Leaflet claims death of a blasphemer

07/08/1990 3:55 PM

08/12/2014 2:50 PM

"AND HE THAT BLASPHEMETH THE NAME OF YAWHEH, HE SHALL SURELY BE PUT TO DEATH, " declared the flier.

Fact? Bluster? Exaggeration? Fiction?

The flier, admitted into evidence at a federal civil trial last year, was specific:

"On Jan. 20, 1986, right after the Martin Luther King parade in front of our headquarters building, we heard someone in a convertible shouting in front of thousands . . ." and he "grabbed his private parts and then BLASPHEMED YAHWEH's NAME."

The blasphemer "was shot in the neck . . . and they shot all of his private parts out and killed him."

"POW! POW! POW! POW! POW! POW! After he was killed, voices rang out of thousands. THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR TALKING ABOUT YAHWEH LIKE THAT."

But the homicide of the unidentified blasphemer apparently never happened.

"Records disclose no gunshot-effected emasculations on or about Jan. 20 for the years 1985, 1986, 1987, " said Dr. Joseph Davis, the Dade medical examiner.

Attorney Ellis Rubin, who represents the Yahweh sect, said he doesn't remember the flier.

Bluster?

"I hope that it is, " said Rubin.

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