(CMR) A “religious cult” in St. James, Jamaica was raided late yesterday evening after months of complaints by residents who have complained about human trafficking, abduction, child abuse, wife swapping and sexual assaults.
Members of the security forces came under attack yesterday when they tried to execute a warrant to remove three children from the Qahal Yahweh Church compound in Norwood, Montego Bay, St James. When the security forces attempted to remove them; the youngsters were used to to blockade the gates to the compound, forcing the police to call for back-up.
The raid on the premises took place about 4 p.m. Tuesday. This was the second raid on the facility located at Lot 144 in Norwood, Montego Bay, since last Thursday and brings to six the number of minors, including a pregnant 16-year-old, extracted from the communal setting dotted with tents, huts, and unfinished buildings.
Approximately 70 followers reside under the same roof, having reportedly abandoned their homes.
According ot Wikipedia The Nation of Yahweh is a predominantly African American offshoot of the Black Hebrew Israelite religious movement which was founded in 1979 in Miami by Hulon Mitchell Jr., who went by the name Yahweh ben Yahweh. Its goal is to move African Americans, who it believes are the original Israelites, to Israel. The group accepts Yahweh ben Yahweh as the Son of God. In this way, its beliefs are unique and distinct from those of other Black Hebrew Israelite groups. Its founder was involved in a number of legal issues and the group has faced accusations of being a black supremacist cult by the Southern Poverty Law Center and as a cult by The Miami Herald.
The organization describes itself as follows: “In 1979, Yahweh Ben Yahweh came to Miami and became the Spiritual Leader and Founder of The Nation of Yahweh. Although He took a vow of poverty, in seven years He guided The Nation to amass a $250,000,000 empire. Under His direction, The Nation has grown to encompass disciples, followers, and supporters in over 1,300 cities within the U.S. and 16 other countries.