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This Post is not about the Shriners in Arkansas

Ceci n'est pas un fez.The Imperial Potentate sent an email on July 2 about the vote to lift the requirement that Shriners in Arkansas only be Master Masons. There has been mixed reaction to this decision. I am tired of talking about it. Many people think this will lead to the whole of Shrinedom slipping away from any sort of Masonic connection. Some think this has been the plan all along. Others think it is the worst thing that could happen to the Shrinedom and Freemasonry, and even others think it is high time the split occurred.


I don’t really mean to be dismissive. I care a lot about this issue. Those of us who care are upset and want to see resolution. I have a preference for how I want this situation to end, but really what is most important is having some sort of sensible resolution so we can all just get on with figuring out what it all means. Presently we are at an impasse. Let’s just figure it out and move on.
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Tensions in Arkansas with The Shriners

Smiling Shriner Nodder Ascending To HeavenI just got an email from the potentate at Kena Shriners with a message from the potentate of Scimitar Shriners in Arkansas:

Imperial Sirs, Illustrious Sirs, Nobles all:

It is with great sadness I report that the persecution of Shrine Masons continues in Arkansas. We have no way to bring in new members without threat of Masonic Expulsion. This is a death grip the Arkansas Grand Lodge and its Grand Line will have on Shrine Masons for years to come. It could indeed be the downfall of both organizations.

Despite the deplorable actions of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, both Divans of each Temple in Arkansas have maintained the care of their members. Both Temples have also continued to do what is most dear to our hearts – transporting and supporting the Arkansas Children that benefit from “The World’s Greatest Philanthropy” Shriners Hospitals for Children. Attached is a list of Arkansas Shrine Masons that were expelled for doing nothing but being Shriners and helping children.
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