Originally Posted by Arch Hoagland
There is no prohibition on women being members.
No, not any more. But women weren't allowed to be members until 1995, when the national organization changed the membership requirements.
Even after that, some local clubs still
refused to admit women. As recently as 2005, an Elks lodge in New York settled a suit brought by the ACLU on behalf of a woman who was rejected for membership.
Originally Posted by ladagobago
If your only reason to join is find a parking space - you have other problems lurking between the ears.
The thing about disqualifying people for felony convictions is I'd bet that the vast majority of convicted felons believe in God, and an awful lot of them are religious. And not a few of them are/were religious leaders.
Until they got caught, and convicted, those people would not have been disqualified from membership, yet a person who can't or won't say he believes in God won't even be considered for membership.
Of course, they could just lie, but believe it or not, that's not how some Atheists roll.
Actually, if the Elks really wanted to get to people's character, they could ask them straight out, "Is the only reason you're joining to find a parking space?" Of course, that might cause problems for the lodges that specialize in attracting fulltime RVers who don't have a home lodge.