That's true, but those stories are mainly from later on, when he was much less involved in things. My point was that he certainly had some measure of respect for Kenji Tomiki - the promotion was just an illustration of that.
Anyway, we're drifting off topic, my goal was simply to point out that there is an undisputed record of Morihei Ueshiba approving of folks who weren't "pure" in what they were doing.
Let us not forget that Tomiki Sensei was a high ranked judoka,I think if a person in another art eg judo , karate etc has a fairly high grade one must have respect for the person holding the rank. Cheers, Joe.