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Apr 30, 2011 00:04 AM
by Augoeides-222

William Delahunt, 
Thanks for your informative post and reply to the accusers, I found it a good read. Forgive my ignorance but can you offer us more about the "Kern Foundation" you mention, how is it of importance, what general amount of money is the prize? What was the topic of the "renegade Internet flamer" you mentioned and when was that? What was the particular content made that so outraged them? I would like to know if it is at all possible for you to make a reply on these questions. I think we all woneder what is the primary motivations. 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "t_s_theosophist" <> 
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 8:24:53 PM 
Subject: theos-talk FIAT LUX "LET THERE BE LIGHT" 


The recent article in the April 11, 2011 issue of The Messenger by Jerome Michel concerning Orlando Lodge is another attempt to obfuscate and confuse issues. 

There has never been any "long history of difficulties with the operations of Orlando Lodge " as Jerome Michel states in The Messenger article. 

IF Mr Michel and others in TSA administration had evidence of any alleged difficulties, WHY 
has no National Director or Agent ever come personally to Orlando Lodge to discuss issues with the membership or Officers, and attempt to resolve them??? 

And WHY have they ignored our repeated requests for substantiating information about their supposed "investigation?" 

WHY did the Directors conduct an "Investigation" in absentia without ever meeting or talking directly to the Officers or membership of Orlando Lodge??? 

WHY such stealth and innuendo??? 

Remember, there was Never nor is there now ANY internal dissension among our membership, which would have given cause for external intervention. 

The TSA Directors have NEVER cited ANY particular Theosophical rule or regulation which we are supposed to be in violation of. 

Neither Jerome Michel, nor ANY current TSA Director has ever been to Orlando Lodge, and they do NOT know any of our members. 

A review of the history of our Lodge programs and our Lodge Newsletter will reveal that we have consistently maintained quality programs which are Classically Theosophical in the best sense. Those who have attended our programs can attest to this fact. And ANYONE has always been welcome to attend. 

There have been many many opportunities over the years for any Director or National Officer to personally visit Orlando Lodge and discuss concerns, yet NONE have ever done so. 

Another opportunity arose when I 
and another delegate from Orlando Lodge personally attended the 2008 National Convention at Wheaton. Yet no discussion of any anomalies occurred. There were smiles and handshakes, which now, in retrospect I realize were hollow and meaningless as they had already had their plot mapped out. Betty Bland, Tim Boyd, Jerome Michel, Ed Abdil, Jeffrey Forth, and the other Directors were all there, yet no one mentioned any anomalies about Orlando Lodge. 

This same delegate and I also attended the Spring 2009 Florida Federation Meeting at Deerfield Beach, again Jerome Michel and the Officers of The Florida Federation were all there, and NO mention of any anomalies of 
Orlando Lodge occurred. 

What did happen: 

In June of 2008 just before the election for the International President Mrs. Bland circulated a letter to the members of the TSA urging them to vote for her mentor John Algeo. In the letter Mrs. Bland makes some very inaccurate statements stating that Radha Burnier is no longer fit either mentally or physically to hold the office of President. This in itself is a breach of Theosophical etiquette, as we have never politicized our elections or denigrated other candidates. What Mrs. Bland did Not share in her letter was the fact that 3, Three, highly respected physicians gave written statements that Mrs Burnier WAS indeed fit to carry out the duties. 

At that same time Mrs.Bland and the General Secretaries of the New Zealand, South African 
and French sections of the T.S. were covertly planning ( This was ultra secret) to introduce a measure in the General Council revoking the rights of the world wide membership to vote for the International President, and arrogating that 
privilege to themselves only, thus making the International President a puppet of the General Council. 

If John Algeo had been elected, their plan was to eventually close Adyar and move the International Headquarters to Wheaton, Illinois. 

A group of independent minded Theosophists of which we were a part discovered their covert plan ( we had an inside informer) and broadcast it over the internet, exposing their intentions to the membership worldwide. They were foiled in their political ambitions by the good sense and integrity of the general membership. 

Since that time, because we were very vocal in supporting Radha Burnier, we have been the target of a political vendetta. We represent in Mrs. Bland and her allies' opinion a continued threat for their political ambition. 

Make no mistake, there is a small select group of politicans at Wheaton and around the world 
that seek to control the dissemination of Theosophy. They attempt to crush diversity of 
communication through subtle intimidation tactics. Part of the "control issue" is tied to 
"who gets to run " the Kern Foundation money. 

When we have a good number of autonomous Lodges each teaching Theosophy in their own unique and diverse ways, it makes it more difficult for a centralized bureaucrat to promote a single "authorized version." 

