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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-24-06 02:58 AM
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3. Bible their book, work their life, family says
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"When federal agents swooped in to arrest the alleged ringleader in a purported terror plot, Narseal Batiste was applying stucco to an apartment building in Miami's historic Buena Vista East neighborhood.

The job was left unfinished when Batiste and two of his crew were cuffed and taken away by FBI agents, said the startled landlord, John Tronolone. ''They seemed like nice enough guys,'' he said.

Batiste -- a small contractor who provided work, martial-arts training and religious instruction to his tiny knot of followers -- was among the seven South Florida men charged with conspiring to blow up buildings and wage war against the U.S. government.

They are all young, ranging in age from their early 20s to the early 30s. Five were born in the United States, four of Haitian descent and another of Dominican parents. Two others were Haitian immigrants.

It's unknown what particular grudge, if any, they held against the United States. The government's indictment contends they were inspired by Islamic belief to wage Jihad against America, but it's unclear what religious belief they actually embraced. One relative said they studied a faith that blends Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

All they know, say relatives and friends, is that the group's activities were innocent."

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/14891105.htm



Group denies violent doctrine

An associate of one of the South Florida terrorism suspects said the group practiced a religion that blends Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

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"The seven South Florida men accused of plotting terrorism claim to follow teachings of the Moorish Science Temple of America, a religion that blends aspects of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and stresses self-discipline through martial arts, a close friend of one of the arrested men said Friday.

Sylvain Plantin, 30, a distant cousin and friend of indicted group member Stanley Grant Phanor, said the group's leader, Narseal Batiste, followed the religious teachings of the Prophet Noble Drew Ali, who founded the Moorish Science Temple.

''I never joined the group, but I went to a couple of Bible studies'' at the warehouse on Northwest 15th Avenue that was raided by federal agents, Plantin said.

``I never heard him talk about explosives or guns. He only talked about defending themselves. If I'd have heard that, believe me, I'd have been the first to call 911.''

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/14891106.htm

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