The Special Order under discussion restricts display of the Confederate Battle Flag only as it relates to the participation of members or the Shriners International organization in their capacity as Shriners. It does not limit an individual’s right to express his personal views, or his right to participate in any other organization’s programs.
Shriners International is a global organization, with a membership as diverse as the world we live in. We certainly support and respect the right of every individual to their personal beliefs and political convictions, and their right to express and display those individual beliefs as they wish.
However, Shriners International is not a political entity. As an organization, and as members acting on behalf of the organization, our energy must not be distracted from our mission of providing programs and services for the fraternity and making the world a better place, especially through our philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.
We thank you for your generosity – we appreciate and need every one of you, and ask that you consider the children who depend on receiving expert medical care regardless of the ability to pay, when deciding whether to continue your support.
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