Man Tries To Burn Down Grand Lodge in Boston

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    From CBS in Boston:

    A man was arrested for allegedly trying to burn down the Masonic Temple Lodge on Tremont Street in Boston Monday night.
    Boston Fire officials say the man entered the building and sprayed a liquid onto some furniture and attempted to ignite it.
    He was detained by a security officer and then arrested by Boston Police.The man, who was not identified, will be charged with attempting to burn a place of worship.

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  2. vangoedenaam

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    A place of worship. Well, thats one way to look at it. But good they caught him. But why did he do it? I really want to know more...


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  3. dfreybur

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    It's not an appropriate way to look at it. It pushes us towards being a religion.

    Because he's insane. I figure working hard at understanding insanity risks becoming infected with it myself, so I don't really want to know more.
     
  4. japool

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    I bet they're charging him under the "place of worship" statue because it's a more serious crime and would lead to more jail time.


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  5. BryanMaloney

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    Cue Evangelical Fundamentalists lining up to say this "proves" Freemasonry has been "officially" deemed a religion by a US state in 3, 2, ...
     
  6. dfreybur

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    Exactly. I have no interest in apologizing to those who accuse us of stuff. But I also have no interest in feeding them lines. I'm proud of some of the accusations - We deal with good men of every faith. Our rites draw concepts from many faiths. Our symbols have meanings that can be followed in directions that fundies disapprove of. I resist fanning the fire on accusations that are false - We are not a religion so vandalism against one of our facilities should not fall under a law about religions. It may well have been a hate crime but I'm very cautious about going that route. Arson is a serious felony and that should be enough.
     
  7. ej6267

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    I'm sure that using the Place of Worship statute was a mistake done out of ignorance. They could probably do better charging him with trying to destroy a historical landmark.


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  8. BryanMaloney

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    Could be a teachable moment, in which the Lodge says "We're not a place of worship."
     

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