worthy Prince Hall Brethren:

  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Duke Ellington
  • Nat King Cole
  • Alex Haley
  • Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Booker T. Washington

Open your hearts, minds, and doors. 

Sincerely,

Felon-free Masonry

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