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LITTLE HEADWAY MADE IN COUNTY BY MOHAMMED Members of Only One Colored Colored Family Reported to Have Enrolled. INITIATION FEE IS $7.50 Includes Turban for Female or Fez For Male Joiner. Mohammedism does not appear to be making serious inroads on Christianity in this county. On the basis of conversations with several colored people, it appears appears that Reuben Frazier, well-to-do well-to-do well-to-do well-to-do well-to-do farmer living on a rural route out of Hope, and a few members of his family are the only ones here to enroll in the Moorish Science Temple of America so far. Even the Frazier family, and its connections connections do not appear in agreement agreement on the "Moorish-American" "Moorish-American" "Moorish-American" movement as set forth by the colored colored woman, who has been attempting attempting to get local adherents to the organization the last two weeks. It is reported that the husbands husbands of at least one or two of Frazier's daughters are very much opposed to the organization. $7.50 Initiation Fee. Membership in the Moorish Temple Temple of America is reported to entail an Initiation fee of $7.50, which entitles entitles the joiner to a turban if a female, female, or a fez if a male, and it is said that further fees are assessed after joining. Although the woman organizer, or missionary, who exhibited a card in this office yesterday to identify her as M. Cliff Bey, "grand shiek-ess" shiek-ess" shiek-ess" of the organization, said no transfer of property is required for membership, it is common talk in colored circles thaf Frazier has been asked to deed over his 100-acre 100-acre 100-acre farm on the promise that it will be deeded back to him under the name of Bey. The grand shiekess yesterday explained explained her theory that the colored people here are descendants of Moors, and that their "real names" are Bey, AH or El instead of those by which they are known, which y-he y-he y-he says were given them by their owners in slave days. Religious Corporation. She also refers to the colored race as Asiatics. Webster's dictionary defines a Moor as "a native of Morocco Morocco or neighboring North African states, of Arab or Berber blood, or of a mixture of the two." The Moorish Temple appears to be a religious sect rather than a lodge, as it was incorporated "to teach the Koran of Mohammed; to teach, preach and live the religion of Islam, etc.", as reported yesterday. yesterday. This Incorporation apparently gives the grand shiekess the standing standing of a Mohammedan missionary under the law. Apparently also, those who join her organization would be required to renounce Christianity. I I j I I i

Clipped from The Republic05 Feb 1938, SatPage 1

The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)05 Feb 1938, SatPage 1
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