posted on May, 9 2004 @ 12:14 AM
Let me also add my $0.02 worth here:
I cannot imagine anyone of upright character finding anything in the several Masonic obligations which they would find distasteful; nevertheless, as
the Brother above has mentioned, if one actually does find something there that he cannot conform to, he is perfectly free to state his dilemna, and
refrain from proceeding further.
The Masonic obligations are intended to impress upon the Mason’s mind the importance of duty. Certainly, there have been seceding Masons who have
perjured themselves. Such men, although few in number, cannot be punished by the Fraternity, since they have voluntarily withdrawn from it. I suppose
the entire thing really rests on a point of honor, and if a man has no honor, he will not hesitate to violate his solemn pledges, and take the
Almighty’s Name in vain by perjuring himself.
Much nonsense has been written concerning Masonic obligations. It is completely false that, as is sometimes claimed, that Masons are obligated to
conceal the crimes of their Brethren, and other such absurdities. I have been through practically every regular degree of Masonry that exists in the
United States, and have never encountered anything in any degree that I found questionable in the least, and would gladly do it all over again. There
are indeed secrets that one promises on their honor to keep, but these secrets are far from ominous; actually, non-Masons would probably consider them
boring anyway, as they concern our modes of recognition and traditional legends, which are of little or no interest to the regular guy on the street.
But Masonry’s exalted philosophy and system of ethics have never been secret: they have always been shouted from the rooftops, in hope that men would
hear, and take up the Great Work of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.