The Moorish Science Temple of America has denounced a group bearing the same name that gained attention last week for announcing it was taking possession of a house being sold for $645,000 in Hampton.
The rival factions are disputing which group is the true representation of the temple established in the early 20th century as a sect of Islam that blends influences from other faiths.
The Moorish Science Temple of America claims ownership of the land on which the home was built, and its spokesman says the real estate developer had no legal right to remove the furniture that the religious group had moved into the unoccupied home.
Conway Sheild, legal advisor for the company, characterizes the dispute as “bizarre.”
She says, contrary to media reports, she never refused medical attention and insists that belonging to an obscure Moorish-American religious sect that promotes a holistic lifestyle played no role in the events that culminated with her being charged.
“Why would I have taken my son to the hospital if I was against treatment? It doesn’t make sense,” the mother said.
The religious sect at the centre of a case in which a mother was arrested for removing her baby from a hospital does not prohibit members from seeking medical treatment, a local leader said yesterday.
The 22-year-old woman who is accused of refusing treatment for her malnourished baby won release yesterday.
After the couple were arrested during their second run-in with hospital authorities, it emerged that both parents belong to a religious sect
that doesn’t believe in institutionalized medicine and which claims that government agents have no authority over its members.
For decades, the U.S.-based Nation of Moorish-Americans has espoused that, thanks to a historic treaty, millions of black Americans are actually a divine and sovereign people, and also citizens of Morocco.
In municipal court, he’s Lee S. Crudup. In the Moorish-American community, he’s Nature El Bey. As a Moorish-American, Nature El Bey doesn’t recognize many state laws or the courts enforcing them. Earlier this year, he was charged with (and acquitted of) failing to cooperate with Asbury Park police by giving a false name. He was […]