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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Why Cannot A Maimed Man Be Made A Mason

Why Cannot A Maimed Man Be Made A Mason Cover He can. Half the Grand Lodges in the nation now admit men with various degrees of physical disability. Anciently it was forbidden because the fourth of the Old Charges sets forth that "No Master should take an Apprentice, unless he has sufficient Employment for him, and unless he be a perfect Youth, having no Maim or Defect in his Body, that may render him uncapable of learning the Art, of serving his Master's Lord, and of being made a Brother, and then a Fellow-Craft in due time. . ."

The "doctrine of the perfect youth" has plagued American Freemasonry for many years; originally all Grand Lodges were very strict; in later years more and more have found an "out" from the Old Charge in the words "that may render him uncapable of learning the art," it being obvious that the lack of a finger, or even a hand or a foot, if corrected artificially, does not render a man "uncapable of learning the art" of being a Speculative Mason.

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