Last updated on July 7th, 2021 at 07:27 pm
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Anti-Islam
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Knights Templar International is a far-right news organization that is very pro-Christian and anti-Islam. They often refer to Muslim refugees as “Muslim Invaders.” The Southern Poverty Law Center considers Knights Templar International to be an anti-Islamic hate group.
About 1000 years ago, Templar Knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were amongst the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Today they are a hate group as their last crusade was nearly 800 years ago.
On their ethos page, they disclaim: “We are a Christian Organisation, and as such we reject all forms of racism as anti-Biblical and reject all forms of political hatred no matter from what end of the political spectrum it comes from. We firmly believe in the dignity and humanity of all people regardless of color, creed, ethnicity, or political persuasion. This does not mean we necessarily agree with them or their beliefs. Still, as committed Christians, we are convinced of the principles of free speech, lawful assemble, and freedom of expression for all mankind without fear of persecution.”
Funded by / Ownership
Knights Templar headquarters are based in Utah with little details on ownership. A store that sells merchandise/battle equipment and donations fund the organization.
Analysis / Bias
The purpose of this review is not to explore their past but to see what they publish and advocate today. News and opinion stories often favor the right and use loaded emotional wording such as this Dying Europe Votes to Kill More Babies and anti-science propaganda such as this Young Swiss Reject Climate Change Madness. This latter story does not contain a hyperlinked source for its claims. The website often publishes stories highlighting Christian persecution such as this “It’s the Same the Whole World Over…” When not reporting about Christian persecution or advocating violence against Muslims, they report other news with an extreme right bias that is not always factual.
Editorially, the primary issues they advocate for are anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-muslim propaganda.
Failed Fact Checks
- An IFCN fact-checker has not fact-checked them.
Overall, we rate Knights Templar International far-right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of Christian right propaganda, a lack of transparency, poor sourcing techniques, and some third-party groups who consider them a hate group. (D. Van Zandt 7/15/2017) updated (7/7/2021)