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Re: Theos-World Get the facts, Bart -Tacoma Lodge Resists

Mar 10, 2006 06:21 PM
by Bart Lidofsky

krsanna wrote:
If you are interested in more information about this case, I suggest you do what the "Aquarian Theosophist" did. Make written inquirities. It saves much speculation.
Except that I am very much aware of the history that Rodolpho Don has with the Theosophical Society in America. He published an early web page (which, by the way, I frequently used as an example of an excellent web site). John Algeo had two major problems with it, however. The first was that it represented itself as the official website of the Theosophical Society in America. The second was that it revealed rather publicly certain information about the TSA which could be used to help in a hostile takeover. He requested that Rodolpho put in a statement that his site was not the official site of the TSA, and also pointed out that posting the fiscal information was probably a bad idea, but did not go as far as requesting its removal. Rodolpho was furious, and contended that any member of the TSA was entitled to speak for the entire organization, and posted John's rather polite letter in lieu of putting in the simple disclaimer that John asked for. As such, I find Rodolpho to be a highly prejudiced source.

According to Wheaton, the lawsuit has to do with financial improprieties, and violation of the organization's publicly filed bylaws on the part of its officers.

One thing that I find interesting is Rodolpho's accusation that Wheaton intends to keep the resources for itself. I recall a time when Wheaton had published a new version of the bylaws which would have property of a dissolved lodge revert to Wheaton. It was pointed out that the key language that required that the resources stay in the area of the Lodge, and not be moved, was no longer there. All sorts of conspiracies were imagined. As then chairman of the bylaws committee of the New York Theosophical Society I gave John Algeo a call. According to him, this was the first he had heard of this, that it was entirely unintentional, and that had I called 48 hours later, there would not have been enough time to fix the wording. As it was, there was enough time, and the wording was changed. But what impressed me was that, for all the complaining, there was so much faith that the leadership of the TSA was the embodiment of evil that nobody thought to actually try to fix the problem.

This is not to say that the TSA board has not taken numerous actions over the years to keep its oligarchical status (notably taking the 6 regional districts and combining them into 3, as well as de-emphasizing individual lodge membership in favor of member-at-large membership, as well as setting up a pseudo "National Lodge"). But it is to say that I will take any representation of them as the embodiment of evil with a grain of salt.


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