Sunday, May 06, 2012 used to Attack Cancer Victim's Family

Ed King, the author of, posted a vicious character assassination page about Master Mason David Cooksie, painfully taunting him about his elderly mother's battle with terminal breast cancer. Mr. King continued to cyber-stalk and cyber-bully Bro. Cooksie until his death in April 2012.

What kind of man and Mason was David Cooksie? He was the kind of person that cared about people. He was one of the kindest and most gentle people I've ever met. He loved Freemasonry and committed much of his life to his lodge and the other Masonic bodies in Birmingham. His work with the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, led to the city's breast cancer awareness campaign. He was an active member of the Scottish Rite (32' KCCH), York Rite and Shrine.

Bro. Cooksie's frail health situation continued to decline as the cyber-attacks from Mr. King increased in their vitriol and viciousness. Before his untimely death Bro. Cooksie contacted the Grand Lodge of Maine seeking relief from the constant emotional bombardment issuing from King's website. Sadly, little assistance came. The Grand Secretary of Maine made King remove the sentences discussing his mother's battle with breast cancer, but that was all.

Those of us who knew Bro. David are convinced that the cyber-bullying by Ed King played a role in his deteriorating health, and eventual death. No one should have to go through what this brother suffered at the hands of a sadistic cyber-bully.

What does this say about King? Perhaps more importantly, what does is say about the Grand Lodge of Maine and mainstream Freemasonry? Why didn't the champions of mainstream Freemasonry such as Chris Hodapp do something to stop this before it was too late? Did they care? Were they in agreement with King?

Men of good moral character don't sit idly by and allow these events to happen. This should cause every good and decent Freemason in the country to hang their heads in shame.

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