You hear the term "Ancient Charges" much of the time within the fraternity. Mostly it is in reference to research in regards to our origins. These "charges" as they are called largely echo many of the items contained within a Mason's Obligation. One of the "Ancient Charges" that had always grabbed my attention involves the art of secrecy and treason. In essence, you can only give away a secret if it involves Murder or Treason, those being "excepted".
I was curious about the use of treason specifically in the charges because quite frankly, if our Masonic forefathers, who were many of the founders of this country had taken these Ancient Charges, they all broke their Masonic Obligations. Let me explain.