posted on Mar, 7 2013 @ 09:25 AM
Originally posted by Afterthought
I'd really like to know if Mr. Smith is a Mason or not.
If he's an atheist, no, he isn't.
By his persistence and confidence that he'll win in court, does he have high connections?
You don't need connections to be confident you'll win in court. You don't even need to be right. (I've been told, for instance, that my posts in
another forum constituted actionable offenses, and that I'd be "hearing from attorneys".)
Doesn't this request interfere with one's right to free speech? After all, if one is asked to or volunteers to conduct the prayer, shouldn't
they be allowed to speak freely without fear of persecution?
The majority of case law supports this interpretation. In fact, if I'm not wrong Smith is actually making hte unconstitutional request.
I've read in several places that Jesus Christ is not to be spoken of in Masonic lodges because people will be offended.
It's more that the lodge is not a place to bring divisive issues.
This has never seemed right to me if the only necessary thing for membership is that you believe in a higher power. I guess the fine print is
"unless it's Jesus Christ, please keep it to yourself."
Similar discretion is requested of all other theological opinions.
Maybe this is why Masons are being demonized and called Satanists?
Your confidence that demonization of Masonry can be traced to reasonable disagreement is, in my experience, unfounded.
Maybe they aren't evil per the definition, but it certainly seems that they're a bunch of sensitive liberal control freaks who don't like
people using their Constitutional right to free speech and expression.
Constitutional rights are not relevant to private association.