This is NOT the face of a Templar – It’s the face of human stupidity on steroids

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Once again – too often it seems – a massacre opened the news and grabbed headlines worldwide. The attack of a fanatic on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, left almost 50 killed and many wounded. It was a mad rampage carefully planned and broadcast live on social media for the world to see and discuss.

The fuel of these kind of acts is our attention and the perpetuation of it in time by the outrage for terrorism of any kind, poured by us on social media. Our comments and often polarized remarks prolongue the effect the terrorist had in mind. So, I for one am going to shut it down and extinguish the flame of hatred and bigotry this piece of provocation intended to stir. It won’t feed it with my energy.

The only reason why I see myself compelled to make a statement is simply because – as it has happened in the relative recent past – the name of the Templar Order was used to justify the misadjustment of individuals and the criminal way they decided to adjust reality to their personal illusory self constructed hell. In a document left behind as a sort of “Manifest”, giving the illusion that something deeper than a human free willing sense of pathological narcissism and god-like power over life and death was behind the killing, the attacker says: (quote) “[Before the massacre] I did contact the reborn Knights Templar for a blessing in support of the attack, which was given.”

To this I have 3 short statements that I plea should not even be discussed further:

1 – The Templars do not need to be “reborn”

2 – The Order does not support terrorism in any shape or form, from any group or side, even given the obvious historical anachronism of the quoted line

3 – This is NOT the face of a Templar – It’s the face of human stupidity on steroids

 

Luis de Matos, Eques a Flamula Veritatis

International Chancellor

Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jersusalem Universal