Moorish Science Temple of America – Seas of David

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The Moorish Science Temple of America recently (June, 2006) was in the news in connection with the arrest of seven men accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago:

The ringleader of the seven men accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago was a “Moses-like figure” who carried a crooked cane and wore a cape as he sought to recruit followers to a religious cult called the Seas of David.

Narseal Batiste, 32, a martial arts enthusiast, led his oddball group of what he called “soldiers” seeking to wage a “full ground war” against America, according to charges brought last week.
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A close friend said his teachings came from the Moorish Science Temple of America…
– Source: Seas of David: Bizarre cult of Sears Tower plotter, The Times, UK, June 25, 2006

However, it appears that the Seas of David group has no connection with the Moorish Science Temple of America:



Willie Bey, divine minister of the Moorish Science Temple of America No. 1 at 3810 S. Wabash, said he was surprised when the group was mentioned in connection with the alleged terror plot in Miami.

“I heard these brothers were using our name,” said Bey, who wore a medallion bearing the word “Justice” and a red star and crescent on his neck. “I have no idea who these people are. We are law-abiders, not lawbreakers. This is home. We are not fighting against the U.S.A.”

In the past, others have identified themselves as members of the Moorish Science Temple of America when they did not share the group’s ideals, Bey said.

For instance, in the late 1970s, Jeff Fort, the head of the El Rukn street gang in Chicago, reportedly founded the Moorish Science Temple of America, El Rukn Tribe, hoping such an affiliation would deter law enforcement. Fort is now serving a 75-year sentence for murder.
– Source: Dad: Sears Tower suspect under spell of man, Chicago Sun-Times, USA, June 25, 2006

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