Quebec man in end-of-world sect accused of inciting suicide

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A Quebec man who belongs to a religious sect that believes the world will end in 2012 is being investigated by France for allegedly inciting people over the internet to commit suicide.

CBC News reports:

The man, who has not been charged with a crime, is a member of a New Age religion that believes the world will end in 2012, according to French police.

A few months ago, a French internet user became worried after noticing exchanges between a Quebec man and a group of French followers on several sites discussing the sect.

The Quebec man invited what he called his “divine children” towards “ascension,” according to the Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires (the Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combatting Cultic Deviances), a French government agency .

“In New Age language, that means ending your days on Earth to reach another universe,” said the organization’s secretary-general, Hervé Machi.


The Vancouver Sun writes that according to the agency,

the man — identified only as ‘Flot’ in the document — frequently suggested that his “divine children” experience “a divine relationship” with him and join him in “an ascent to . . . leave this world for a new universe.”

In preparation he asked his followers to undergo a “mental preparation”.

According to the agency, some followers were in such a state of preparedness that they had already made arrangements with notaries and funeral homes.

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This post was last updated: Jul. 5, 2011