Sunday, May 06, 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 MasonicInfo.com 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.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Many of you may not know that these guys were expelled a few years ago. If you're interested in more details about it, and how they entered into a cabal to defame other Masons in order to get reinstated, you can read my other post.
It's ironic that these same chumps now act so self-righteous about their oaths and obligations when just a few years ago they were plotting and scheming to get revenge on the Grand Master of Indiana that expelled them.
What about honesty? Integrity? Truth? Why not be real men and do what you believe is right? Why not openly stand up for what you believe? (Cowards!)
Instead they go and hide behind the veil of anonymity and openly attack brothers who have the courage to take action and try to bring an end to the corruption in Freemasonry.
This probably tells you all you need to know about the Knights of the North but...
Is it true that Chris Hodapp and his wife belong to the same lodge? How can that be? I thought... errr... never mind. Hodapp is above and beyond the rules that most Masons are told to abide by. He's an exception. So don't follow his lead or you will be expelled because you're not as "special" as he is.
Just a few years ago two Master Masons under the Grand Lodge of Kentucky were expelled by the Grand Master for questioning the finances at the Kentucky Masonic Home. The Boston Herald reported that up to $1.5 million dollars had been embezzled from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Multiple Arkansas Masons have been expelled in a purge by the Grand Lodge, after questioning financial and real estate dealings. (This issue is now in court.) The Orlando Sentinel reported financial misconduct at the headquarters of the Shrine in Tampa. Then there was the seizing of a lodge and all its assets in New Jersey reported by Bro. Fred Milliken. This is just a short list of some of the events that have been made public. How much else lies hidden away? How many other Masons have been expelled for asking questions, and then just left without saying a word?
The intelligent Mason might start to ask some reasonable questions at this point. "Are those who tell us to work from within a part of a larger cover-up of corruption?"
I have first hand experience dealing with the corruption. Our lodge was almost the victim of a corrupt real estate scheme by high ranking Masons. It's a very real and damaging problem for American Freemasonry.
If we objectively look at what's taking place in the Craft we see that there are a handful of Internet Masons that rail against those brothers who come forward to report the corruption. They use character assassination and mis-information to derail any meaningful discussion of the problem. We all know who they are but do we know and understand their motives? They claim to be working in the best interest of Masonry, but how is covering up fraud, collusion, extortion, and embezzlement helping preserve Freemasonry? How does silencing the discussion when good brothers are expelled for asking questions about the finances benefit American Freemasonry?
Have we allowed all the good moral men and Masons to be expelled or declared "clandestine" by those who are at the heart of the corruption?
It seems to me that following Ed King, Chris Hodapp and the Knights of the North has only accelerated the corruption. They try to stop us from asking the hard and necessary questions, and openly attack those who do.
"Well ain't it a shame 'bout our short little memory
We never seem to learn the lessons of history
We keep making the same mistakes - over and over and over and over again
And then we wonder why we're in the shape we're in"
- The Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden