Rick Santorum Invites Ex-Yahweh Member Michael The Black Man To Open Rally (Video)

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Michael the Black Man rallies for Santorum on Sunday.

​After stinging losses in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Rick Santorum came to Florida this weekend hoping to reboot his push toward the White House. But the ex-senator may want to vette his opening acts a bit better: At a Coral Springs rally yesterday, he invited local conservative Michael the Black Man to open the shindig.

Yep, that's the same Michael who once served the vicious Yahweh ben Yahweh cult and was charged (but never convicted) in two gruesome Yahweh murders. As you'd expect, Michael's intro went a little off the rails.
 

In between a some soul-singing, Michael offered his spiel about Republicans saving black America and Democrats being "Nazis" in disguise.

"The Democrats, they're the worst thing that ever happen to the black man," he tells the crowd. "They're the slave masters."

We've written extensively about Michael's bizarre transformation from Yahweh follower to Tea Party-courting firebrand.

Last year, one of his nephews -- who was charged and later convicted in federal court of murder and fraud -- accused Michael of trying to resurrect a Yahweh-style cult himself. Michael denied the charge, telling us that his nephew was saying "what he thinks will get him out of prison."

Michael, whose real name is Maurice Woodside, was charged along with cult leader Yahweh ben Yahweh and 15 other followers in 1990; Yahweh and 14 others were convicted of murder conspiracy, but Woodside walked (despite testimony from his brother against him.)

More recently, Michael has run a pirate radio station, waved insane signs at an Obama rally, been involved in a bizarre AK-47 shootout at his North Miami Beach home and claimed in 2008 that Obama was conspiring to have him murdered after a gunman opened fire on a bus Michael had chartered to go to a protest.

He's been charged with four other felony crimes in recent years -- including accusations of bringing a loaded gun onto an airplane and stealing a car -- but has never been convicted. 

(You can check out his full story in our feature piece, "Yahweh ben Yahweh is back.")

We're curious if Santorum's folks knew Michael's back story before inviting him to Coral Springs -- and if we'll see him on future stops around the Sunshine State. You can bet this won't be the last time you hear Michael's name during Florida's GOP primary race.

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Tom
Tom

So let's see, which "former" Weather Underground , bomb-planting anarchist did Obama associate with in Chicago? And which "G D America" pastor's church did he belong to ?

TruthWillOut
TruthWillOut

Michael Warns has been involved in a number of different national Tea Party events and has appeared with several Tea Party and conservative celebrities, such as Marco Rudio, Allen West and Andrew Breitbart.  A lot of people have repeatedly tried to warn national Tea Party personalities about Micheal's background and often it fell on deaf ears.  I would guess that Michael volunteered to perform and they didn't vet him at all.  He loves to associate with conservative celebrities.  Even a quick Google should reveal what his background is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Stephanie Kienzle
Stephanie Kienzle

Santorum is a tea party favorite, so my guess is that he contacted this guy simply because he's an outspoken "tea party member" here in South Florida.  Frankly, until I read this article, I had never heard of the guy.  I do remember the Yahweh scandal, but I had no idea this guy was one of them.  As this article states, it certainly is a "bizarre transformation!"

I realize that Santorum's campaign is poorly funded, but there is no excuse for his staff to have not properly vetted anyone aligned with him.  This Michael may indeed be a tea party conservative in his beliefs, but if he's still committing crimes and wreaking havoc, he's certainly not doing the tea party movement any favors.  Most tea party members are law abiding, responsible members of society.  But there is no central tea party registry, and no one keeps track of members.  Since the movement is made up of many loosely organized groups with varying degrees of conservative ideals, pretty much anyone can slap a tea party label on themselves.  Apparently, some people do just that.

Rick Santorum should have known better.  This proves to me that his campaign is even less organized than the tea party itself.

JoeKlempner
JoeKlempner

This is insane and I am a conservative.  I think some people are just afraid to talk about this guy's background and others just don't care as long as they think it is helping the conservative cause.  Thanks for posting this information, so that it gets out.

strangelove262
strangelove262

First Dozier, now this guy? Did he even check into their backgrounds or did he just see skin color and the fact that they had the right consonant on their voter registrations? These people are bankrupt. He would have made Jim Jones his spiritual adviser if he had the right complexion and voted for Reagan both times.

