Georgia: UFO Cult Claims Harassment by Authorities
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Religious rift brews in rural Georgia
[Image: The Nuwaubians combine Christian and ancient Egyptian philosophical
Group claims harassment; county wants building code enforced
June 29, 1999
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EATONTON, Georgia (CNN) -- Suspicion and apprehension are mounting between
local authorities in rural central Georgia and a black religious group --
the Nuwaubians -- who have declared themselves a separate nation and deny
they are a cult.
The group's spiritual leader, Malachi York, appeared in Putnam County Court
on Tuesday to answer contempt charges stemming from the Nuwaubians'
continued defiance of court orders to get building and zoning permits for
Five-hundred supporters cheered when York emerged from the courthouse a
free man. His attorneys now have 10 days to file a brief explaining why he
should not be held in contempt, and possibly jailed.
York's followers have erected Egyptian-style pyramids, obelisks and statues
on the 476 acres the Nuwaubians own near Eatonton, a small dairy-farm town
southeast of Atlanta.
[Image: The Nuwaubians have erected Egyptian-style structures on their
property without building permits] �
Padlocked pyramid church
They call their land, purchased in 1993, The United Nuwaubian Nation of
Moors. Perhaps 200 people live on the property, which is protected by armed
Their church, a pyramid, has been padlocked by the county.
York, according to the New York Times, is a convicted felon who has
admitted serving three years in prison in the 1960s for resisting arrest,
assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says a 1993 FBI report links the
Nuwaubians' New York operations to welfare fraud and extortion.
"The intelligence I've gathered from other law enforcement agencies about
criminal activity associated with Mr. York's groups in the past is very
alarming to me," Sills told CNN.
Specifically, the sheriff claims that the Nuwaubians are black separatists
who may be stockpiling weapons.
[Image: The religious group celebrated their annual Savior Day's festival
at the compound]
'Our rights violated'
York is reluctant to speak to the media, but other Nuwaubians deny the
allegations and say the group has been harassed by local authorities.
"We, as in all people, don't want our rights violated," said Nuwaubian
spokeswoman Renee McDade. "(Our) civil rights, human rights (and) religious
rights ... have been violated."
"There is an atmosphere of tension," Ernie Stallworth, a mediator for the
Justice Department told the Times.
Belief in UFOs
The Nuwaubian philosophy includes elements of Christianity, ancient
Egyptian polytheism, and a belief in unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
York reportedly has said he is an extraterrestrial being from the galaxy
He and many in his group say they expect a spacecraft from Illyuwn to visit
Earth in 2003, taking with it 144,000 chosen people, the Times reported
"We are basically teaching about a new way of life ... which will be
conducive to uplift humanity as a whole," Nuwaubian minister Marshall
Chance told CNN.
That peaceful-sounding philosophy seemed evident last weekend as the
Nuwaubians -- some coming from as far away as Europe - - held their annual
Savior Day's Festival at their Eatonton compound.
"It's like a bit of heaven on Earth," said one woman.
Another visitor said he was impressed because "you don't see no drugs, you
don't see no alcohol, you don't see no children fighting (and) you don't
see guns. None of that."
Both the Nuwaubians and local officials say they don't want trouble, but
without a compromise on the issue of building and zoning permits, the next
phase of the confrontation could be York's arrest.
Correspondent Brian Cabell contributed to this report, which was written by
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