How is he not breaking the rules? The man was expelled from Arkansas Masonry. The Shrine has been showing how much it is chafing being an "Appendant" body and do not consider themselves subordinate to Craft Masonry. The stunt pulled by the Shrine in Arkansas and other places is despicable.What rules are the Imperial Potentate breaking? He has bent over backwards to resolve the situation (in Arkansas), peacefully. The Shrine only requires that Nobles be a MM in good standing. You can belong to a lodge in one state, and belong to a Shrine center in a different state. Since the GM of Masons in Arkansas has chosen to expel any Masons who participate in the Shrine from Arkansas Masonry, this seems like a good compromise.
1- The GM of Masons in Arkansas can declare the Shrine 'un-Masonic'.
2- The GM can expel any Arkansas Mason from Arkansas Masonry.
3- Masons can reside in Arkansas and belong to a lodge out of state. (I reside in Virginia, and belong to lodges in KY and Mass)
4- Arkansas Masons can also participate in the Shrine, and not be in violation of any Arkansas rules or edicts, since they are not Arkansas Masons.
Seems like a win-win-win for all concerned.
... which the Shrine does not do. (Okay, maybe there's a Shrine in SC that does, but every Shrine function I've ever attended made me show a Shrine and BL dues card at the door. If you only have the former, you're not allowed in.)By allowing members that have been suspended from their BL for NPD but allowing them to be members in the shrine. If they are dropped for NPD, then they are NOT in good standing.
If you have been keeping up with current events you will know that the Shrine, in multiple jurisdictions, HAS been keeping members in good standing who have been removed from the Masonic rolls even after they were warned by the GM of that jurisdiction. And the Shrine has released videos that state categorically that they are an autonomous organization and not subject to Masonic law.... which the Shrine does not do. (Okay, maybe there's a Shrine in SC that does, but every Shrine function I've ever attended made me show a Shrine and BL dues card at the door. If you only have the former, you're not allowed in.)
Or do you believe that every brother who has a financial hardship towards the end of the year and is a week late with his BL dues should be summarily decreed non grata?
I cannot predict the future in SC. You may want to take a look at the situation in Arkansas. There are some parallels. The GM in SC could (conceivably) declare the Shrine to be "un-masonic" in SC. Then all SC masons would have to leave the Shrine.This is getting to out of hand I hope this gets cleared up soon. But if don't they decide to no longer be Masonic body does that mean that masons will have to leave the shrine?