We believe it would be a good idea to ask the public and have a debate about it. Occult clubs are for instance Freemasonry, Malta, Lions, Scientology, ….
- Like with pedophilia or AIDS, memberships of occult clubs can not be seen on the outside. Only when you know their language and culture, you might be able to guess. With pedophilia neighbors know when “a person” is moving into their neighborhoods (but they remain anonymous). With AIDS, society decides nobody has a right to know.
- When many of our neighbors are secretly members of the same club, it can highly effect your life, as a non-member being surrounded by them. Some of these occult clubs decide on “what to do with a neighbor” behind your back, often without you ever knowing why. They might go as far as physical stalking or false police reports or trespassing or deliberately damaging your goods. When this happens, it is in a location with a high percentage of memberships of occult clubs.
- When percentages of people being member of occult clubs are made public per postal code area (neighborhoods), this is important information for people who are not member of these clubs. At the same time, the identity of the members remains unknown, so there is no disadvantage for the members themselves. Only when about 99% of a neighborhood is member of occult clubs, this would reveal identities. But in that case, the protection of the rights of the public are also more relevant.
- In the Netherlands, Freemasonry since a few years officially has a non-profit status (ANBI-status) for tax purposes, as they assume the Freemasonry is an organization working for the public benefit (do good). So there are tax reductions for donations and for the Freemasonry themselves, as is the case with the Red Cross and Greenpeace. But their administration is fully secretive, like is still the case with the administration of the small business owner.
Do we have a right to know? We believe there should be a public debate about this matter. In some neighborhoods the percentage of members is high and that can have an enormous impact on non-members living there, surrounded by people who have a hidden pact together. Do we have a right to know?
And what about companies? Should they publish the percentage of members of occult clubs? Many companies already publish the percentage male/female and percentages of ethnic backgrounds in their culture as part of Human Resources policies. It says a lot about the diversity and culture of a company. We know some companies have very high percentages of employees as members of occult clubs.