Huston, we may have a problem (coming our way).
I'm not sure if its age or plain old paranoia, but as of late I have become increasingly uneasy with the power of dogma, the official systems of belief held by the three primary religions Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, and it's ever growing influence (and oppression). It should be noted I don't feel the same way about the mystical side of these traditions, the sides rarely explored or discussed, Esoteric Christianity, Kabbalah, or Sufism.
So lets get this straight, on November 28th Brother Jorge L. Aladro, Grand Master of Florida’s Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, issued a ruling stating that Paganism, Wicca, Odinism, and Gnosticism were not compatible with Freemasonry.
Is this individual serious? Talk about a gentleman that never did his homework, and to make matters worse he represents thousands of brothers, many who now have to hide there beliefs because they don't fit with the established dogma of this Grand Master, something Freemasonry was created to rise above.
For many this may seem a small problem, it's not. I assure you my definition of God would certainly be different than this individual, does that mean I should be placed on trial to see if my views satisfy a panel? Sounds a little like what happened to Jacques de Molay, and we all know how that ended, an ignorant pope and a power hungry king brought down a mighty Order.
Defining God is, and should always be, a man's (or woman's) personal search for light. One need only turn on the nightly news to see the dangers of communal belief and dogma, and it should be noted that rarely are those individuals making the news Pagans, Wiccians, or Gnostics.
There is an old occult maxim which declares that—" Nothing is concealed from him who knows." No Mason is bound to conceal that which he has never learned in the Lodge. All else he receives as he learns any thing, places his own estimate upon its value, and becomes individually responsible for its use. It must be a matter of conscience, and be weighed in the balance of duty, and every one must abide by the result. If Masonry has lost the Royal Secret, or if it never possessed it, or if it was wrenched away in the very name of Religion little more than a century ago, all the same, it belongs to the Craft as the Heir-apparent of the Old Wisdom. But the time has come when no cable-tow can bind it. It now belongs to Humanity equally with the Mason. To this end has it been preserved throughout the centuries.