Rumor hath it that OTO’s Grand Inquisitors are about to give me their hearing
and will then doubtless boot me out. I thought this a good time, for once
and for all, to offer the charges that I understand to be the basis of their
action and my own position, so please bear with both the length and some replays
to faithful readers of this blog. At the end of this multi-part document, you
will be asked to cast an honest vote on the material at hand. As usual, anyone
is free to comment, in this case more or less to offer suggestions, question the
‘accused’ on the charges, question the accuser (though I doubt he will deign to
answer here), and render a verdict. For technical reasons, at present the poll
"submit" button isn't functioning, so - after reading all this blah-blah, please
enter in the comment section "A" "B" or "C" with or without further comment. If
you wish to enter this anonymously, there is every reason that this is ok if you
wish in this one case. I will have any meaningful vote independently tabulated.
I trust the public far more than the management.
Section One - The Alleged Complaint, Received, unsigned, from an unofficial source,
a ranking IX* member and officer of U.S. Grand Lodge. I believe this to be some
facsimile of the actual charges and specifications, but, despite assertions by the
GT to the contrary, I was completely out of the loop on this until February of 2007
when the first of two illicit copies of the document below arrived at my address.
The officer who first showed this to me, told me, in April, “In general, it is my
desire that the Order be particularly careful about its deliberations...that whatever
its decision, it does not even give the impression of being unfair.
“This is difficult, but it is important. I hope you understand.” Said officer arranged to meet
with John Crow and I privately, but, mysteriously and uncharacteristically, did not
show up for the meeting, nor ever speak to me about his sudden change of plans.