He claimed to be an extraterrestrial being from the 19th galaxy called Illyuwn,
Malachi (born as Dwight) York. Now this self-proclaimed leader of his
creation, the United Nuwaubian
Nation of Moors, will likely spend the rest of his life in US
federal prison having received a 135 year sentence.
2003 he admitted to multiple state charges of child abuse, kidnapping, and more.
Engaging in a variety of tactics to avoid prosecution, he claimed that he was an
American Indian using a genealogy so weak as to cause any serious historian fits
of laughter. In another ploy, he withdrew his guilty plea and chose to stand
trial on federal charges - where he ultimately lost. But let's begin at the
Bro. Gary Leazer has generously given us permission to reprint
an article from is "CIS Masonic Report, Vol. 7, No.4 of March, 2003".
We think you'll find it enlightening.
Leader Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges
Masonic Reporter, 2003.
This is not normally an article I would put in the CIS Masonic Report.
However, because hints of Freemasonry are found in the United Nuwaubian
Nation of Moor's teachings, it may be of some interest to my readers.
visited the Nuwaubian's 480-acre compound ten miles west of Eatonton,
Georgia, on two occasions in the fall of 1998. I first visited on a
weekday. I received a warm welcome and was assured the compound was mine
to explore and photograph. I saw no more than a dozen people on my first
visit. A member suggested I return on a Sunday when many more people
would be present. I did and found between 300 and 400 people present.
Most appeared to be members. They were friendly. I did not see any other
group has used several names in its history: Holy Tabernacle Ministries,
Ansaru Allah Community, and of most interest to Masons, Lodge 19 of the
Ancient and Mystic Order of Malachizodok. The group, under the
leadership of Malachi Z. York (born Dwight York on 26 June 1945),
arrived in Putnam County, Georgia, from New York in 1994. The ancient
rock eagle formation, probably created by Native Americans, at Rock
Eagle State Park not far from Eatonton is said to have attracted York to
the area. Malachizodok is called "The Grand Master," an
apparent reference to York himself.
has borrowed a number of ideas from various religious and fraternal
groups, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Egyptian religions,
African tribal religions, the New Age Movement, UFOlogy, Tomothy Drew's
Moorish Science Temple in America, and Prince Hall Freemasonry,
particularly the Shrine. His male followers wear black or red fezes. A
number of years ago, it was reported the Nuwaubians were interested in
purchasing the Shrine Temple in downtown Macon, Georgia, but plans fell
through. (Interview with Skippy Davis, Macon Telegraph staff
have a number of York's books in my library, including his scripture
called The Holy Tablets. I noticed few references to Masonry in his
books. York says his members may join the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the
armed forces, and "Any Lodges That You Investigate," among
other organizations. (York capitalizes every work in all of his books.)
He calls the Ancient and Mistic Order of Malachizodok "The Noblest
Of Fraternities On And Above This Planet." The Nuwaubians, he says,
are a fraternity, not a religion.
"Above This Planet" are key words in the Nuwaubian theology.
His followers claim York was born on the planet Rizq in the Illyusm
galaxy. York's scripture claims our human ancestors originally came from
the planet Rizq. They later moved to a planet called Kesiyl in the Orion
constellation, then to Mars (the canals on Mars was said to have been
built them), then to Pluto and finally to Earth. York says Earth has
been "Visited By Scientifically Advanced Beings From Outer Space
Who Taught Us Their Technology." Pharaoh Ramses II was an
attended two "teachings" during my second visit to the
compound, led by persons taught by York. They criticized Christians
because according to Christians, Jesus did not marry, have sex, have
children, smoke cigarettes, etc. Because Christians do these things,
they are not "Christ-Like."
claims Jesus was born 26 June, A.D. 7 and died in Egypt in A.D. 127 at
the age of 120. Jesus studied inside pyramids. Jesus, Mary, the
disciples and all other New Testament figures were black. Jesus was no
"Pale Skin Albino." York rejects the Virgin Birth; the Angel
Gabriel is said to have been Jesus' literal father.
married Mary Magdalene at the wedding of Cana of Galilee, according to
York. They had a son named Simon Bar Jesus (Acts 8:9, 13:6). Jesus and
Mary Magdalene had two other sons and two daughters after they moved to
Egypt. Their children intermarried with Africans in Upper Egypt.
