You hear that wooshing sound?
At 13.30 hrs today, In a Hampshire hospital, our 8th grandchild was born, a little girl. To a Jewish father, my son, and a protestant mother, A Sargent in the women's royal Air force... L'chaim.....mazel tov.
Historically there appears to be no mention of this story in ay publication prior to the 1970's. It was then prolific after the comic book "In Hell "was published I dont know when that was but of course other tv and film folks produced skits on it. I would be chuffed to NAFFI breaks if someone could produce this story from 1888 by the way .In a Theatre Production called Holmes And The Ripper, there was a conspiracy theory that The Masons were behind a cover up of the true identity of Jack The Ripper. The Whitchapel murders were designed to remove the witness to the marriage of Queen Victoria's nephew to an East End prostitute who he had got in the family way.
The opening scene of the Theatre Production was Sir William Gull, Grand Master of the Lodge and Medical Physician to Queen Victoria was a bit heavy. I quote :
And so, brethren, it came to pass, that the Apprentices, Jubela, Jubelo, and Jubelum, having brutally murdered The Grand Master Haram Abiff, took flight.
They sought to hide from the authorities of the day, and in this they were successful, but they could not hide from their diligent brethren and were soon discovered and taken by the shore at Joppa, and there vengeance was exacted.
Their throats were cut, their breasts ripped open, their hearts and vitals taken out and thrown away to wither to dust, and to be dispersed by the four winds over land and sea.
Thus the spilling of blood was avenged by the spilling of blood, uniting in the act, Fidelity, Fidelity, Fidelity!
The message being, that anyone who betrays another member of the Lodge is in deep s@#t.
Dont know if there is any truth in that, but it sounded plausible.
This was one of the reasons I got involved. I enjoyed the ritual and drama but I found that like the Army those who thought themselves very important made it less enjoyable. In the end I stopped having fun so left. It’s more than two years and I don’t miss it.I think, in the past, there were almost certainly some dodgy goings-on surrounding Freemasonry. Today, I think it is just a harmless boys' club. It's easy to see why military types might be attracted to it: The strict hierarchy, the ceremony, the dressing up etc. Personally I'm glad to have left all that behind.
Quite, that article's the best part of half a year old and AFAICT the world is still turning. As one of the younger bunch, at 39, all I can say is that both my eyelids have remained resolutely unbatted.Having known about this since the news was first released I have been to a number of lodge meetings and met up with masons outside of lodge and not one of the people I've met has mentioned one word about it. It's almost as if no one is really bothered.
To be honest I'd say the number of people this is likely to affect will be miniscule. Let's look at the numbers - in England and Wales there are approximately 250,000 members of UGLE. The majority of freemasons tend to be of more mature years. I'd be surprised if there's more than a handful of freemasons that want their soft bits rearranged. The women's orders in this country have the same rules.
One has to remember that individual lodges are private members clubs and can pick and choose who they allow to join. So even if the changed constitution allows for trans people to join it doesn't necessarily follow that an individual lodge will approve that person to become a joining member of the lodge but it also doesn't mean they will be rejected because of it.
Society's attitude in general has shifted over recent years, particularly amongst the younger generation, and if freemasonry wants to survive going forward it needs to attract and welcome the younger generation. UGLE has recognised this and is probably in the forefront of changing attitudes. In times past freemasons tended to be amongst the more enlightened and the landmarks of the order will always adapt to the changing times.