Originally posted by akilles
When in Freemasonry you swear to your brothers and in front of God not to reveal their secrets, IMO Masons view this as transcending their duties to
their country (IE. the Law).
You're leaving out a key point, i.e., that such secrets must be lawful
. This means that if a Brother Mason comes to me in confidence about a
family problem he's having, I'm obligated not to go blabbing about it all over town. The whole purpose of this clause of a Mason's obligation is to
stress the importance of keeping a confidence, which is a virtue.
If, on the other hand, I discover that a Brother Mason is engaged in unmasonic conduct, it is my obligation to to file charges against him for such
unmasonic conduct, that the Craft not be contaminated by an unworthy.
Finally, having heard about 'individually' bad Masons in the past, they are referred to as the bad apple in the bunch. Now what kind of
standing up for your brothers is it to deflect people's criticism, and to admit he was the 'only bad one, really'.
Seeing that there have been over 40 million Masons in history, it would be both childish and foolish to assume that each one was individually a
perfectly moral and virtuous man. The same is true of any organization; for example, Christianity. Christianity teaches the concepts of charity,
social responsibility, and brotherly love. But there certainly are, and have been, individual Christians who have acted oppsitely the teachings of
But if Christianity teaches virtue, while an individual Christian acts immorally, you certainly can't blame Christianity for those immoral actions.
And the same thing holds true for Masonry and everything else.
But, again, it is important to mention that the Masonic Fraternity has a formal method of dealing with Masons acting contrary to the Moral Law. If a
Brother is in gross violation of the Moral Law, he is simply charged by his Lodge, tried, and if found guilty, expelled.
I find your comments about "individually bad Masons in history" interesting; out of the millions and millions of Masonic Lodge members throughout
history, I can't even think of an entire handful who were guilty of gross immorality and were not expelled.