They, the Bland/Algeo group would prefer to be the only genuine voice for the communication of Theosophy. They have subtly implemented a long range plan to achieve this hegemony. 

A look over the spectrum of past few years will reveal how many established Lodges they have closed or attempted to close for the flimsiest of reasons. They have set up an adversarial mindset between National Headquarters and the autonomous Lodges. 

Mrs. Bland has many political allies in Florida, and she attempted to enlist them in her attempt to close us. 

We have repeatedly asked for an explanation of their allegations and an opportunity to defend ourselves from their libel, but have been consistently ignored. 

The International Rules of the Theosophical Society give Lodges the right to petition the International President to quash the action of any Section and demit the Lodge directly to Adyar. We invoked this clause and the International President granted our request. 

Their (the TSA Board ) actions against us began to unfold just after the last International Presidental elections. We strongly supported Radha Burnier, and were part of a group that 
exposed the mis-information being propagated by Mrs. Bland and others in favor of John Algeo, and the ultra secret plot to deprive the worldwide membership of the right to vote. 

Neither Mrs. Bland nor Mr. Michel mention in any of their replies that Orlando Lodge filed for 
and received a temporary injunction from the Orange County Circuit Court to prevent them (the TSA Directors) from seizing our assets and property. We were to have a court hearing on this matter to obtain a permanent injunction on January 11, 2011, however in the meantime the TSA attorneys petitioned our attorney for an abatement of the case because Mrs.Burniers 
action in our behalf attaching us directly to Adyar, took the case out of their jurisdiction . 

You may check the truth of this by Google, Look up: Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County Florida. Case Number: 2010-CA-4077 
Number 32 
Judge Thomas B. Smith 

And just what do Mrs. Bland and Jerome Michel mean referring to us as a "renegade internet flamer?" They, with the assets of the TSA behind them and the Quest magazine and The Messenger newsletter as a forum make defamatory statements about us and we as a small Lodge with very little assets are not supposed to defend ourselves from their libel? 
No, that is not fair play. 

One thing that their statements do indicate is the virulent nature of their animosity against us. We represent in their eyes a continued political threat for ambitions of their political friends and agenda. 

Mr. Michel states that : "The situation was complicated by the defunct Orlando Lodge successfully petitioning the International President of the Theosophical Society to recognize the Orlando Lodge as a Theosophical Lodge directly attached to the International organization." 

The "SITUATION WAS COMPLICATED???" Mr. Michel really means that their political agenda was upset and an impartial and fair minded International President was willing to give Orlando Lodge the DUE PROCESS that it deserved. 

Mr. Michel further states: " This decision creates an "island" of a renegade lodge functioning within our midst, falsely representing the Society and its principles. 
The situation is particularly troubling as it has major implications for all Sections now facing 
the possibility of the International President countermanding their disciplinary decisions." 

Anyone who has ever been to Orlando Lodge and has seen our Newsletter could hardly concur with Jerome Michels statement. We have ALWAYS been Classically Theosophical and congruent with the principles of The Society. 

What Jerome Michel is really saying is that there is no room in the Society for diversity of opinion and thought, and integrity of conscience will not be tolerated if it differs from the "Official Party line" of thought. 

Colonel Olcott intentionally structured the Society so that AUTONOMY of the Branches would protect them from the political ambitions of the so called "Leaders" and politicians in our midst. 

For Mr. Michels information, the International President has always had broad discretionary powers to intervene in the affairs of the Society, although rarely and wisely used. 

Fiat Lux: "Let There Be Light" 

There comes a time in card games when the players are required to show their hands or drop out of the game. Enough is Enough... 

it is that time for the TSA Directors to come clean with the TSA Membership and to disclose and be transparent about this issue. 

Only cowards throw stones from behind a fence and then attempt to run away. Why are the TSA Directors acting in such a cowardly manner??? 

Orlando Lodge has NOTHING to hide or be ashamed of, and we will defend this position in any court of law, and in the court of Public Opinion. 

We also notice that the VERY Same Directors have had their allies re-nominate them for re-election. ( Where was the call for open nominations?) 

Before any vote is cast, we invite and encourage the TSA Membership to Demand that these persons explain themselves and their actions in Full disclosure. Barring their cooperation they should have the integrity to recuse themselves from the elections. 

There is only ONE way for TRUST and INTEGRITY to be restored to the TSA. 

It is reprehensible and very unfortunate that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is unwittingly participating in the TSA Program and unknowingly giving credibility to this cowardice and deceit. 

Fiat Lux: Let There Be Light; 

William Delahunt, ( Lucifer) 
Theosophical Society In Orlando 


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