posted on Dec, 8 2003 @ 12:03 PM
Having read through this thread, I am struck by the misinformation posted regarding fraternities in general.
First, when a fraternity is described as "Masonic" it has nothing to do with Freemasonry. It simply means that the fraternity's ritual follows the
same pattern and format as the Masonic ritual. The Christian Liturgy is also Masonic in this sense - it follows the same order. The other common
ritual format is Judaic.
Second, the Library of Congress never required ANY fraternity to store its books there. They simply offer this as an archival service. No, the Sigma
Chi book is not there (never was) and NO, you cannot check out or view these books without proper authorization. The LoC maintains the privacy of the
books for their respective organizations.
Finally, the Anti-Sigma Chi site is a collection of just about every rumor and myth I have ever heard about the Sigma Chi Ritual. 99% of it is
incorrect (I know - I am a Sig) and the things that are correct are either common among other groups too or public information. No, I will not share
the correct information with you or anyone else. I swore an oath not to, and I cherish my Fraternity enough to live up to that oath. I don't know
if the creator of that site is a Sig and trying to throw people off track or is just a crackpot who thinks he knows what he's talking about, but
he's doing a good job of misdirection. I hope it stays up, personally. Also, his mailbox in invalid.
The Sigma Chi Ritual is secret because we choose to keep it so. There is no "special new knowledge" hidden in it - just an insipring way of
presenting young men with a pattern for leading a successful, fruitful, moral life. As one of our founders stated, "This badge expects more of me
than the world expects of other men." It has been said that the only reason the Ritual is secret is that if it were public, the world would expect
us to live up to it.