I keep running in to this. Surfing and participating in online Masonic forums and blogs, one issue that surfaces every now and then, is the question of the Christian exclusivity of Swedish Rite being un-Masonic. Ticks me off, and I no longer want to get pulled into these discussions, as they make me angry and sad, and I think they are generally based on false preconceptions and intolerance, the very thing the critics want to oppose.
I started going into this whole explanation about the rite, but the critics rarely seem to be interested in anything but their own agenda, and I honestly don’t want to agonise over this.
So, here’s the bottom line: I could, generally speaking, care less about recognition. I think there are women and atheists that are deserving of being called freemasons, and I will do so, regardless of their status in the traditional ranks of recognition. If someone deems Swedish Rite unworthy of the regularity label, so be it – I wouldn’t change anything. They can make an argument for the rite being irregular, but not for its members not being freemasons.