Lightning strikes twice

A little-known Christian cult called Eastern Lightning, which also is known as the Church of Almighty God, has had 18 of its members arrested in China. The cult was founded in 1990 by Zhao Weishan, who has identified his wife, Yang Xiangbin, as the reincarnated Jesus.

According to Chinese sources the cult is “evil”, Yang is schizophrenic, and the cult has been responsible for a variety of crimes including murder and riots: in 1998 it is alleged that “the cult incited a total [of] eight riots over 12 days in Hetang county, Henan Province. Mobs reportedly broke the arms and legs of victims, and even cut off the top lobes of their ears.”