Sects – Sekt Info Wed, 21 Sep 2022 07:18:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sects – Sekt Info 32 32 Resolution 22-03 Order #135 Publish – Alexandria Echo Press Wed, 21 Sep 2022 06:04:00 +0000

Resolution 22-03 Order No. 135 Issue September 21, 2022 TOWNSHIP OF ALEXANDRIA COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, MINNESOTA RESOLUTION 22-03 Ordering a Study and Review of Changes to Official Controls and an Interim Order Prohibiting the Construction of “Houses” on certain properties and prohibiting the placement of cargo containers on the property. WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes 462.354, Subd. 4 authorizes a municipality to adopt an emergency ordinance where it is carrying out studies or has authorized the carrying out of studies in order to adopt a master plan or official controls within the meaning of section 462.352, sub-section Section 15; and WHEREAS the construction of storage buildings that contain living space (a “house”) has become increasingly common in the region and country; and WHEREAS, the placement of freight/shipping containers typically designed for transportation on trains and freighters on private property for storage or other purposes has become increasingly common in the region and the country ; and WHEREAS the appearance of “house” structures and freight containers can be significantly different from more traditional building methods and styles, particularly in residential neighborhoods; and WHEREAS current Township zoning or other regulations do not prohibit or regulate such construction as it was not an anticipated or widespread land use or building practice at the time of their enactment ; and WHEREAS the construction or placement of such structures on property in the Township of Alexandria may negatively impact the character of neighborhoods in the Township and property values; THEREFORE, the Township of Alexandria Board of Supervisors directs that: 1. That the Township Zoning Administrator and the Planning Commission be instructed to study and consider the adoption of official controls relating to the regulation of “residential” buildings and freight containers in the canton. ; and 2. That Order # ______ is hereby adopted as an Interim Order and shall come into effect upon its adoption; 3. Upon the promulgation of said interim ordinance, no action shall be taken in the Township of Alexandria which conflicts with the interim ordinance. 4. Interim Ordinance # ____ shall be in effect for twelve (12) months from the effective date of the Ordinance, unless terminated earlier by resolution of the Township Board of Supervisors from Alexandria. Vote Yes: Opposed: Abstained: Approved by the Township Board of Supervisors this September 7, 2022. Rod Eldevik – Chairman Attestation: Gregg Raisanen – Alexandria Township Clerk the placement of cargo containers in Alexandria Township, County of Douglas, Minnesota The Alexandria Township Board of Supervisors orders: Sect. 1. Title. This ordinance shall be referred to as the interim ordinance of the Township of Alexandria prohibiting the construction of residential buildings, except herein where it shall be referred to as an “ordinance”. Sect. 2. Authority. This order is made pursuant to the authority granted by Minnesota statutes 462.355. This Ordinance supersedes, but shall not supersede, any prior land use regulations enacted in the Township which may otherwise be less restrictive than this Ordinance. Sect. 3. Construction of “house” buildings prohibited. A. No building, unless otherwise approved by City Council, may be erected on any property in the Township of Alexandria that is a garage/warehouse with one or more dwelling units, as defined by Section VII of Ordinance No. 134 of the Township of Alexandria (zoning ordinance), or successor ordinance, where: a. The structure is located on any property with an assigned tax parcel identification number that measures less than five (5) acres in any zoning district identified by Ordinance No. 134, or its successor ordinance, and the Alexandria Township official zoning map; and B. The amount of soil covered by the garage/storage building portion of the structure exceeds the amount of soil covered by the dwelling(s) by more than 25% or height, as defined by Section VII of the Ordinance. No. 134 of the Township of Alexandria (Zoning Ordinance), or its successor ordinance, of the garage/storage building portion is more than 25% higher in height than the height of the dwelling unit. Where a dwelling unit does not reach the full height of the building in which it is contained, the height of the dwelling shall be measured as the floor-to-ceiling height of the dwelling unit; or c. When the attached house/garage construction is a post frame construction with sheet metal and/or sheet steel siding. Sect. 4. Placement of cargo containers prohibited. A. No freight containers may be placed on Alexandria Township property. A freight container is defined, for the purposes of this Interim Order, as “a metal and/or steel storage and transport receptacle structure normally used to move goods on trucks, ships or trains”. Sect. 5. Severability. If any part of this ordinance is found to be unconstitutional or otherwise invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, all remaining provisions will remain in effect and will not be affected by the ruling on the invalid section. Sect. 6. Effective date. This Ordinance shall come into effect and be enforceable on the day it is passed and shall be in effect for twelve (12) months from the effective date of the Ordinance, unless earlier terminated by resolution of the Alexandria Township Board of Supervisors. 103111

Utah polygamist accused of indoctrination, rape and child marriage | Utah Mon, 19 Sep 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Ten former members of a Utah-based polygamist cult known as the Kingston Group are seeking punitive damages from the organization after they say it subjected them to years of unpaid labor, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, the ex-cult members allege: [Kingston Group] is able to illegally make religious martyrs of girls and their children and traffic them for sex and labor.

The lawsuit contains explicit details of how executives of the Kingston Group – which also owns and operates several businesses and schools in the suburb of Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City – allegedly arranged incestuous and sometimes underage marriages between teenage girls and high-status adult men to produce hundreds of children.

