This is official statement by the modern Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani (OSMTH), also known as Knights Templar Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani (OSMTH)International on why they have not taken action against Muslim attacks and refugees fleeing war torn countries. The Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani is Latin for “The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem”, and often shortened to the initials OSMTH or SMOTJ.

I’m not a representative to the organization. This is just a public service announcement by the OSMTH.

“During this week’s visit to Nairobi, Pope Francis stated that Christian-Muslim dialogue is ‘essential’ for meaningful peace.
Of late OSMTH has fielded many emails, posts and messages asking why we – Templars – are not taking ‘affirmative’ action against the Muslim threat.

Simply stated, an aspect of the OSMTH Mission reflects that of Pope Francis: “Interfaith Dialogue and Bridge-Building”, specifically through the “Promotion of dialogue based on the principles of peace and justice amongst and between the faiths of the Sons of Abraham and the other great religions of the world, to establish better understanding and greater tolerance”.
Additionally, Islam is not a threat. Islamists, such as Daesh, are… and are equally so to any Muslim who disagrees with their warped interpretation of the Qur’an. Such practices are a threat to humanity.

Conflict zone refugees are a consequence, regardless of origin or faith, fleeing for their lives. They are not the enemy. Of course, no one is naive enough to believe that there is zero risk in granting safe haven, but we cannot turn away the thousands due to the corrupted beliefs and actions of the few. Doing so further sows the seeds of discord [and distrust], playing into the hands of the Daesh (who actually view the refugees as traitors).

Shouldn’t Templars be “defending the faith”? We do. But gone are the days of Crusades and self-appointed Christian Militias… armed conflict is the business of State and the International Community. We achieve our mission, as contemporary Templars, through Christian compassion, advocacy, raising public awareness, humanitarian aid, education, subject matter expertise…. interfaith dialogue and bridge-building.”

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