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No, it's nothing like the Freemasons at all, really.
Originally posted by Getsmart
It is merely modeled after the Secret Society YOU belong to.
Freemasonry makes no such threats. The traditional penalties for violating the obligation are not threats. The way they're written, the person giving the oath says "I would be willing to have my throat cut" etc, but nobody is saying "I WILL have my throat cut." There's a difference. Basically the obligation says, if I break my word, I'm not worth anything. That's all.
RULE NUMBER ONE
Threaten to Murder anyone who talks!
Freemasonry is not compartmentalized like that.
RULE NUMBER TWO
Compartmentalize it so that only YOU know it all
And what Real Secret™ are we hiding? You never seem to answer that question!
RULE NUMBER THREE
Invent a Myth about the Secret Society, so that Very Few Inside Know the Real Secret.
Freemasonry doesn't do that at all. In fact, it recommends quite the opposite:
RULE NUMBER FOUR
Compel members to spend times spewing disinformation in places like ATS.
From the charge to the Entered Apprentice Mason.
neither are you to suffer your zeal for the institution to lead you into argument with those who, through ignorance, may ridicule it.
There are no monstrous practices; there is no compromising postion any member is placed in.
RULE NUMBER FIVE
Compromise members so deeply with monstrous practices so that none dares go mainstream.
And how many murders can you name? At best, William Morgan and that british banker. That's what, 2 in 300 years?
RULE NUMBER SIX
Murder Anyone seeking to leave the group or anyone Revealing the Secret.
We don't lie. To do so would be dishonorable.
RULE NUMBER SEVEN
Lie to Everyone inside and outside of the group to Keep Everyone in the Dark.
There is no corruption; there is no subversion.
RULE NUMBER EIGHT
Corrupt Members to better Control them and Corrupt Outsiders to better Subvert them.
There is no spying; Masonry has no lobbying power.
RULE NUMBER NINE
Spy on Everyone and Blackmail Everyone to Wield a Powerful Lobby.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
Originally posted by getreadyalready
If a conspiracy is hatched in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
A zen koan!edit on 4-1-2012 by Skyfloating because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by LucidDreamer85
Did the earth exist before you were born?
Originally posted by jNormal
I'm not interested in doing it, I just wanted to know...
How hard would it be, what do you need to do it, how you would go about doing it, and stuff like that?