(by Marc Horne, The Times, April 16, 2020)
The leader of Scotland’s Freemasons has become embroiled in a controversy over claims that coronavirus is a punishment from God.
Ramsay McGhee, the grand master mason, circulated a theory around the all-male organisation that the pandemic was a form of divine retribution.
Mr McGhee, a former senior police officer who serves as a representative of the Queen in the Highlands, cited a suggestion linking the outbreak to the growth of secularism, describing it as “very interesting”.
He raised the hypothesis in a newsletter to members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, whose initiates have included George VI, Walter Scott and Arthur Conan Doyle.
“I read a very interesting article asking, ‘Why is God allowing this to happen?’, ” he wrote. “The response was quite thought …