"Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission, and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal."A February 5th post states that there will be a protest rally held at the House of the Temple (HOTT) in Washington, D.C., but no date or other information has been forthcoming.
Another article on this blog has also re-focused attention on Scottish Rite 33rd degree brother Michael Richards with a story about his refusal to attend a "mock trial" over his racial outburst last fall.
I applaud Bro. Richards for refusing to attend. What kind of lunacy would that be? It's simply "anti-publicity" by attorney Gloria Allred.
Bro. Richards has already been tried in the court of public opinion, or actually, in the press, which these days pretty much tells us without asking us what "public opinion" should be on any particular issue. He doesn't need to be berated for it in a "non-binding" mock trial which only serves to drum up publicity for Gloria Allred and the "aggrieved" patrons who should "just get over it." If Richards had gone on a tear about "kikes" or "beaners," you can bet those offended black people would have been laughing out loud.
The "trial" was scheduled for last weekend, and there is probably more news on it I haven't seen [Read E! News update from Saturday, Feb. 17, here]. A spokesman said the "trial" would go on, with or without Michael Richards.
One of the three "judges" who was to have presided over this joke of a "trial," Armand Arabian, a former California Supreme Court justice, said last week, "The use of racial epithets and labeling people in a racial way is a very relevant issue today. It's instructive for the public to have a view of what this is like for someone who is a recipient" of racial insults. Sounds like Justice Arabian has already made up his mind, doesn't it?
Part of the tribunal's job was to determine how best Bro. Richards could "mend his ways."
Why am I railing against this? No, it's not because I particularly agree with what Richards said in that nightclub last fall.
It's because I particularly DISAGREE with the existence of a kangaroo court, played out in the media (the public itself is not welcome — there were no seats for you or me). It's not just a mock trial, it's a mockery of our legal traditions.
Yeah, I know, Judge Judy and The People's Court and other television judges have made a mockery of the judicial system for years, but at least all the people involved in those "cases" agreed to be there, and got paid, or got their fines paid, by the producers of the programs. We know it's entertainment, not justice.
If we're going to drag Bro. Richards through something "not real," why not push for and televise a Masonic trial over his unmasonic actions? It may not be "real" to most Americans, either, but to Masons, who voluntarily placed themselves under such a jurisdiction, it would be real enough.
And it would show what Freemasonry is really about, at least better than sponsoring a freakin' race car does.
On a related note, if an anti-political correctness tirade about race and mascot names is in fact a related note, be sure to read Patrick's "Mascot Madness" at The Pagan Temple.
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