"The members of the Order must fight against materialism, injustice and tyranny in the world."
"The Knights Templar will begin a challenging ideological battle to defend the values of a society based on ethics."
"I swear and promise to always seek to protect the oppressed, the widow and the orphan."
"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."
"The Order promotes patriotism, and the expression of pride in one's own land."
"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."
"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."
"It is prohibited to abuse the innocence of chaste women, and minors, using power or trickery to seduce them."
"For the use of deadly force, the council's authorization is required."
"When a Knight ... breaks the vow of silence of the Knights Templar of the state of Michoacan, he will receive a death sentence."
July 14: A Mexican army soldier stands next to pick-up truck with Knight Templar logos that was seized when a training camp was discovered after a firefight between Mexican army soldiers and gunmen in the woods near the town of Santa Gertrudis, Mexico. The Templar Knights are a new drug cartel that was created after it splintered from the La Familia cartel last March.
The crime group is distributing booklets saying it is fighting a war against poverty, tyranny and injustice. Here are excerpts of their credo.