Malachi York

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.

During 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 beginning....

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. 

Nuwaubian Leader Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges
©CIS Masonic Reporter, 2003.

The Ancient Mystic Order of Melchizedek     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.

     I 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 whites.

     The 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.

     York 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 writer)

     I 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.

Malachi York's compound architecture     "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 extraterrestrial.

     I 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."

     York 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.

     Jesus 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.

     Paul, 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.

Malachi York's Nuwaubian Sphinx     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."

     York 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 years.

(All photos by Gary Leazer)

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. Uuukkkyyyy....

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"! Goodbye, "Master Teacher".... 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.

York's compound 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 in this article.

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 available.


Updated 21 May 2004 E. King
and again, July, 2005, February, 2006, and June, 2007. 

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