On the Siege of Malta scale, with 1 being minor and 10 being Siege of Malta, I put recent uproar about a temporary ban on immigrants from certain countries at a low-alarm 1.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “The Siege Of Malta Scale”, published to YouTube on January 31, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 6 minutes and 45 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Much fuss has recently been exhibited regarding a temporary ban on immigration from some countries. Wishing to hear the other side of the story, I checked through President Donald Trump’s recent tweets. One of these directed me to a Facebook posting by the president, in which he wrote, in part…
America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border… We will keep [America] free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. 
President Trump’s tweets are currently available at this link: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump
The Siege of Malta scale is an idea I had consequent to reading an historical novel about the Knights of St. John the Baptist. In The Religion, author Tim Willocks offers this vignette which describes the Order:
We are not mere soldiers, noble though that calling may be. We are the Knights of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist of Jerusalem. We are the Hospitallers. The defense of the faithful pilgrims to Jerusalem was our original calling. Tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum. It is the first and last rule of our Order: Defenders of the Faith and servants of the poor. We defend the Faith most truly not by feats of arms but through our service to the poor.
The Knights of St. John the Baptist operated independently of Rome and Vatican control, at least according to Willocks. In his novel, a sacred relic – the hand of John the Baptist – is treasured by the Order. This brought to mind how the Knights Templar, a separate group of dedicated knights, also may have possessed and venerated their own sacred relic: the head of John the Baptist.
The Templars were accused of heresy in 1307 A.D. “If the Templar heresy was that of the Johannites, the head in question might possibly represent that of John the Baptist…” 
The Johannite Church claims a continuity with the primitive Johannine Christianity of the saints John the Baptist and John the Apostle, and the Christian scriptures attributed to John.  Some theorize that knightly Orders such as the Templars and Hospitallers encountered and were converted to an alternate form of Christianity while they were stationed in Outremer (i.e., the Holy Land).
So, there are differences of opinion, and not just about the new president, Donald J. Trump. It is urged that people consider both sides before they jump to conclusions. If the link above to President Trump’s twitter feed for some reason does not work, you can try a web search on “donald trump twitter”.
——- Sources ——-
 “Donald J. Trump: Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting”, Facebook, January 29, 2017.
 Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, by Nesta H. Webster. First published 1924. Reprinted 1994 by A&B Books Publishers, Brooklyn, NY.
 “Johannite Church”, Wikipedia, January 31, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannite_Church