The lawsuit alleges episodes of rape aimed at forcing a pregnancy, members of the group covering up years of sexual abuse and indoctrinating elementary school children about plural marriage.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Roger Hoole declined to elaborate beyond his clients’ lawsuit or respond to requests for interviews with former band members.

In response to the allegations against it, the Kingston group – also known officially as the Davis County Cooperative Society and internally as “The Order” – said its current policy prohibits plural marriage for members. under 18 years old. They also claimed to believe that marriage is a personal choice that should not be coerced.

“Members are encouraged to seek advice from their parents or through personal inspiration, but ultimately the decision must be theirs,” the group said in its response to the lawsuit.

The group added: “Once an individual has made a decision on whom to marry, members are encouraged to seek the blessing of parents, family and/or church leaders, but to say that an individual chooses or strongly influences who will marry which is quite inaccurate. »

Nine of the plaintiffs say the Kingston group started them working during their elementary or preschool days through their late teens. None of them received a salary, they claim.

In her complaint, Amanda Rae Grant claims she was assigned to work in her early teens at Advance Copy, where wedding announcements and invitations were printed because “wedding photos of little girls marrying men incestuous or plural marriages could not be printed at Walmart”. .

Another complainant, Jeremy Roberts, said he started working four hours a day – year-round – on a farm run by the Order when he was seven or eight years old. He was reportedly told his hourly wage was $3.23.

By the time he was 12, Roberts said, he was working 12-hour shifts at a mine operated by the Order.

The Kingston Group has denied allegations that children were working for their companies. The group also said its business owners are strongly encouraged to follow all applicable laws when hiring, employing and compensating their employees.

“Bleed the Beast”

The allegations the Kingston group is facing come after the state of Utah effectively decriminalized polygamy between consenting adults in 2020, making plural marriage an offense similar in severity to a speeding ticket. However, if a spouse is coerced or underage in a plural marriage in Utah, it becomes a crime.

This marked the final chapter in Utah’s long and complicated history with polygamy. To help Utah become a state, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a manifesto ending polygamy as a practice in 1890.

However, more than 130 years later, polygamous sects exist in close-knit colonies across the state, including the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), led by its imprisoned and rapist leader. convict Warren Jeffs.

Pro-polygamy groups estimate that there are approximately 30,000 to 40,000 people in Utah who live in polygamous communities. The Kingston Group declined to confirm the number of its members.

While the Kingston group, founded in 1935, is not affiliated with the FLDS, members practice a fundamentalist version of Mormonism that involves polygamy. Members are primarily born into the organization whose leader Paul Elden Kingston is known as “the man in the watchtower”.

The lawsuit against the group is not the first time it has faced media scrutiny or legal peril. In August, the Utah State Charter School Board asked the Kingston group’s charter school, Vanguard Academy, to replace all nine members of its board of trustees after various violations and repeated.

Officials alleged that headteachers hired Kingston-related companies and paid them with taxpayer dollars, Salt Lake City news channel KUTV reported.

Vanguard Academy executives sued state charter school officials in response, and a judge issued a restraining order that kept the targeted board members in office. The school faces a three-month probation during which it is required to rectify its issues or face closure.

Meanwhile, in July 2019, four Kingston family members pleaded guilty to fraud charges after federal authorities established that a company run by the Order – Washakie Renewable Energy – had stolen half a billion dollars. dollars in biodiesel tax credits and laundered it through front companies.

The lawsuit cites Washakie Renewable Energy as an example of the group’s many attempts to defraud the government.

“Sometimes the Order asks members to falsify and fabricate documents, often against their will, to further [their] personal interests,” the lawsuit alleges.

The plaintiffs’ complaint added that these practices facilitated the Kingston group’s so-called attempts to “bleed the beast” – a term used in polygamous communities to describe how they can benefit by defrauding the government and its taxpayers.

The Kingston group said the concept of “bleeding the beast” is “abhorrent” and has “never been a tenet” of its organization.

The group argued that its values ​​call for self-sufficiency and that, on a per capita basis, its members save or contribute more to their community than the average citizen.

“Kingston Pureblood”

However, the fraud charges facing the Kingston Group extend well beyond Washakie and other businesses run by The Order.

The lawsuit explains how the birth certificates of several plaintiffs did not list their biological fathers, so these men could escape the legal ramifications of having multiple – and often underage – wives.

Two of the plaintiffs — Michelle Afton Michaels, 22, and LaDonna “Blaklyn” Ruth Lancaster, 18 — share the same father, Jesse Orvil Kingston, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that members of Kingston’s family attempt to preserve the purity of their blood – which they refer to as “pure Kingston blood” – by intermarrying and procreating with other Kingstons.

The group has called the term “Pure Kingston Blood” “marginal, unfamiliar and somewhat offensive” to its members, and it rejects any preference for any particular family or lineage.

Jesse Orvil Kingston is not listed on Michaels or Lancaster’s birth certificates, according to the lawsuit, which further accuses him of having fathered more than 300 children with 14 wives.

The Guardian does not generally identify people who claim to be victims of sexual violence, but the publicly available lawsuit identifies Michaels, Lancaster and other complainants by name.

Amanda Rae Grant alleges her father is Verl Johnson, accusing him of marrying 17-year-old Lori Peterson and two others to have 33 children.

