What a time to be alive! It’s time for Lodge! Everyone get your smart skirts!
I’m a bit behind the 8 ball here admittedly.
The perfect coordination of mainstream media following the “Twitter row,” is really all you need to observe. The Magpie Mason has a post from last August. Listed there are articles from the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, and Daily Mail, all eager to report on the demise of our order. Here is a manufactured excuse to remind those old white guys at UGLE that they need to hurry up and admit women and trans folks so they can run the show.
But the die is cast. The UGLE has capitulated to the demands of Her Majesty’s Government.
So our hero, Mr. Lord (what a name), is a Mason who doesn’t 100% feel male. And he works for the Diversity™ crew for the City of London. How convenient. He goes by they. Or They go by they. And they are an activist, to be sure.
“If it was entirely up to me I would change things, but you have to take 250,000 members with you.
“I’ve spoken fairly freely on this subject and the fact that Freemasons could be more welcoming and inclusive The one area I would change is on gender.”
Helen Lewis, associate editor of the New Statesman, told him: “I’m afraid I find it very hard to square your continued participation in the Masons with a genuine desire to smash patriarchy.” [Ed. – who talks like this? What does a genuine desire to smash patriarchy look like?]
“I don’t have the luxury of trying to effect change from within… because I am not allowed in. You can see why that rankles?” [Ed. – why does Helen so badly want to effect change in our fraternity? What did we do to her? Is she just an old schoolmarm?]
Lord replied: “Of course, I completely get it. That’s why my preference would be that membership of Freemasonry wouldn’t be restricted on gender/sex, but we will never get to that point unless some people inside the organisation say ‘hey this doesn’t make sense, why don’t we change’.” [Ed. – so
he singular they also wants to make changes in the body of Masonry. Writing while intentionally using the wrong pronoun is harder than you might think]
The current law stipulates that transgender people do have a “protected characteristic” under English law and therefore access to any single sex space.
There we go, upsetting the peace and good order of society. So brother, if your Grand Lodge is interested in this type of Diversity™, what will you do about it? Just roll over and think of England?