Sam
Sam

That doesn't make Santorum's blunder in hiring this ex-cultist with extreme ideologies.  This has nothing to do with whoever associated with Barrack Obama.  This is about a major oversight by a campaign team that failed to do a proper background check and incidentally associated the campaign with an alleged criminal with an extremely shady background.  If Obama were to come out and criticize the campaign for associating with radicals, that would make Obama a hypocrite but it wouldn't change the fact that the Santorum campaign connected their ideology to a man who has likely committed murder.  I am not talking about his allegations but simply bringing up the fact that membership into the cult of Yaweh-Ben-Yaweh required the killing of a "white devil"

TruthWillOut
TruthWillOut

It's not really such a bizarre transformation.  Yahweh ben Yahweh was always a favorite of the conservatives, because they saw him as being pro-business and he was cleaning up the slums and putting people to work. Black Nationalists can have left-wing or right-wing beliefs.  The YbY group has always had a conservative political orientation.  YbY belonged to the Nation of Islam for a couple of years and the Yahweh Nation can be seen as a hybrid of the Black Hebrew Israelite and Nation of Islam cult movements.

SONSanDiego
SONSanDiego

I know from experience that a lot of conservatives and Tea Partiers don't give a damn what a person's background is as long as they have a black face.  The Santorum campaign may not have bothered to check his background, but people have been warning national Tea Party personalities about Michael Warns for about a year and often they just don't want to hear it and this is what allows him to appear at such events in spite of his background.

Stephanie Kienzle
Stephanie Kienzle

Thanks for that information.  This is interesting and new to me.  I know about the Nation of Islam, but never heard of the Black Hebrew Israelite cult.  Can you explain it a bit for us?

Stephanie Kienzle
Stephanie Kienzle

Thanks for all the information you've given me.  I definitely have to read up more on YbY.  I vaguely remember the problems they caused, but back then I wasn't as involved in politics and current events as I am now, so I pretty much ignored it.  (Sad, but true.)  Now that my kids are grown and I have my life back, I have become completely absorbed in what's going on in our country and in local politics as well.  You have really opened my eyes even more.  There are so many things to keep on top of that get slid under the radar!  I'm also so grateful to the writers and staff of the New Times for digging up the dirt and getting it out there for the public to learn.  This would NEVER have been reported by the Herald!  Great job, Tim Elfrink!  Keep up the excellent work.

TruthWillOut
TruthWillOut

Stephanie, yes it is.  Some or all of these people may not have known who he is.  But he is allowed to be active in the Tea Party and conservative politics, because a lot of people just don't care what his past is.  Politicians care about advancing themselves and not offending any groups.  That is what is important to them. 

Even after you tell some people about his background, they still say they agree with him.  It's more than a little sick.  The YbY group exterminated a couple dozen down-and-out homeless, drug addicts and prostitutes, because they were "undesirables."  THAT is really Nazi-like.  Some people don't think this background is important, as long as they expect to get some benefit out of it.  Read the book about these murders and you will see that politicians and leading citizens of Miami acted the same way toward YbY and Michael is just trying to duplicate that earlier experience.

Stephanie Kienzle
Stephanie Kienzle

Just shaking my head.  You would think people like Santorum, Breitbart, West or Rubio (and others) would be more discriminating in their associations.  You would think they'd do their homework.  It's pretty discouraging.

Sonsandiego
Sonsandiego

It's not quite the same as you getting a souvenir photo from Allen Jackson. The way to find out is for someone to contact Rubio and West and ask them, if they will disavow any support from Michael Warns aka Maurice Symonette and then widely publicize what they say.  Michael Warns uses these contacts to convince people that he is legitimate and accepted by such politicians and ultimately to recruit followers.  Would like to see the New Times do this.  That would inhibit other politicians from associating with him also.  Google "Michael Warns Breitbart" and you will find a clip of Andrew Breitbart offering to work with him. 

Stephanie Kienzle
Stephanie Kienzle

I did find a story about Michael Warn attending a tea party event in Fort Lauderdale last September.  There was also a video of him speaking, and if I didn't know his history I would think he was just a regular tea party member.  Allen West's name is mentioned in the article, but it did not say he attended that event, nor were there any pictures or videos of West.  I tried to post that article earlier, but the website monitor had to approve my post, and I guess they never did.  I also found an article in the Broward New Times entitled '"Michael the Black Man" Buys Sentinel Ad for West and Rubio.'  There is a slide show, supposedly Warn's personal album, that shows him posing with quite a few celebrities and athletes.  There are also two pictures - one of him with West and him with Rubio.  In the one with West, he is posing with him and some other man.  In the other, it's a shot of him face to face, talking to Rubio, and it appears to be at a townhall meeting or something like that.  The writer of the article intimates that he's cozy with both West and Rubio, but if you watch the entire slide show, it appears to me that Warn manages to get his picture taken with any number of people simply for exposure.  He reminded me of Forest Gump - always managing to be in the picture with important people.  All the pictures were definitely posed and taken at some event.  Not one of them was in a personal setting, like someone's home.

