Excerpts of 'Code of the Knights Templar' cartel

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Posted: Jul 20, 2011 5:21 AM
Excerpts of 'Code of the Knights Templar' cartel

Some excerpts from "Code of the Knights Templar of Michoacan":

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"The members of the Order must fight against materialism, injustice and tyranny in the world."

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"The Knights Templar will begin a challenging ideological battle to defend the values of a society based on ethics."

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"I swear and promise to always seek to protect the oppressed, the widow and the orphan."

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"A Temple soldier cannot be enslaved by sectarian beliefs or narrow-minded opinions ... a Templar must always seek the truth, because God is in the truth."

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"The Order promotes patriotism, and the expression of pride in one's own land."

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"The Knights of the Order must conduct themselves with humility and be the most honorable, the most noble, the most courteous, the most honest and the most chivalrous."

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"That Knight who betrays the Templars will be punished with death, and all his properties will be confiscated, (and) his family will suffer the same fate."

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"It is prohibited to abuse the innocence of chaste women, and minors, using power or trickery to seduce them."

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"For the use of deadly force, the council's authorization is required."

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"When a Knight ... breaks the vow of silence of the Knights Templar of the state of Michoacan, he will receive a death sentence."