700 years on, and it looks like the Knights Templar are STILL getting persecuted by those in authority! Not with arrests on bogus charges and torture, but by Politically Correct council Jobsworths – because the Knights Templar name and image “might upset Muslims”!
A market stall holder has been banned from having a stand in a town centre because she was selling ‘offensive’ Knights Templar coffee mugs.
Tina Gayle has been prohibited from having a stall in Loughborough Market after someone complained about the mugs.
She said the complainant had told the council the £6 Knights Templar mugs were offensive to Muslims and so she was asked to remove them from her stall.
When she refused to do so she was sent a letter and informed she had been given an outright ban.
Miss Gayle, 56, said: ‘It’s very unfair. The council told me about the complaint about the mugs and them being offensive to Muslims. They asked me to remove them. I said that was ridiculous and told them “no”.
‘They then printed off a letter on Friday at 4pm and said I’m banned. You’re meant to have three written warnings before expulsion and they didn’t do that. It was apparently something so bad they were banning me completely.’
She added: ‘They have only given me three days to appeal which is nowhere near long enough.’
Miss Gayle, who lives in Didcot, has been travelling to Loughborough and selling rare books there for the last three years.
She started selling the Knights Templar mugs to try and make more money, as she pays the council £22 to rent the stall.
She said: ‘I provide a service no one else provides. I find books that people can’t find and are out of print…I make a lot of people very happy. People know I am there and that I can find books they can’t find anywhere.
‘My customers think it’s terrible what’s going on and that the council are saying what they can and can’t buy.’
Referring to the mugs she said: ‘The complainant said they were offensive because the Knights Templar killed Muslims in the crusades 710 years ago.
‘The Knights Templar were fighting monks, used to protect pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem. They stopped them being robbed…they weren’t an army who were killing.
‘It’s a very important week for the Knights Templar as October 13 is when all the Knights Templar were arrested by the King of France and then slowly slaughtered.
‘That’s where the saying ‘unlucky for some’ comes from.
‘A lot of my customers are Knights Templar, it’s a Christian Masonic Order. It’s about swearing a vow to protect the Christian faith.
‘Richard the Lionheart killed thousands of Muslims and I’ve had items relating him, and the Romans, and no one has ever complained.
‘No Muslims have ever complained…in fact I don’t think I’ve ever sold a book to a Muslim.
‘If I only sell books on people who haven’t killed someone, I’d be reduced to Alan Titchmarsh.’
A spokesman for Charnwood Borough Council said: ‘On Friday, October 6 we received a complaint that the trader was selling contemporary Knights of the Templar mugs.
‘We visited the stall and spoke to the trader again to ask her to remove the mugs.
‘It’s not for us to comment as to why the mugs were offensive to the complainant, however we had previously asked the trader not to sell contemporary mugs or items which could cause offence so we asked for them to be removed.
‘The trader refused to remove the mugs from the stall so we issued a second letter which excludes the trader from all Loughborough markets.
‘This decision is in line with our market regulations which state that if a trader has displayed serious misconduct, they can be immediately excluded from trading, with no further warnings required.
‘Serious misconduct includes bringing the market into disrepute and selling items which could be offensive.
‘The trader can appeal this decision, and we would ask her to write to us to confirm she wishes to do so.’