Instead of being listed on his birth certificate, Grant says the document listed a fictitious father named Kyle Grant.

The lawsuit claims that Utah state officials went so far as to track down a man named Kyle Grant in an effort to collect child support, but concluded he was not the father of Amanda Rae Grant.

“It was told as a funny story in Amanda’s family,” the lawsuit alleges.

The Kingston Group argued that it is the prerogative of parents “to classify the birth records of their children in any manner they choose within the limits of the law”.

“This is especially true of the mother, who has the legal right to establish paternity or not at the time of filing,” the Kingston Group said in a statement. The statement adds that the group “has not issued specific guidelines for members regarding birth certificates or medical records, but encourages its members to follow the law.”

One of the most shocking allegations in the trial involves claims by plaintiff Jenny Kingston, 25, that her parents sent her to a rehabilitation center named Lifeline for Youth for six months to punish her for resisting. to her marriage to Jacob Daniel Kingston Jr, the son of Washakie Energy Company boss.

She accuses Kingston Jr of physically overpowering and raping her to try to get her pregnant. Members of the group knew about the abuse, according to her complaint, but did not report or stop it. Instead, she claims they used the band’s money to get her in vitro fertilization treatment.

She then fled the group with her twin children.

ISWAP/B Haram infighting claims 23 chief executioners, family surrender Fri, 16 Sep 2022 14:38:07 +0000

As many as 23 fighters from members of the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād Boko-Haram were killed in an ambush by its Islamic State affiliates in East Africa Province. West (ISWAP) in a new last war for supremacy between murderous sects.

Daily Trust had earlier reported how a fierce battle broke out on Thursday between the deceased Abubakar Shekau Boko Haram faction and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), resulting in the death of a commander simply identified as “Kundu” and dozens of fighters.

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A source claimed that the 23 terrorists were killed when ISWAP stormed another JAS camp at Bula Shaitan and Kolori located between Bama and Konduga.

The source said a large number of heavily armed insurgents led by ISWAP’s Ba’ana Chingori on motorbikes swarmed the Boko Haram camp, completely dislodging them in an hour-long fight.

Likewise, Zagazola Makama, a counterinsurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, confirmed both incidents.

Our correspondent also learned that a chief executioner of the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, alias Boko-Haram, Bashir Bulabuduwaye, who was responsible for the slaughter of all people abductees condemned by the group, had surrendered to Nigerian troops.

He reportedly went alongside his immediate family consisting of his wives and children.

It was recorded that he and his family surrendered to Operation Hadin Kai troops in Banki, Bama Local Government Area, Borno State on Monday.

Makama said Bulabuduwaye was among the commanders who fled the invasion of the terror group’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest area by a section of fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) province, in May 2021, resulting in the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. .

“He split up after refusing to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) to form a camp in the village of Kote in the Banki axis, where he was hiding with other fighters,” Makama said.

He added that Bulabuduwaye and his team of executioners murdered at least 1,000 people who were captured and sentenced to death.

How a Small Wisconsin Town Became Home to 4 Dharmic Temples Wed, 14 Sep 2022 22:23:59 +0000

(RNS) – Nestled on a hill beyond a vast commercial landscape are the first two Dharmic Temples to exist in the Midwestern state of Wisconsin.

The 22 acres that house Wisconsin’s Hindu and Jain temples were located “in the middle of nowhere” when they were built in 2001, according to Sarvesh Geddam, the secretary of both congregations. Today, the area is full of surplus fast food restaurants and warehouses, and Pewaukee, a village next to Waukesha in the western suburbs of Milwaukee, has become home to two other groups: devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba, a 20th-century Hindu saint, and BAPS, or Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, a larger Hindu denomination that follows gurus, or swamis, and is often recognizable for its large temples.

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When the Hindu and Jain temples were completed 20 years ago, the community was decidedly unmarked by South Asian culture. Even today, outsiders might wonder if suburban Wisconsin — and a state known primarily for its freezing temperatures (as well as its dairy farming and prominence in national elections) — would attract people from the homelands of Hinduism and of Jainism.

In fact, Wisconsin’s Indian population is the second-largest Asian minority group after the Hmong and its population has grown more than 80% since 2000-2010, according to the Forum on Asian American and Islander Health. Wisconsin Pacific.

The Midwest has given members of the four temples what it has given any immigrant: a place of their own.

Of the nearly 2 million Indians in the United States today, more than half identify as Hindu. The first immigrants to arrive worshiped at makeshift shrines in people’s homes, but with the expansion of immigration quotas from Asian countries in 1965, more than 1,450 temples now exist in the United States in New Jersey, California and Texas, where the majority of South Asian Americans live, there are enough adherents to populate temples dedicated to particular deities, as is common in India.

Although Jainism also contains several sects within it, JAINA society now has over 80 Jain centers nationwide and an estimated population of 30,000 devotees.

“It’s a pan-Indian umbrella,” Geddam said. “We help people who are struggling to cope with change to come here.” When the first devotees came to the temple, Geddam said, they felt grateful and amazed to find a slice of home.

To accommodate the needs of the nearly 1,000 Wisconsin residents who frequent the Pewaukee Hindu Temple, the building was constructed to house what Geddam calls an “arcade” of deities – a collection of marble statues representing the many manifestations of God. worshiped by Hindus, Krishna, Shiva and Ganesh. being only the most widely recognized of dozens of forms of the divine known as deities or gods.

