That Freemasonry is the personification of secrecy in its most evil form is clearly evidenced by the fact that before any candidate is raised to the degree of Master Mason (3rd degree) he is required to promise, declare, and swear that he will not communicate the secrets of a Master Mason to a Fellowcraft, nor those of a Fellowcraft to an Entered Apprentice, nor those of an Entered Apprentice to the rest of the world, and that, furthermore, he will keep as inviolable the secrets of a brother Master Mason when communicated to him as such, murder and treason excepted, and they being left to his own choice. This type of secrecy is not only required of the candidate in the third degree of the Blue Lodge, but it is also required of the candidate in the higher degrees of both the York and Scottish Rites.
"I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing."2
"Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops."3
Freemasonry forces each candidate to uphold this type of secrecy by requiring that an oath and obligation be administered to him for each degree into which he desires admission. On the following pages in its entirety appears such an oath and obligation:
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