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Re: Re The Secret Scroll
With all due respect, you sound like my son - who as a devoted scientist
argues in similar ways. I didn't suggest not to point out the flaw in the
reasoning - but rather to be less blunt. If some one is dead, you can't
teach him anything.
While an Email may not be lethal, if it is as blunt as that comment, you
won't get him to listen, and you will make others wonder why you were
so. They may end up not listening at all.
My father, grandfather and brother were and are Masons so I do know that
the craft is not explained to outsiders. In fact when Dad died, there was
great discussion as to whether or not to pass on his regalia or to bury him
in it. I think we gave it to a fellow member of the craft.
I guess what I am saying is that this list can get into fine old "tizzies"
in discussion. Maybe I am asking that defence should be assertive and not
aggressive. And I do apologize if I have offended you by this comment.
You'll have to blame my profession.
12:47 PM 25/08/00 +0100, you wrote:
>With all due respect for your view on the propriety of verbalising
>disagreement - in regard to Andrew's so-called interpreation of the Kirkwall
>Scroll, we are not in disagreement - he is just plain wrong and grievously
>so. As a historian I have an overiding obligation to establish truth and,
>where appropriate, distinguish between verifiable fact, respected scholarly
>opinion, reasonable speculation and outright error. To let nonsense such as
>Andrew's latest theory pass without comment is to give it the 'assent of
>silence' which would be both dishonorable and dishonest as well as
>perpetuating a lie.
>The only reason that the true meaning of the Kirkwall Scroll is not
>disclosed to the generalpublic by its guardians is that it refers to
>teaching and rituals within the Craft to which all Masons have sworn a vow
>of silence. This attitude, of course, leaves the field open to speculation
>by outsiders which, in this case, could perpetuate nonsense, bring the
>entire effort to interpret history into disrepute and bring discredit on the
>Sinclairs in general. Should I then remain silent under these circumstances?
>I think not.
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