Supporters of ‘Antichrist’ protest Miami-Dade judges

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Supporters of ‘Antichrist’ protest Miami-Dade judges

Wearing white T-shirts emblazoned with ”666”, about a dozen followers of Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, the Miami-based minister who proclaimed himself the Antichrist, protested his ”persecution” by the justice system in front of the family courthouse on Tuesday.

Last year, following a bitter divorce that featured dueling claims of lesbianism and physical abuse, Miami-Dade judge Roberto Pineiro awarded more than $2.2 million to the minister’s ex-wife, Josefina de Jesus Torres.

In his ruling, Pineiro determined that de Jesus’ Growing in Grace church was a personal business, rather than a religious nonprofit, so the ex-wife is entitled to half of its assets.

Jo-Ann de Jesus, the minister’s daughter who also handles the church’s finances, says the judge based his decision on a ”prejudice against my dad” and not on the evidence.

De Jesus and her father’s followers are hoping to get the multi-million dollar judgment overturned. Pineiro could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The minister, who claimed his teachings have replaced those of Jesus Christ and therefore he should be known as the Antichrist, has refused to pay up.

He has been ”moving around a lot lately”, his daughter said, to avoid the arrest warrant issued against him for contempt.
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Many of de Jesus’ followers say his clash with secular justice system is further proof that he is the Second Coming. The original Messiah also faced significant legal difficulties, they note.
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– Source: Supporters of ‘Antichrist’ protest Miami-Dade judges, Jack Dolan, Miami Herald, Marc. 10, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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