The Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) which was “founded” in its current form by an odd chap who thought women were too stupid to learn magic, and that Jews performed human sacrifices and deserve to be wiped out has come out against the alt-right.
For a while now OTO has attracted a fair few alt-right members from those who were drawn to the libertine writings of its founder Aleister Crowley. As a result, it has found members like Augustus Sol Invictus a political candidate who it had to expel for brutally and sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice, as you do. To be fair to Mr Invictus, Crowley did a similar experiment which involved a goat having sex with his girlfriend and then getting its throat cut.
Anyway, it is fairly clear that the U.S. Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis has had enough of these sorts of right-wing nut-jobs in its ranks and has issued a statement against them.
The statement admits while it is no secret Crowley’s writings include a number of statements that are demeaning to women and to specific racial or ethnic groups.” But they are what they are, and they are part of OTO’s history.
“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 realising the age-old vision of the Universal Brotherhood of Man, which includes all Humankind, the statement says.
“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.”
This will be rather annoying to a faction within the OTO who feels that the Order is about naked scarlet women submitting themselves to men on altars, while real men express their individuality by chanting “do what you wilt” like parrots on speed.
Still the move to clean up its act has to be welcomed, it will be interesting to see if it leads to mass resignations.