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Australia Fears Invasion Of UFO Doomsday Cults

From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 04:31:17 +0100 (MET)
Fwd Date: Sat, 09 Jan 1999 23:35:09 -0500
Subject: Australia Fears Invasion Of UFO Doomsday Cults


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Source: Australian News Network,

http://www.theaustralian.com.au:80/national/4226918.h
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Doom cults Australian alert
By CHRIS GRIFFITH

10jan99

DOOMSDAY cults will head to Australia for "the end of the world"
as Year 2000 approaches, cult watchers warn.

They say Australia should expect a surge of religious extremism
and even terrorism.

Federal and state police and other agencies stepped up cult
monitoring last week after Israeli police arrested 14 members of
a US-based doomsday cult in Jerusalem.

Acting Prime Minister Tim Fischer told The Sunday Mail
yesterday: "It's getting crazier month by month in the lead-up
to the new millennium."

But he was confident Australian authorities could "pick the
loonies and deal with them".

AFP spokesman Terry Brown said federal police would act if
national security was threatened, but their hands were tied
until the cults broke the law.

Israeli authorities claim the Concerned Christians cult hoped to
trigger the second coming of Jesus Christ and Armageddon by
massacring people at holy sites across Israel.

However, Queensland cult specialist Jan Groenveld said the
doomsday merchants were more likely to come to Australia.

"If it's a biblical cult, they may go to Israel, but eastern,
Nostradamus-based and UFO-based cults believe the southern
hemisphere, in particular Australia, may suffer less or later
damage as the end approaches."

Cult leaders had predicted humanity would be annihilated after
nuclear warfare, natural disasters such as floods, asteroid and
comet strikes, economic ruin, and civil chaos sparked by the Y2K
bug.

Mr Brown said in some cases, such as the Heavens Gate cult, the
group had acted legally until the final moment when they
committed suicide en masse.

In cases like these, police had little legal leeway to act.

Mr Fischer said he personally had closely monitored the
activities of the Concerned Christians.

"It could become a worry (here). I have followed with interest
the developments in Jerusalem.

"I hopeful violent cults overseas won't be mirrored in
Australia."

Mrs Groenveld's theory is backed by Garry Greenwood, once the
second highest ranking official of the Mahikari movement in
Australia.

He is an expert on Mahikari and its deadly sister cult Aum
Shinri Kyo, which was behind the 1995 Tokyo subway nerve gas
attack that killed 12 people.

"Both sects believed an Armageddon war would soon annihilate
Japan and much of the world, and that they needed to establish
safe havens in the southern hemisphere, which is why they
ventured to Australia," he said.

In 1996, Mahikari was reported to have 10 centres and about 2000
active members in Australia.

Aum Shinri Kyo also had bought a 200,000ha sheep grazing
property, Banjawarn, about 640km north-east of Perth where a
loud explosion and fireball event were recorded in 1993.

Observers claimed the cult used the property as a training
ground for its terrorism activities.

But low-key, home- grown doomsday cults in ordinary suburban
houses were as much a concern, Mrs Groenveld said.

One called The Group, on Brisbane's southside, claimed to be
"God's executioners", alert and ready to rid the scourge of
humanity.

"They have a stash of guns they continually move and the leader
himself has a samurai sword."


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