The Temple of Love Crumbles

And a celebrated sect leader is convicted of conspiracy in Florida

Miami civic leaders hailed Yahweh ben Yahweh for his message of black self- sufficiency and clean living. The mayor declared a day honoring Yahweh for his efforts to get drug dealers out of blighted neighborhoods. But a Fort Lauderdale jury was unpersuaded by the notion of sect leader as Boy Scout. After five days of deliberation, Yahweh and six of his followers were found guilty of conspiracy in the murders of "white devils" and fire bombing an entire block of Delray Beach.

As head of the Temple of Love, Yahweh, born Hulon Mitchell Jr. in Enid, Okla., boasted of building a...

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