A Knight's Ethics

Discussion in 'Order of the Knights of Pythagoras' started by Bro.BruceBenjamin, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Bro.BruceBenjamin

    Bro.BruceBenjamin Premium Member

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    A KNIGHT SERVES GOD


    A KNIGHT HONORS ALL WOMANHOOD


    A KNIGHT LOVES AND HONORS HIS PARENTS


    A KNIGHT IS HONEST


    A KNIGHT IS LOYAL TO IDEAS AND FRIENDS


    A KNIGHT PRACTICES HONEST TOIL


    A KNIGHT'S WORD IS AS GOOD AS HIS BOND


    A KNIGHT IS COURTEOUS


    A KNIGHT IS AT ALL TIMES A GENTLEMAN


    A KNIGHT IS A PATRIOT IN PEACE AS WELL AS WAR


    A KNIGHT IS CLEAN IN MIND AND BODY


    A KNIGHT STANDS UNSERVINGLY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS (total and full education to the student, without extreme and overwhelming pecuniary compesation to the instructor/instutition, or creating overbearing cost to the student)


    A KNIGHT ALWAYS BEARS THE REPUTATION OF A GOOD AND LAW ABIDING CITIZEN


    A KNIGHT BY PERCEPTION AND EXAMPLE MUST PRESERVE THE HIGH STANDARDS TO WHICH HE HAS PLEDGED HIMSELF
     
  2. JJones

    JJones Moderator Staff Member

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    Very nice brother, where did this come from?
     
  3. Bro.BruceBenjamin

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    This is from the handbook given to the boys.
     
  4. Shawn

    Shawn Registered User

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    Great morale !

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  5. SeattleMason0613

    SeattleMason0613 Registered User

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    I have a question as an EA am I considered a knight? I have heard allot if different opinions, like just being a mason makes you a knight


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  6. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    Never heard that one before...
     
  7. FlBrother324

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    Brother,

    To my knowledge the only Knights in Masonry are from the appended body KnightsTemplar, which you can't join until after becoming a Master Mason. If you're interested I'm sure there are Brothers in your Lodge that are affiliated with this Order. Remember all you have to do is ask!

    Good luck, and God Bless.

    Yours in His Service

    Br. R. Corcoran
     
  8. BryanMaloney

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    One question: In this day and age, why public schools? What is wrong with non-public schools. I understand that, at one time, the only alternatives in much of the USA were either the "public" schools (which often provided mandatory instruction in Protestantism, thus making them actually state-supported Protestant schools) or the Catholic schools. (There were riots in Boston over the issue of mandatory religious instruction in the public schools--the Catholics wanted access to the public education but did not want it to be used to indoctrinate their children in a different religion.) Likewise, I understand the long mutual hostility between Freemasonry and Roman Catholicism, but in this day and age, what is wrong with non-public schools? Does this code mean that a "knight" is not to send his kids to a school run by his own church, if his church provides such a school? One can obtain an excellent education through such schooling, including in the African-American community, in which there is a history of churches taking up the slack when the "public" sector has fallen flat.
     
  9. LittleHunter

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    I don't think the article/quote is suggesting that a knight may not send his children to a private school or that private schools are bad. It is saying that he supports the existence of public schools so that even the poorest children have access to a basic education... A cause the Freemasonry has traditionally supported.


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  10. Brother JC

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    That is also how I read it. Private schools, including parochial ones, are traditionally expensive.
    Aside from the Catholic-based ones, how many church-supported schools have you seen in your life? I've been around a few decades and have never seen one after the pre-school years.
     
  11. The Blud Doc

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    This may be particular to your locality, or you just may not have been looking for them. Here in central Texas, there are quite a few non Catholic based church supported schools for all grade levels. I graduated from a Baptist school in San Marcos. I can think of probably a half dozen more just within 20 or 30 miles from my home.

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  12. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    Thank you for that info.
     
  13. BryanMaloney

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    Dozens, more than dozens, ranging from k-3 to k-12, often run by Baptists, but also run by other denominations. It all depends on where you live. They're stronger where public schools are low quality and teacher unions are so entrenched that no progress or change is possible through government channels.
     
  14. promason

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    impressing,thanks,good afternoon everyone,
     
  15. dfreybur

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    Checking if this is a typo for "ideals". The statement can work either way but the meanings are different.

    I had to read the top line of the thread showing it under youth groups for that question to answer itself. Not being one of the youth groups my lodges advocate it must be much popular among PHA jurisdictions. I don't know if it's PHA only.

    The term Knight is a part of specific masonic organizations. If you're not a member of that specific organization the anwer is no. In this case you'd have to be a member of the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras.

    Near Niagara Falls where I grew up the best parochial school was the Jewish run one. Baptist schools seem to get more common as you travel south in the US. When I visited Hindu temples in Chicago as a part of my church group's comparative studies they had parochial schools. When I visited Buddhist temples in Los Angeles as a part of my earlier church group's comparative studies I couldn't tell if they had them.

    There are also secular private schools - When I lived in Los Angeles metro some friends sent their kids to Japanese schools one day per week and they didn't seem to be sponsored by local Buddhist or Shinto temples.

    Public schools have unfortunately grown increasingly politicized across the decades. I view this as a trend to oppose but I don't know how other than to vote carefully for local school board members. Teasing political influence out of curriculum changes is at the same time obvious and obscure - How to tell my own political biases accept by listening to the complaints of folks who disagree with me on politics? Much too easy to end up having a partisan political discussion on this to deal with it gracefully in lodge.
     
  16. mrpierce17

    mrpierce17 KOP Council director / Lodge instructor Premium Member

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    No....... KOP meetings are tiled just as Masonic meetings are if you have not been made a obligated Junior night (young men aged 9-18 in FL PHA) or Senior night MM (who has taken KOP Oath & obligation invested with the grip , sign , passwords you will NOT be admitted into a council of The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras , Councils also have Charters just as subordinate lodges do with that being said ALL Master Mason's are encouraged to join....
     
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  17. Warrior1256

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    I had not heard of this group before. Good info.
     

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