The Hindu temple initially offered to house Jain idols as well, but it soon became apparent that different sects had different needs. The Jain festival Samvatsari and the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi often fall on the same day, for example. While the Jain festival is one of quiet meditation and reflection, the latter is an event of great jubilation and noise.

As the South Asian community continued to grow, the other two Indian religions began to meet at the Hindu temple. Sai Baba devotees and BAPS members used to schedule worship services around each other at the Hindu temple, but soon they too wanted their own spaces.

In 2013, devotees of Sai Baba walked into a non-denominational church that had been listed for sale in downtown Pewaukee and saw a large hall with no pews or pews to remove. Sai Baba followers, who also focus on service to others, raised $200,000 in just two days from the small surrounding community, many of whom had never set foot in an Indian place of worship.

The location, now Wisconsin Shirdi Sai, feels like visiting Baba’s home temple in Shirdi, India, say its new owners, who claim on their website that it was selected by their founder, Sai Baba himself.

“It wasn’t magic, it was a miracle,” said Satya Karri, the temple’s chief administrator. “We were waiting, and with Baba’s grace we got it.”

The BAPS Swaminarayan Temple opened in 2018 on the same street as the Hindu and Jain temples in what was once a mattress warehouse. BAPS temples are nearly uniform wherever they are, with a store offering Indian snacks and books, gender-segregated classrooms, and a large assembly hall.

The idea is to create continuity not only with the faith but also with the culture of western India, where BAPS originated. “When they come here, it gives them a sense of where they grew up,” Mayur Brahmbatt, the teenage son of the temple’s chief priest, said of its oldest members.

For larger events that cater to a wider audience, such as Diwali, the Hindu temple remains the hub. Thousands of American Indians, young and old, flock to this small epicenter of the Indian Midwest.

The surrounding community, more than 70% Christian and many of them evangelicals, responded with typical Midwestern hospitality and practicality, mixed with curiosity. Teachers from the local school district attended seminars at the temple to learn more about their Indian students. The temples have also given back to the community: in 2020, they hosted clinics that administered 5,000 COVID-19 vaccines, more than 87% of them to non-Hindus.

“We believe we can achieve ‘moksha’ here in this lifetime,” Geddam said, referring to the devotion to service that characterizes Dharmic beliefs.

While the temples have helped anchor new South Asian American families in the United States, Kamal Shah, president of the Jain temple, said they also nurture hope that basic Jain teachings, such as vegetarianism and ‘ahimsa, would be passed on to subsequent generations.

“When I first came here, people said, ‘When you come to this country, you can’t continue to be in the old religion,” Shah said. “Although our belief is very, very ancient, we are able to maintain it in America. It is the greatest transformation.

]]> Is Rashad Jamal White’s Secret Cosmic Intelligence University Cult Behind More Than One Alabama Murder? Mon, 12 Sep 2022 13:37:44 +0000

The Alabama couple charged with the highway slaying of college student Adam Simjee may be followers of a conspiracy theory cult led by a suspected child molester, police say.

Yasmine Hider and her partner, Krystal Pinkins, were arrested on August 14 after Hider allegedly shot Simjee after luring him and his girlfriend to a forest where they were living off-grid with Pinkins’ 5-year-old son.

Simjee and his girlfriend, Mikayla Paulus, had been driving out to enjoy nature when Hider reportedly pointed them out claiming she needed roadside assistance. Instead, according to police, she pointed a gun at the couple. Simjee was also armed and returned fire in self-defense, injuring Hider. Simjee died at the scene.

Police then found the camp where Hider, Pinkins, and Pinkins’ son – whom they disarmed of his sawed-off shotgun – had been living off the grid for some time. The two women are charged with murder, kidnapping and theft. Additional charges against Pinkins include child endangerment.

After investigating the couple’s background, police now claim they were followers of a secret cult known as the Cosmic Intelligence University, led by Rashad Jamal White – aka Rashad Jamal, or “God for the followers – who is in custody in Georgia on charges of pedophilia and cruelty to children.

Police are currently investigating other murders that may be linked to followers of the cult, including the brutal January 16 death of Helen Nettles Washam in Eight Mile, Alabama.

Washam’s husband told Vice that his son Damien became obsessed with White’s band, started drinking, and couldn’t resist quoting him. “I think he should die,” said Hubert Washam, describing how his son killed his mother with a ninja-style sword and attacked his autistic brother and uncle who were bedridden with cerebral palsy.

“He was listening to these kinds of conspiratorial videos and it was dumb as hell,” Washam’s father told Vice. “It was stupid. I tried to watch some of these videos and I can’t even listen to them, it’s so stupid. Lizards and aliens.

The Cosmic Intelligence University group’s Facebook page features a number of tweets from Jamal and says it is meant to “enlighten and enlighten the minds of carbonated beings aka your so called black and latino people Earth” and sells trinkets that include crystal necklaces for $111.11 and T-shirts for $66.93.

Jamal, a musical artist and self-proclaimed deity, has a large following on YouTube, where he recently uploaded a song from prison in which he appears to imply that human beings, especially NBA players, are injected with the ” nanobot technology” and become avatars at birth, after which society conditions them through “social programming through sex, violence, drugs, movies, and music.”