York says, followed the teachings of Simon Bar Jesus (Bar means
"son of" in Hebrew) and introduced his own version of Christianity.
York rejects the Second Coming of Christ.
The New Testament, York says, was written by the Jewish writer Flavius
Josephus, his sons, and some friends. The King James Version was written
by William Shakespeare. The Bible is "A Book Of Confusion."
predicted an alignment of seven planets on 5 May 2000 would cause
"Catastrophic Earth Changes, Polar Ice Cap Movements, Huge Tidal
Waves, 500-2,000 Mph Winds, Earthquakes So Massive That Richter 12 Or
More Could Be Possible."
Finally, York claims a space ship will arrive in 2003 to collect 144,000
true Nuwaubian Nation followers and take them to another planet. It
won't be hard to find York: he will still be in jail serving a long term
after pleading guilty to 40 counts of aggravated child molestation, 34
counts of child molestation, one count of sexual exploitation of
children, and two counts of influencing witnesses. He received a 50-year
prison sentence; he will be eligible for parole in approximately 12
(All photos by
Suffice it to say that neither the organizations
York created mimicking
Masonry NOR the organization in which he originally learned about the fraternity
are Masonic by any stretch of the imagination and they are not recognized as
such anywhere in the world!
And the space ship
seems to be 'lost in space'.... We don't quite
understand why it hasn't come to get York at this point.
Off to prison:
On April 22, a federal judge 'threw the book' at Mr. York and sentenced him
to 135 years in prison - rather than sentencing him to "life"!
Prosecutors had thought that York would likely get between 20 and 30 years if he
was convicted on the 10 counts of child molestation and racketeering. He
apparently still faces 77 state charges of child molestation, to
which he pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement a year ago but his attorney
had said that his client planned to withdraw those pleas.
The 135 year sentence was appealed though. His attorney
said federal prosecutors improperly applied federal racketeering laws and the
grand jury was tainted by pretrial publicity. However a three-judge panel of the
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in late October, 2005 said that York had
failed to show that the notoriety of his case "substantially influenced" the
decision to indict him. The judges also noted that the trial jury was
instructed to consider each count of the indictment separately and acquitted
York of two of the 13 counts.
that he was required to forfeit has
no residents any longer and has now been sold. A week after the sentencing, some
seven Macon, Georgia police officers - supporters of York - resigned along with
a firefighter and an officer in training as reported
by the Associated Press and Access NothernGA.
We - along with others
who have reported on this story - have received a number of e-mail messages
about a 'conspiracy' in this case wherein one of the accusers is shown on
videotape telling a completely different story. We'll leave it to the courts to
determine right or wrong in this but if you're interested in keeping right up to
date with the many conspiracy theories being raised by York supporters, you can
head to the website of Yamassee
Native American Moors of the Creek Nation's website and watch the videos.
You can also read all about <we can't use his name since it now bears a
copyright and trademark!> and his Nuwaubian Grand Lodge of Freemasonry Worldwide
We believe this is the case of another
individual who sought to use (his aberration of) Freemasonry for personal
ends. it would appear that his prison sentence speaks far more clearly than any words we could use.
From time to time we'll get e-mail from a York
supporter which invariably accuses us of racism and has nearly unintelligible
spelling. Another common denominator is their expansive use of profanity. We must wonder what lessons these individuals learned
at the hands of the man from outer space when it comes to loving one's neighbor
etc., etc. Certainly their e-mails don't reflect any of it (or any knowledge of
simple grammar either!).
And now, the book....
A story like this needs a book and one is about to reach
store shelves. Its title, Ungodly: A True Story of Unprecedented Evil,
really says quite a lot. (ISBN-10: 1934144134).
We'll add the publisher's comments as soon as they're
Updated 21 May 2004 E.
and again, July, 2005, February, 2006, and June, 2007.
don't miss these: