This week, Brother Jason Liversidge in England posted this video on Youtube concerning his initiation into a lodge within the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire and East Ridings of the United Grand Lodge of England. He is truly a unique individual.
And he is now counted among the largest and greatest fraternity in the world.
Different jurisdictions throughout the Masonic world have varying requirements concerning petitioners for the degrees. Up until about 50 years ago, it was commonplace for grand lodges to have a so-called 'doctrine of physical perfection.' Indiana actually had a rule until the 1970s that any man wearing a hernia truss was ineligible for the degrees of Masonry. Others forbade men with missing limbs - even veterans - for a variety of reasons. But with the passage of time and modern day awareness of people with disabilities, numerous grand lodges have relaxed this requirement. Some have removed restrictive rules, while others have granted dispensations for extraordinary circumstances. It seems tragic to turn away an excited and dedicated man, or one who has a family history with the fraternity, because he is blind, is missing fingers, or can't kneel or walk a floor with squared corners.