Jamal also claims that the government controls the weather and that rainbows are made to control the “alternate dimensions” that surround us all.

He preaches polygamy, anti-vaccine conspiracies and calls himself “God” to his many followers. “I am a god, and all of my people, black people and Latinos, are gods. And we were created in the image of our creator,” Jamal sings in the latest YouTube offering. “Therefore, I am an extension of her/them, and I am the creator and destroyer of my reality, therefore I take full responsibility for all events that I have experienced in this lifetime. , for that is what we call shadow work in the spiritual realm.”

While it’s unclear whether Hider and Pinkins – who were supporters of the group – carried out the alleged murder as part of their follow-up, investigators have successfully applied to a Georgia court for a gag order on the case. , apparently not to arouse suspicion among other things. members of the University of Cosmic Intelligence community.

Lawsuit alleges child marriage and rape in Utah polygamist cult Fri, 09 Sep 2022 21:42:46 +0000

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Women members of a polygamous group in Utah have said in a lawsuit that they were forced into early marriages in which their husbands raped them and that they had to perform child labor in the group’s businesses.

The northern Utah-based Kingston Group, also known as The Order, arranged such marriages so that the girls would become pregnant and indebted to their husbands and the group, the lawsuit filed in court on Wednesday alleges. of Salt Lake City State.

“Daughters of the order are taught from birth that their primary goals in life are to be obedient, a submissive wife, and to have as many children as possible,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit brought by 10 people against members of the Kingston group, including leader Paul Eldon Kingston, seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.

The group sought to maintain “Pure Kingston Blood” by arranging marriages between cousins ​​and other close relatives and avoiding relationships that were not between white people, according to the lawsuit.

The group teaches its members that only those with so-called pure blood will survive the apocalypse, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit describes a patriarchal group and a doctrine known as “The Law of One Above Another”, in which everyone has a rank in the hierarchy of the group. Women and girls, after marriage, submit to their husbands and men answer to men of higher rank.

Men gain prominence by being obedient and “pure” in blood and having large families that can “produce a lot of money and workers” for the group, according to the lawsuit. Women gain status by being “pure” in blood and obedient. , becoming the first wives of higher-ranking “numbered men” and bearing numerous children, according to the lawsuit.

But women who disobey and fail to have children — including because they miscarry — face ostracism, according to the lawsuit.

“It is a common and intentional practice in the Order to require girls and women to submit sexually to their husbands even if the sexual submission is against their will, for having children entrains workers for the benefit of the Order,” the lawsuit states.

Five of the women who sued alleged that they had been forced into marriage when they were minors and raped by their husbands; three others, including Amanda Grant, who claims she suffered years of childhood sexual abuse from a half-brother, said they fled to escape such a fate. Grant would later appear in the television series “Escaping Polygamy”. The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly.

A young child is also being prosecuted. The lawsuit said the child was raped by his father, who allegedly raped the mother.

Lone man suing says three Order men raped him when he was 16 or 17 and when he left the group and came out as gay he was found and severely beaten by a group of boys “acting under the direction of the Order”. the lawsuit alleges.

Exhibiting LGBTQ+ “tendencies” may indicate “impure” blood, according to the lawsuit.

John Gustafson, a representative for the Davis County Cooperative Society, a subsidiary of the Kingston Group, disputed the lawsuit allegations on Friday.

“Much of what we have reviewed appears frivolous and baseless,” Gustafson said in an emailed statement. “We do not expect any of the claims to prevail in court.”

The group has already attracted the attention of justice.

During a 2020 trial for a California businessman accused of carrying out a nearly $500 million biodiesel fraud scheme with a member of the Kingston Group, the businessman’s attorneys called the “incestuous” polygamous group Kingstons who always plotted to defraud the U.S. government in what the group calls “bleeding the beast”.

A spokesman for the group, Kent Johnson, called the allegations “categorically false”.

The Kingston group is not affiliated with a polygamous group based on the Utah-Arizona line that is led by imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs, who is serving a life sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting girls he considered to be brides. .

The groups, whose members believe that polygamy brings exaltation to heaven, are offshoots of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Polygamy is a legacy of the early teachings of the traditional church, which abandoned the practice in 1890 and now strictly forbids it.


Brady McCombs of Salt Lake City contributed to this report.


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Utah installs new financial officer in public school run by polygamist cult Fri, 09 Sep 2022 04:01:08 +0000

HEBER CITY, Utah — A public school run by the Kingston polygamist group received a new state-appointed finance officer on Thursday as it continues to spend taxpayer dollars on family businesses.

Dozens of Vanguard Academy parents attended a Utah State Charter School Board (SCSB) meeting in Heber City, urging the state to stop trying to fire its school board, the nine-person voting body on school expenses.

Some parents were angry. Others cried.

Neither parent has addressed the million-dollar taxpayer payments to Kingston businesses first revealed by FOX 13 News in 2020 and later confirmed by the state.

“When my four older children went to public school, they were treated differently,” one parent said. “They were focused on not being singled out.”

SCSB executive director Jennifer Lambert noted that charter schools in Utah are actually public schools, not designed for members of a specific culture to congregate.

In August, the SCSB voted to remove and replace all nine members of Vanguard Academy’s Board of Trustees.

