A cult guide who "believes in nudism, polygamy and refraining from bathing" was among 21 people arrested in Hawaii this week for breaking quarantine orders when they were found on a turtle-playing beach.
Eligio Lee Bishop, the 38-year-old leader of the "Carbon Nation" cult, known as "Nature Boy" and calling himself "God", was arrested for failing to respond to the emergency instructions on arrival on the 14th day The big island had been quarantined.
The cult was driven out of Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in December after it was classified as a "threat to national security".
Police confirmed that they had detained 21 people in Puna – the largest group ever arrested for violating Governor David Ige's rules to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Nine were arrested in Fern Forest on Wednesday, and the other twelve, including Bishop, were arrested in Hawaiian Paradise Park on Thursday, according to county police officer Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins.
Cult leader Eligio Lee Bishop (center with cult members), known as the "Nature Boy" who describes himself as "God" and "believes in nudism, polygamy and refraining from bathing", was among 21 people participating in this week Hawaii was arrested for breaking quarantine orders when found on a beach and playing with turtles
FROM DEFECTION ON TREES TO VEGANISM AND DELIVERY OF YOUR CREDIT CARDS: WITHIN THE CARBON NATION CULT
Eligio Lee Bishop, a former model, stripper, sex worker and hairdresser from New York, founded the cult in Honduras in 2016.
It was originally founded under the name Melanation and later changed to Carbon Nation.
The bishop then moved to Costa Rica, but was reportedly kicked out in 2017 due to migration problems.
The cult believes in nudism, polygamy, refraining from bathing, veganism, bowel movements on trees and reportedly does not allow some women to leave their homes.
Cult leader Bishop, known as "God" or "nature boy", requires all members to hand over all their money, credit cards, bank accounts, and PIN numbers to focus on worship.
In 2017, the cult was scrutinized when a woman from Newfoundland, Kayla Reid, joined the cult, which raised concerns about her safety and prompted Bishop to confirm that the media was "doing well".
The group was expelled from Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in December 2019 after being classified as a "threat to national security", but was initially banned from flying to the United States due to its body odor.
Carbon Nation's YouTube channel has nearly 85,000 subscribers and offers music videos and self-help videos from & # 39; Nature Boy & # 39 ;.
Twenty of the group, all from abroad, were booked for violating the 14-day visitor quarantine, while the other person, 42-year-old Tylea Fuhrmann, was arrested for violating a vacation apartment emergency order after joining the group her had housed property.
The cult members arrived on the island on June 7 and 8 and were arrested after the locals reported that they played turtles on a beach.
"I understand that most of them flew in on June 7th or 8th. I don't have 100 percent confirmation for everyone," said Amon-Wilkins.
"We do not have all the documents of the responsible authorities to … document arriving passengers on the mainland. We are working on that. & # 39;
Amon-Wilkins added that all detainees worked with law enforcement agencies.
"Of the 20 people we arrested for quarantine violations from outside the state, each was 100% compliant, 100% understanding … did not resist the ounce of the police and thanked us for doing things this way like we did. & # 39; Amon-Wilkins said.
None of the 21 have been charged so far.
Bishop, who referred to himself as "The Messiah Demigod" and "Master Chief" on his Facebook account, confirmed that the other inmates were members of the cult.
You have already arrested eight of us. They'll hold on to the rest of us, ”Bishop said on social media, Hawaii News Now reported.
& # 39; We broke the law. That's what happens. You must be quarantined for 14 days. It is what it is. We broke the law. They do their job. & # 39;
Angela Keen, administrator of the local Hawaii Kapu Quarantine Breakers group, said the group was risking an outbreak of the deadly virus on the island.
Hawaii has 692 confirmed cases and a death toll of 17 on Friday.
"People go wild when they arrive, they leave their hotel room. You are traveling and interacting with people. It's an infection we don't want here, ”said Keen.
Eligio Lee Bishop, the 38-year-old leader of the & # 39; Carbon Nation & # 39; cult, was arrested for violating emergency quarantine orders for 14 days when he arrived in the Big Island this week
“Many of them have a criminal record and commit serious crimes. They're not respectful people, ”added Hawaii's Carbon Nation visitors.
The cult has been driven out of several Central American countries for allegations that range from endangering people's well-being to sex crimes.
In December, Bishop and 17 cult members were pushed back to the United States by the Panama Migration Office after being classified as a national security threat.
However, the group was banned from boarding a flight for the first time because the cult doesn't believe in bathing, The Costa Rica Star reported at the time.
Hawaii has 692 confirmed coronavirus cases and a death toll of 17 on Friday
This is the largest group detained for violating Governor David Ige's (pictured) virus rules
The cult launched by Bishop in 2016 has in recent years drawn attention to claims that some female followers are not allowed to leave the house, believe in nudism and polygamy, and hand over all their money and credit cards to all members, Bank accounts and PIN numbers to focus on worship.
It also promotes a vegan diet that throws up at the base of trees, and calls Bishop, a former model, stripper, sex worker, and hairdresser, "God."
In 2017, the cult was scrutinized when a woman from Newfoundland, Kayla Reid, joined the group and raised fears about her safety.
Bishop told CBC News at the time that the woman could go whenever she wanted.
"I made it clear that there is nothing wrong with Kayla, there is nothing wrong with Kayla. Kayla is fine, ”he said.
Members of the Carbon Nation, including Bishop (above), were expelled from Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in December after being classified as a "threat to national security".
Bishop with one of his followers. Bishop describes himself as "The Messiah Demigod" and "Master Chief" and leads the cult that believes in nudism, polygamy, bowel movements at the base of trees and requires all members to hand over all their money and credit cards
Carbon Nation's YouTube channel with nearly 85,000 subscribers, music videos and self-help videos from & # 39; Nature Boy & # 39 ;.
Titles include: "The Purpose of Life: Honor God's Creation", "Body Technologies with Master Teacher Natureboy", "Storytime with the Messiah: Overcoming My Pride" and "Polygamy is the Gate to the Divine Feminine".
Before founding Carbon Nation, Bishop had put together an extensive rap record, including an arrest for violent entry into Georgia in 2009 and theft and heavy battery in 2011.
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