Now, I am not saying that I know for a fact there is no connection between Warn and Allen or Rubio.  But, just posing for a picture with someone doesn't necessarily mean there is a relationship.  I have pictures of me with Allen Jackson and Vince Gill because I attended Fan Fair in Nashville some years back.  A friend of mine has a picture of herself with Rod Stewart because she managed to get back stage at one of his concerts.  Obviously, I have no personal relationship with either musician.  Sometimes a picture is just a picture.

TruthWillOut
TruthWillOut

Michael Warns has posted images of him arm-and-arm and smiling big with both Allen West and Marco Rubio, as well as other politicians.  I believe Michael endorsed West for Congress and West never disavowed it. 

Every publication has some kind of special interest or bias, some just more than others.  I believe the New Times has a lot of gay readers and that many of the victims of the Yahweh ben Yahweh serials killings were down and out gay people and drug addicts on skid row. YbY hated gays.  I think this goes a long way in explaining their interest in this story.  But for whatever reason, it is a very good thing that they have covered it.  I am not pro-gay, but just very much against unjust cult killings, no matter who the victims are.  The NT coverage has been of use to those in other states, who are interested.

If you read the book on the subject.  The City Fathers and business leaders were cooing about YbY and giving him awards, while he was being investigated for a serial murder, right up until the time that he was indicted.  This is probably why the Herald avoids the subject.  It is embarrassing to them and to some of their more prominent readers.

Stephanie Kienzle
Stephanie Kienzle

I found this article with videos from September, 2011 of a tea party rally in Fort Lauderdale.  There is a video of Michael Warn speaking, but no video of Allen West at that particular rally.  The article mentions West but not that he was in attendance at this event.  (http://912warroom.com/2011/09/...

That's all I found so far.

Stephanie Kienzle
Stephanie Kienzle

I am also a conservative.  I agree that the New Times is so much better than the Herald, and most other newspapers around the country.  They also don't seem to have any agenda or allegiance to either political party.  The goal is to root out public corruption - period.

During the last campaign, I followed West and Rubio very closely, and I don't recall seeing any stories reporting a with Michael Warn whatsoever.  I will do some googling to see if I can come up with anything, but I would be surprised to find any connection.  They both campaigned very professionally and I would imagine the vetting process was top notch.  But, you never know...

Sonsandiego
Sonsandiego

I don't recall seeing much of anything published about this in the Herald, but the New Times have published a number of articles about it.  The state of journalism is pretty pathetic in the US, unfortunately.  The New Times has done a real service to the public, I think. 

I am conservative, but I don't believe conservative politicians should associate with such people.  Would be interesting to query people like Allen West, Marco Rubio and several others about their relationship with Michael the Black Man. 

The real 900 gorilla, though, is that the Black Liberation Theology of Obama's church is derived from this tradition of black theology, though it is more sophisticated, because it was formalized by a university-trained theologian, James H. Cone.  Black Nationalism can be grafted onto any religion, like the YbY cult did with Judaism.

Stephanie Kienzle
Stephanie Kienzle

That is truly fascinating.  I will do some further research on this.  Thanks so much for bringing it up.  Thanks to Tim Elfrink for this story, too.  Great find!  I love when he scoops the Herald :-)

TruthWillOut
TruthWillOut

The Black Hebrew Israelites go back maybe as far as the Civil War.  I would say they are a Black Nationalist sect, like the Nation of Islam, the New Black Panthers and the Moorisch Science Temple and even Obama's Black Liberation Theology, though they would deny it themselves.  There are a group of sects and not just one cult.  The YbY cult is a cross between the Israelites and the Nation of Islam.  Michael Warn seems to be more-or-less the national leader of the remnants of the cult, which has branches across the US and connections to Hollywood entertainers. 

The idea is that some blacks began to identify themselves as the Israelites of the Old Testament, held in captivity by Babylon or Pharoah's Egypt (America).  It is a cult religion and they often worship their leaders as god or the messiah.  They generally have an end times scenario that America and the white race will be destroyed in the last days.  Other Black Nationalist doctrines have similar concepts about a black messiah, the destruction of America (Babylon) and the white race.  Many good academic books are available on this subject, but it is little understood by the American public, due to the taboos about critical analysis of such black religious groups and religion, in general.  The history is actually fascinating.  A book was written about the YbY murders, called BROTHER LOVE: Murder, Money, and a Messiah by Sydney Freedberg a journalist in Miami.  Michael is mentioned a couple of times in the book, though it is not easy to recognize the references to him in places. 

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