Friday, May 17, 2013

Royal Order of Jesters

The Royal Order of Jesters is a sub organization of the Shrine 
which is invitation only and shrouded in substantial controversy.[1]

From their former website (retrieved from the Wayback Archive in 2009 and 2011) they say of themselves:

The Jesterman’s Creed
Laugh and the glad world laughs with you,
Weep and the sad World will sigh!
Mirth is our Life’s true Elixir;
It show you’re a “Regular Guy!”
There’s nothing so banishes worry,
nor puts such a big crimp in sin;
Nor smooths out the wrinkles of trouble,
Like a jolly old Jesterman’s grin!
It rolls off the years from your shoulders,
You’ll forget that you’ve grown to be men!
Your youth turns once again to embrace you,
For you’ve grown to be schoolboys again!
So, if you’ve got grouches, don’t bring ’em,
It’s your laugh and your joke that we need;
For Mirth is the Doctor of Trouble,
And Laughter the Jesterman’s Creed.

They say further:

The Royal Order of Jesters proudly believe and participate in Masonry. most Masonic bodies are dedicated to charity, The Royal Order of Jesters is a fun “degree,” with absolutely no serious intent. The motto, “Mirth is King,” is sufficient to give voice to the purpose of the organization. The Royal Order of Jesters feel that there are times, after our hard work and dedication to family and mankind, when everyone should remember to laugh and appreciate the good work one has done.

The original meeting resulting in the formation was held on February 20, 1911, by Shriners on a pilgrimage to Aloha Temple, Hawaii, in the Captain’s office of the “S.S. Wilhelmina.” Noble A.M. Ellison of San Francisco, California, was responsible and the original cast included a Director and thirteen members. It was organized June 25th, 1917, at an informal meeting. Jesters are made from members of the Shrine in good standing. 

Membership is by invitation only, not application.  
Unverified – Royal Order of Jesters Initiation Ritual from 1928

Notes :

Royal Order of Jesters and Bizzare Sex Acts 

Chris Hodapp at the blog Freemason for Dummies has posted up a pretty revealing (and scathing in its own way) analysis of the story that appeared in the Buffalo News.

You can find the ongoing news saga here:
Human trafficking close to home – Sheriff’s deputy plays lead role as she works to help victims of all ages in local battle against atrocious crimes ranging from prostitution to slavery
Ex-deputy admits hiding crime
Ex-deputy charged in Jesters case
Probe of Jesters’ carousing goes national Case against 3 men from area wraps up
Lawyer in Jesters case pleads guilty to transporting prostitute illegally
Plea deal expected for lawyer in vice case Probe focuses on transporting prostitutes to Jesters event
Deputies eyed in Jesters investigation Pair added to group suspected of patronizing prostitutes

The story is the further sentencing of brothers, who were also members of the Shrine’s Royal Order of Jesters (their website is gone, but a version exists in the wayback machine from 2011), who committed felony violation of the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting people across state lines for prostitution.

In this story, it details the expansion of the federal investigation where now other states are becoming involved as more allegations of bizarre actions of members are coming into question. And, consequently, a 2nd group in Big Sandy, Kentucky has been suspended pending investigation.

Truth be told, this has some very dark tones to what it portends, and if true, it will denigrate the fraternity more than one isolated situation.

What is being reported in the story are:
Prostitutes walking around parties, wearing only panties, soliciting Jesters to meet them later in their hotel rooms.
“Sex contests” involving prostitutes and Jesters members, performing in front of large groups of Jesters.
Off-duty cops in uniform, making sure that no non-Jesters entered the rooms where activities were going on.

Brother Gary N. Martin, who is the president of the 22,000-member Royal Order of Jesters, says that he is “disturbed about the allegations”. But that, to his knowledge, such conduct is extremely isolated and never condoned by the organization.

As a brother, the allegations disturb me too, and so to does the possibility of what this will say about the moral and upright fraternity of men.

Proudly, the Royal order of Jesters say on their home page “The Royal Order of Jesters proudly believe and participate in Masonry“.

Is this really so “extremely isolated”? And does the activity warrant instructive tongues to correct?

Read Br. Hodapp’s piece on the article, then read the articles above.

In my opinion, I think its time for the Masonic Billiken to go, before its mirth making takes the fraternity down the drain.

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