[Square & Compasses]

Letter of the month: November 1999

Message-Id: <000501bf24ef$968140a0$895a22d0@jmburns>
From: "Joan M. Burns" <jmburns@kskc.net>
To: <masonry-ask@MIT.EDU>
Subject: Why?
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 21:03:20 -0800

Dear Sir:

Since my husband joined your organization, He has told me I never mattered to him and never will. How can you repay me for what I have lost and what your organization has taken from me?

He is not married to me anymore, He is married to you!!!!! He would rather wear your rings than his wedding ring.

You have assisted in helping my husband make me feel like nothing---worthless---like life is not worth living. I hope your organization is proud of what you have accomplished and what you have taken from me.

You all have your own Bible and Temple, is this what you preach? Is this what your organization stands for?

You have the world. Why did you have to crumble mine?

Joni Burns

To: "Joan M. Burns" <jmburns@kskc.net>
Subject: Re: Why? 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Mon, 01 Nov 1999 21:03:20 PST."

dear Ms Burns:

Masonry has never asked any man to leave his home or family. EVERY promise or obligation a man takes or makes in Masonry includes the assurance "without injury to myself or my family".

What your husband did is a matter for his conscience, and must reflect intimate details of the private life of you two alone. I cannot speculate on what has passed between you, or why he acted as he did.

Now that you have condemned our organization so thoroughly, please take the time to look through the material at my web-site -- and see if you can find anything that is less than fully-supportive of marriage and family obligations.

I am sorry for your loss. I think you are mistaken to hold Masonry as the cause of it.

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