US Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis has posted a new item, ‘Statement from the Supreme Grand Council’
“It is no secret that Aleister Crowley’s writings include a number of statements that are demeaning to women and to specific racial or ethnic groups. We make no attempt here to justify or explain away those statements. They are what they are, and they are now part of our history as an organization. However, at this time, we find that ideas of the inherent superiority of one sex over the other, or of the inherent superiority or inferiority of specific “races” or ethnicities of humanity, relative to each other, are not supported by the best science, and are contrary to our stated goals of promulgating the Law of Thelema and realizing the age-old vision of the Universal Brotherhood of Man, which includes all Humankind. Therefore, the U.S. Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis hereby formally and unequivocally rejects all such ideas. O.T.O. draws strength from diversity; we welcome the participation and friendship of Thelemites of all sexes, genders, “races,” and ethnic groups, and from all cultures; and we are committed to opposing their unfair treatment, within and without the Order. We further remain committed to opposing ideas and doctrines–whether religious, political, philosophical, or pseudo-scientific–that tend toward the enslavement of the human spirit, which indwells “every man, every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual.”
“Adopted unanimously, An. Viii Sol in Leo, Luna in Leo; 20 August, 2017 e.v.
“Formally ratified and endorsed by the Executive and National Grand Master General, same date.”
The Supreme Grand Council (SGC) of USGL consists of nine members. Of those nine, four are members by virtue of their office: the National Grand Master General (NGMG), the Grand Treasurer General (GTG), the Grand Secretary General (GSG), and the Deputy National Grand Master General (DNGMG). The remaining five are appointed from among the VII* by the NGMG. The Executive Council (AKA the Executive, or the Board of Directors) consists of the NGMG, the GTG, and the GSG.