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  •  Indeed he was (0+ / 0-)

    I am a lover of Burns,and I have the roots. Robert Burns was a remarkable man, a progressive thinker, a radical, and is appreciated  
    for his many forward-thinking ideas.  

    The religion thing...not so much..he had his pants down a lot, but Calvinists ruled his world.

    Masons are banned from the Police force in Britain,for many reasons,  and perhaps one day we could discuss how many black Masons there are.

    Oh that we had the gift to see ourselves as others see us. Robbie Burns

    by ohcanada on Mon Jul 02, 2007 at 11:50:15 AM PDT

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    •  About black Masons (1+ / 0-)
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      Sadly, I have not known many. I would very much like to see more diversity of color and race in the order. In the US there is a Freemasonic organization Prince Hall Freemasonry which is recognized as "regular" (within Masonic standards, and treated like any other brother) by many Grand Lodges, including mine.

      However, I think the tide is changing a bit. We are currently inducting a quadriplegic into my lodge. While white, I think that disabled folks are probably even more rare than non-Caucasians. I've NEVER seen a disabled man in the order until now. There are no rules that says a black man cannot join my lodge, and I would welcome that, provided the man was of good moral character. He would be measured by the same standards as us all.

      I am the current elected Master of my Lodge in Indiana, so I think I'm a good voice to speak about this. I am of the opinion, and I think there is a groundswell of opinion as the old guard dies off, these sorts of barriers will melt away, making Freemasonry more of a true brotherhood.

    •  I find it strange and odd... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...that Freemasons are barred from the Police force in Britain.

      I don't know much about British Freemasonry, except that American Freemasonry evolved out of it.

      Here in the US, Freemasons teach that no man is above the law. Committing a felony is sufficient reason to be booted from the Fraternity. I've seen it happen. So I would trust a Freemason cop more than a non-Freemason cop, not just for me, but for ordinary people too, because of that kind of fairness.

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