Quote from: George Erdner on July 29, 2011, 12:10:08 PMQuote from: dgkirch on July 29, 2011, 12:05:53 PMQuote from: George Erdner on July 29, 2011, 11:50:18 AM
Actually, there is a modern, self-styled "Knights Templar" organization, though it's mostly just a guy with a blog and a few loyal readers.
Huh? There is a long-time, substantial organization, Knights Templar, that is a part of the Masonic structure known as the "York Rite Of Freemasonry." They claim to trace their origin to the original Knights Templar.
Recall that Ethan Allen Hawley, the main character in Steinbeck's novel The Winter of Our Discontent was a Knight Templar in that Masonic organization.
In that case, there are at least TWO organizations running around calling themselves "Knights Templar". There is the group within the Freemasons and there is that tiny little group I referred to that Breivik was inspired by. I wouldn't doubt if there might not also be a third and fourth such group using that name. It is, after all, in the public domain. The only thing needed to create a group that calls itself "Knights Templar" is a handful of people willing to call themselves by that name.
And you're right. I believe there are several groups in the U.K. claiming descent from the original Knights Templar (not counting the York Rite group).