Since then, Vanguard Academy has publicly considered becoming a private school.

The board will not be removed until October at the earliest, depending on the outcome of a lawsuit filed by Vanguard Academy.

Dave Mortensen, a school lawyer, fought to save Vanguard Academy’s board of trustees. He did not object to the appointment of a new principal or financial officer at the school.

The SCSB has appointed Moss Adams, an accountancy firm with operations across the United States, as the new chief financial officer of Vanguard Academy. The state has expressed optimism that Moss Adams will hold the school accountable for its taxpayer dollar expenditures.

The state has yet to name a new head of Vanguard Academy.

Mark Ursic, the current headmaster of Renaissance Academy, was originally considered for the Vanguard Academy position, but was ultimately not approved due to the potential appearance of bias.

According to an email obtained by FOX 13 News, he called the Kingston group a “criminal syndicate.”

“Based on what was presented at the SCSB meeting and a review of their finances, there is no doubt that they are a criminal syndicate – they also happen to be polygamists,” Ursic wrote. “Do you think if I gave jobs to all my family members, paid them 25% below market wages, violated procurement laws, and rented my own school building for 1 million a year the state would look the other way because I only have one wife?”

Ursic’s statements echo comments made by former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who prosecuted members of the Kingston group and called them an “organized crime family.”

AFTER: Lawsuit accuses polygamous cult of trafficking children for sex and labor

Ursic said he understands the SCSB’s decision not to appoint him as director of Vanguard Academy, but he stood by his email.

He cited court documents filed by Kent Ortell Pollard Bull, the son of Vanguard Academy board member Kent Johnson.

Bull is one of several former members of the Kingston band who told the state how Paul Kingston – the band’s leader and prophet – controls everyone’s money in the band.

“That’s the definition of a criminal syndicate,” Ursic said. “You have parents in there who want the best for their kids, and I support that 100 per cent, but we have to do it and follow the rules. Some of them aren’t rules. They’re laws.

Amanda Rae, another former member of the Kingston band, spoke to FOX 13 News in January 2021 about how money is spent within the band.

“From day one, they teach you how important consecration is,” she explained. “Everything you own, all your going in and out, must be ‘in the name of the Lord’.”

The state has yet to provide a timeline for installing a new principal at Vanguard Academy.

Ursic said he thinks it wouldn’t matter unless a judge clears Vanguard Academy’s board replacement in October as well.

“We should all support this kind of transparency, because it’s not our money.”

Ozzy Osbourne, Pixies, Lambchop, She/She/She and more Tue, 06 Sep 2022 21:55:34 +0000

So many artists, so many songs, so little time. Every week, we review a handful of new albums (from all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie” and talk about what’s coming out of metal. We post music news, track premieres and more all day. We update a weekly playlist of some of our current favorite tracks. Here is a daily summary with a bunch of interesting and recently released songs in one place.

OZZY OSBOURNE – “Nothing Feels Right” (ft. ZAKK WYLDE)

The last taste of Patient number 9 is a collaboration with longtime Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde, and it finds the Prince of Darkness exploring his ballad side with his trademark sneer that sounds as unmistakable as ever.


The Pixies’ new album Doggerel came out at the end of the month and they just shared this song that definitely sounds like them…through The Who-style windmill power chords. Black Francis says it’s about: “Living in Los Angeles in the 90s with my then wife, hanging out with Joey and his ex-wife, lots of trips to Las Vegas, lots of booze, a little drugs, real good times.”


“This song was created in a hot, sweaty, smoky room one evening in mid-July, filled with six or seven sweaty Minnesotans, four or five laptops, a piano, a smoke machine and undeniably heart-pounding laser lighting. contagious groove, it’s a miracle we all survived,” says Kurt Wagner of Lambchop. “But here we are. Lightning in a beer bottle.” Lambchop’s new album, The Biblereleases September 30.


Famous London club Fabric, which has inspired many Fabriclive blends, has launched its own label, Fabric Originals. The EP’s first release is a split with Eris Drew and Octo Octo. Stream a track of both.


Here is the second single from Simple Minds’ upcoming new album. direction of the heart. Co-written by founding members Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, “First you Jump” is a classic Simple Minds big screen that comes accompanied by an equally epic video shot at the Teatro Antico in Sicily.


Petbrick, aka Wayne Adams (Big Lad) and Iggor Cavalera (Cavalera Conspiracy, ex-Sepultura, etc), have a new album titled Liminal due September 23 via Neurot Recordings, and new single “Grind You Dull” is a noise/industrial/punk rage with guest vocals from J Bannon of Converge.


Canadian thrash/speed metal legends Razor have shared the second single from their first album in 25 years, Cycle of contemptand it’s another ripper that goes back to their classic era.


Blood Brothers member Cody Votolato’s JR Slayer project has its new EP produced by Will Yip not rotten out this Friday (9/9) via Will’s Memory Music label, and here is the crisp and powerful new single “The Fade Out”.


UK band Sugar Horse have a new EP titled Waterloo teeth due October 28 via Small Pond, and lead single “Disco Loadout” is a caustic, rambunctious song featuring guest vocals by Damien Sayell of The ST Pierre Snake Invasion and Deb Gough of Heriot, and guest cello by MXLX aka Matt Loveridge .


