Thanks to Florida PNC commenter Darkwolf57, it appears the ban against Pagans within Florida Masonry implemented by now former Grandmaster Jorge L. Aladro has been undone. PNC Florida featured the personal experience of one such Mason in a December 2012 post. Darkwolf57 posted to the comment thread of the EMLC Press Release story, and I’ve highlighted their comments here below:
Darkwolf57 Submitted on 2013/06/04 at 8:54 PM
“Happy to report that, on May 28th, 2013, the Grand Lodge of Florida overturned Ruling and Decision #3 on the advice of their Jurisprudence Committee, and that all Masons affected by said Ruling are now fully restored to membership.
Exactly why this Ruling was made in the first place is a bit beyond me… I’m not a Mind-reader. But, my guess is that the Grand Master wrote it in a fit of pique, without consulting his Jurisprudence Committee (which is certainly his Right, but rarely a smart move). As others on the Net have pointed out, his stated reasoning on this was ENTIRELY out-of-line with Masonic History, its Ideals, and its Laws. A simple chat with his Chairman of Jurisprudence would have set him straight.
None of us are perfect. But PGM Aladro took a Prideful, sectarian stance on Pagans in Masonry, and his muddle-headed Ruling was shot down.
So Mote it Be !”
Darkwolf57 also posted a previous comment detailing how communications were sent between state Lodges threatening de-recognition of the Florida Lodge if this ruling was not overturned.
The blog Freemasons for Dummies has also verified this story that Pagans, Gnostics and Wiccans are now welcomed back into the fold of Florida Freemasonry.