Immoral Obligation Assumed

The Obligations which Freemasonry requires that all of its candidates keep and perform are immoral. The validity of this statement may be readily seen if any of the Obligations from the Master Mason's Oath and Obligation quoted herein are carefully scrutinized; for instance, examine the Obligation which reads as follows:

"I furthermore promise and swear that I will not cheat, wrong, or defraud a lodge of Master Masons or a brother of this degree, knowing them to be such, but will give them due and timely notice, that they may ward off all approaching danger."1

This Obligation requires only that a Master Mason will not cheat, wrong, or defraud a lodge of Master Masons, or a brother Master Mason, if he knows them to be such. What if he does not know them to be Master Masons? What if they are not Master Masons? From the way that this Obligation is worded, it would appear that a Master Mason by his own Obligation is permitted to cheat, wrong, and defraud both those whom he does not know to be Master Masons and those who are not Master Masons. Is this not what this Obligation says?

"Thou shalt not steal."2

In order that the validity of this statement may be further seen, scrutinize the following Obligation which was also taken from the Master Mason's Oath and Obligation:

"I furthermore promise and swear that I will not violate the chastity of a Master Mason's wife, his mother, sister or daughter, knowing them to be such."3

This Obligation requires only that a Master Mason will not violate the chastity of a brother Master Mason's wife, mother, sister, or daughter, if he knows them to be such. What if he does not know them to be the wives, mothers, sisters or daughters of Master Masons? What if they are not the wives, mothers, sisters or daughters of Master Masons? From the way that this Obligation is worded, it would appear that a Master Mason by his own Obligation is permitted to violate the chastity of both those whom he does not know to be and those who are not the wives, mothers, sisters, or daughters of Master Masons. Is this not what this Obligation says?

"Thou shalt not commit adultery."4

3King Solomon & His Followers (New York: Allen Publishing Co., 1953), p. 135. 4Exodus 20:14.

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