North Carolina’s Late Bloomer tones down their usually heavier indie rock sound for something softer and more acoustic based on this new three-song EP.


Austin industrial punks Street Sects have released a new single, and this one has a big anthem sound that will take you back to the 90s era.


She/Her/Hers has grown from Emma Grrl’s solo project to a full band and announced a new self-titled album, due October 14 via Don Giovanni. The first single is the explosive, horn-fuelled folk punk of “To-Do Lists (Color Coded)”.


Big UK shoegazers Outlander have a new album slated for 2023 via Church Road, and here’s the icy-paced new single ‘New Motive Power’. Fans of stuff like Jesu and Cloakroom, take note.


Florida black metal/death-doom band Worm will follow 2021’s beloved Foreverglade with a new EP, nothing blue, on October 28 via 20 Buck Spin. A teaser has now been released with two and a half minutes of clips from the EP, and it sounds pretty epic.


Jobber is the new band of Hellrazor members Kate Meizner and Mike Falcone (the latter also being in Speedy Ortiz), and their debut EP Hell in a cell releases October 21 via Exploding In Sound. The first single “Entrance Theme” is a catchy, punky power pop that will take you back to the days of bands like The Rentals, that dog, etc.


Midwestern hardcore metal bands LIB and Rejoice have a new split today on Delayed Gratification Records, and it’s all sizzling.


‘Those are the good old days’ is a saying my uncle always says to try and remind us of the beauty of the present,” Courtney Marie Andrews says of this new song. “I tend to always live in a constant state of setback being 20/20, and I wanted to write that as a sort of mantra to honor my family’s sentiment. I also sincerely wanted to write a feel-good song after a few years so dark. Even in the saddest times, there are little moments that you will always look back on with a tenderness that doesn’t seem so sad after all – they seem perfectly placed. His new album loose future will be released on October 7 via Fat Possum.


Brooklyn band SCAB will release their second self-titled album on November 1 via Grind Select. Lead single “Tuesday” is powered by a driving bass line and shimmering guitar lines. “‘Tuesday’ is a song about the disillusionment of trying to form meaningful connections and aimlessly searching for something worthwhile,” frontman Sean Carmargo said. “There is a scene of Seinfeld where Newman says “Tuesday has no feel”. Monday has a feel, Friday has a feel…” and that kind of non-specific, hard to pin down kind of vibe is what I wanted to express with the lyrics… you’re trying to get through the week, finding a shred of happiness to cling (to sit in the sun, to feel it burning the skin), to look for something but not to find it.


Aoife Nessa Frances’ long-awaited new album Protective comes out in October, and the latest single is “This Still Life,” which Aoife says “is about the juxtaposition of feeling small in an endless universe while reflecting on the significance of my own birth and existence. It’s about learning to move slowly through the world, listening to nature and trusting that I can find my answers within.”


“There’s a lot of neo-romantic influences in ‘Don’t Go Back,'” New Zealander Marlon Williams says of his new song from the upcoming My boy. “I love the songwriting and outrageousness of bands like Duran Duran. I was too young to get a feel for it the first time around, but at least to the modern ear there’s a silliness in the pathos of this music which definitely had an influence on the tone of the album.


The Afghan Whigs’ new album How do you burn? was released this Friday, and just before that, they shared the video for “A Line of Shots.” Directed by Patrick Pierson, it sets the big-screen anthem song against a roller disco backdrop, complete with cool choreography.


Sorry’s long-awaited new album everywhere except here will be released next month, and they just shared another piece of it. “Key to the City” is a prime example of what Sorry does so well, combining sly R&B elements into dark, gritty indie rock that the band says wants to feel “cinematic and lonely.”


The WAEVE, aka the duo of Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall, have announced their self-titled debut album, which will be released on February 3. Here is the first single from the album.


Decius includes Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family, brothers Liam and Luke May (founders of Trashmouth Records) and Quinn Whalley of Warmduscher. This is the first single from their debut album.


Philly indie rockers 2nd Grade have shared the 2nd single from their upcoming 2nd album easy listening, which arrives 9/30 via Double Double Whammy. It’s a dose of flippant, shambolic ’90s-style indie.


Excide, the alternative rock-infused hardcore band based in Carolina, have announced their debut album, Deliberate revolverand you can read more about the new single “Flip” here.


Chaotic metalcore band Rotting In Dirt’s new EP arrives this week via Zegema Beach Records and you can hear more about the new single “Gallows In Static” here.


Björk shared “Atopos”, the first single from her upcoming album Fossorand you can find out more here.


The latest single from girlpuppy’s new album When I’m alone is “Destroyer”, which you can read more about here.

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Zimbabwe says measles outbreak has killed 700 children Mon, 05 Sep 2022 09:52:33 +0000

HARARE, Zimbabwe – The death toll from a measles outbreak in Zimbabwe has risen to nearly 700 children, the country’s health ministry has said.

Some are calling for the enactment of legislation making vaccination compulsory in a country where anti-modern medicine religious sects dominate large swaths of the population of 15 million.

The southern African country’s health ministry announced over the weekend that 698 children have died of measles since the outbreak began in April.

The ministry said 37 of the deaths occurred in a single day on September 1. The Health Ministry said it had registered 6,291 cases as of September 4.

