An eccentric Australian businessman embroiled in a lawsuit with a water company in Sydney asked the judge presiding over the case to reveal his Freemasonry status, but Justice John Sackar refused, claiming it’s not relevant.

According to Paul Makucha, who says he’s “terrified of the Freemasons,” one the principals he’s suing uses masonic codes and since members “must conceal the crimes of their brother masons,” argued there could be a conflict of interest IF the judge is a member of the semi-secretive fraternal organization. As crazy as all that sounds, maybe he’s onto something. Should judges who practice masonry recuse themselves if the case involves another mason?