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Can I just get the t-shirt?


I was banging around the web today — following a link that led to a link that led to another link, deeper and deeper into the forest — when I was startled to find myself invited to join the Knights Templar.

“Oooooo!” went the little rogue braincell that plays Skyrim and yearns to LARP.

They’re vague about who they are and what they’re doing. The news on site is topically British, but the domain was registered out of Arizona. They’re equally vague on what they want to do, though it’s obviously pro-Christian and anti-Islam. It’s £60 British or $90 Murican, which seems steep for something I don’t know what the hell it is all about.

I poked around a little. According to the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani (OSMTH), there are 1,700 groups calling themselves Templars. Which they are perfectly entitled to do. This includes the branch of the Masons that is explicitly Christian.

So, is this one a genuine grassroots movement of some kind or an opportunistic scam? Who knows. Love their t-shirts, though.


Comment from mojo
Time: July 22, 2015, 11:45 pm

Yeah? Cool. Maybe I’ll join. Buy a horse and a sword, some shit like that. Go on a quest.

I’ve already got a TOTALLY LEGIT(!!) Doctorate of Archaeology from Miskatonic University. Dated 1965.

I’m older than I look, it seems.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: July 22, 2015, 11:56 pm

An atheist weasel as a defender of the Christian faith? I like this plan.

Comment from Stark Ðickflüßiᵹ
Time: July 23, 2015, 2:44 am

If it’s not the actual Knights Templar as authorized by the Poope hisself in the midst of the Crusades (according to wiki pædo, who never makes mistakes, it was 1129 anno Domini), I can’t condone it.

Of course, the order was disbanded in the early 14th century, so, you probably can’t actually join it without one hell of a time machine, but still, don’t waste your £60 until you’ve actually tested out that time machine.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: July 23, 2015, 3:09 am

Well Stark, a lot of Christians stopped taking orders from the Poope a long time ago. I don’t imagine they’d care about getting “legitimacy” from the current one.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 23, 2015, 4:34 am

“Disbanded” is a nice way of putting it. Accused of blasphemy and burned at the stake, Friday the 13th.


Comment from BJM
Time: July 23, 2015, 5:00 pm

“Oooooo!” went the little rogue braincell that plays Skyrim and yearns to LARP

The mind boggles (in a good way), you can’t lob that one in without putting a little flesh on the bones.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2015, 8:18 pm

Me? Oh, nonono. No cosplay for me. I dated a guy who did re-enacting. My brother did re-enacting, too.

Me, I just long to grab a sword and start swinging.

Comment from drew458
Time: July 23, 2015, 11:19 pm

I was invited to join them some months back. I think they are an offshoot of the Britain First group, which is the purified offspring of the older English Defense League.

You don’t get a sword, you don’t get chainmail. OTOH, you don’t have to bring your own horse, nor do you have to move to Antioch.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 24, 2015, 1:15 am

What about the SCA? I’d think they’d be big in jolly olde.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: July 24, 2015, 7:49 pm

Oh, and speaking of LARP and SCA, there’s The Knights of Badassdom. It’s really quite good actually. Lots of fun.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2015, 8:31 pm

That looks like a shitload of fun, Mitchell.

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