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During the judicial proceedings against the Knights Templar, assertions were made that the knights engaged in pagan idolatry. Statements had been obtained from former knights, stating that the order secretly worshipped idols, one of which was named as Baphomet. Such confessions were obtained under torture and were later recanted; therefore their validity is questionable.
This, among other charges of spitting, trampling, defecating or urinating on the cross; while naked, being "kissed obscenely" by the receptor on the lips, navel, and base of the spine; heresy and worship of other idols; institutionalized homosexuality; and contempt of the Holy Mass and denial of the sacraments, was used to portray their Order as heretical.
Allegations of demonic activity on the Knights' part arose when Philip IV who was in financial difficulty due to wars with England (and who it is believed desired the wealth of the Templars, diminished influence of the Church in France, in addition to being well in debt to the Templars) plotted to destroy the order
I would have to say that without question, this seems a bit convenient. The largest portion of this slander undoubtedly came from the Taxil Hoax,
Originally posted by seridium
why would levi sketch a pic of this sort, with baphomet in the back all standing tall?
"Baphomet" may actually derive from the Arabic word ابو فهمة Abufihamat, meaning "The Father of Understanding"
We were destroyed by our own pride and overconfidence.
Only a handful of us survived the fires of armageddon. Those few survivors fled into space and founded the Temploid Order. In guilt, they turned away from war and embraced spiritual salvation through the sacred Program. Its blend of technology and high magic showed them the only way to atone for their failure was to become non-combatants and devote themselves to helping and healing any beset by the infernal Tide. Thus, the Brotherhood was born
Originally posted by stalkingwolf
The problem is that there is about 500 years between the Templar trials and the Taxil hoax.
The Templar trials were a blow, but I believe the worst public issue came with the Taxil Hoax.