The latest figures are more than four times the death toll announced about two weeks ago when the ministry said 157 children, most of whom were unvaccinated due to their families’ religious beliefs, had succumbed to the disease .

Dr Johannes Marisa, president of the Association of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners of Zimbabwe, told The Associated Press on Monday that the government should step up an ongoing mass vaccination campaign and embark on targeted outreach programs in especially religious anti-vaccine groups.

“Due to resistance, education may not be enough, so the government should also consider using coercive measures to ensure no one is allowed to refuse their children’s vaccinations,” Marisa said. . He urged the government to “consider enacting legislation making vaccination against deadly diseases such as measles compulsory”.

UNICEF said on Monday it was “deeply concerned” about the number of cases and deaths of children from measles. The agency said it was helping the government fight the outbreak through vaccination programs.

The measles outbreak was first reported in the eastern province of Manicaland in early April and has since spread to all parts of the country.

Many deaths are among unvaccinated children, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in August.

Zimbabwe’s Cabinet invoked a law used to respond to disasters to deal with the outbreak.

The government has launched a mass vaccination campaign targeting children aged 6 months to 15 years and is urging traditional and religious leaders to support this campaign.

Zimbabwe has continued to vaccinate children against measles even at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, but the campaign has been hampered by religious groups who preach against vaccines.

Christian sects are against modern medicine and tell their members to trust self-proclaimed prophets for healing.

Religious gatherings that resumed after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions have “led to the spread of measles in previously unaffected areas,” the health ministry said in a statement last week.

Measles is one of the most infectious diseases in the world and is mainly spread through the air by coughing, sneezing or close contact.

Symptoms include cough, fever and rash, while the risk of severe measles or death from complications is high in unvaccinated children.

Epidemics in unvaccinated and malnourished populations have been known to kill thousands. Scientists estimate that more than 90% of the population needs to be vaccinated to prevent measles outbreaks.

The World Health Organization warned in April of an increase in measles in vulnerable countries following a disruption of services due to COVID-19.

In July, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said around 25 million children worldwide had missed routine vaccinations against common childhood illnesses, calling it a “red alert”. for the health of children.

‘Doomsday’ flops predicted, cult supporters head home Thu, 01 Sep 2022 14:04:35 +0000

Siem Reap provincial authorities meet with LDP representatives (right) on August 30. SIEM REAP ADMINISTRATION

More and more people who believed in the doomsday predictions of Khem Veasna – the outspoken chairman of the League for Democracy Party (LDP) who recently spoke out as “the universe protecting Brahma” – began to dissolve and to return home as six loyal LDP activists came forward. admit mistakes for helping mobilize Kulen Mountain supporters.

Veasna’s apocalyptic claims and his call for a mass gathering at his vast plantation to escape the supposed apocalypse had attracted tens of thousands of his followers, not only those at home, but also many others who worked abroad. , notably in South Korea, Japan and Thailand. .

The move had raised concerns among senior labor officials who feared it would damage the honor of Cambodian migrant workers as a whole and tarnish the image of the country as a whole.

Supporters began leaving Veasna Farm in Banteay Srei district of Siem Reap province on August 30 on orders from provincial authorities, who gave them an ultimatum to leave or face legal action.

Provincial hall spokesman Liv Sokhon said on September 1 that they had returned home because they had lost their faith as there had been no flooding as predicted by Veasna.

“On August 30, a small number of followers returned home, but on August 31, about 1,000 followers left the plantation. More and more people have since abandoned the site,” he added.

Speaking at the rally, Sokhon said provincial authorities prepared trucks to take them home and also prepared ambulances, fire trucks and provided them with food.

He said the authorities did not allow entry to the plantation and only allowed people to leave. Most of Veasna’s more superstitious supporters were slow to leave, with some senior LDP members staying put.

The six fervent PLD activists signed a letter acknowledging their mistakes and promising not to repeat their offense.

“We admit that we are wrong to have organized the gathering from August 23 to 30 at the 12 ha plantation and the 25 ha of land which belong to [LDP member] Ny Chan Pinith in Thmar Chul village of Tbeng commune,” their letter reads.

Chan Pinith told the Post that a team told subscribers to abandon the site; however, some seemed reluctant to leave for personal reasons.

“I don’t know how many have left and how many are staying. That being said, I have noticed an increase in the number of departures,” he said.

“I informed them that the provincial authorities had ordered the gathering to disband, so those who remain are now personally responsible for their own decisions. I warned people that we didn’t have enough rice and food to feed all the participants,” he added.

On August 31, Premier Hun Sen ordered the provincial administration to closely monitor the situation and called on the public not to maintain tolerance and refrain from discriminating against supporters.

“I call on the authorities – as well as the armed forces – to check that the site is hygienic and that no disease is present. I also call on family members and local residents who have a different opinion on the Veasna’s call to come together and not discriminate against supporters,” he said.

Labor Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said that from August 23 to 25, at least 500 Cambodian workers had returned to Cambodia from abroad. Among them, more than 400 had returned from South Korea and a hundred from Japan.

Sour called on them to be careful and not to believe in superstitions in the future.

“The abandonment of jobs by these followers damaged the honor and reputation of all workers in Cambodia. This in turn has had a detrimental effect on Cambodians seeking employment in South Korea and Japan. More importantly, their activities have affected their relationships and those with their family members,” he said.

Chea Sokny