Eligio Bishop trial offers inside look at alleged sex cult Carbon Nation

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ATLANTA (Court TV) — Accused polygamist cult leader Eligio Bishop and his followers used social media to promote their holistic lifestyle and teachings. When clicks were low, they got creative, Bishop and his followers said.

Some video posts and livestreams showed group members in lush, tropical landscapes dressed in colorful wraps and elaborate headwear dancing and singing about the joys of life outside of “Babylon,” their term for mainstream society.

Other content showed Bishop – who goes by the name Natureboy – in conversation with his so-called “wives” and male followers on central themes of Bishop’s homespun theology: open relationships, nature worship, the end times, resistance to white supremacy, to name a few.

Another subset of videos became a focal point of Bishop’s rape trial in Dekalb County, Georgia. Prosecutors played three clips that Bishop shared online of him engaging in sexual acts with two women. Bishop freely admitted to recording and posting the videos after he was arrested in April 2022. He told a detective the women consented to him filming and sharing the videos online.

“We’re doing sex education for black people to show what we’ve learned,” Bishop said in his interview. “We posted them together. We had sex, I didn’t have to rape her. This is what we do.”

Both women testified in Bishop’s trial and told a different story. Court TV is not naming the women due to a court order even though they have spoken out publicly using their names in the past. The women said Bishop preyed on their desire for spiritual enlightenment and forced them into sexual submission with threats of violence, social ostracization and expulsion. Eventually, the threats turned into physical violence, both women testified, sometimes at Bishop’s hand, sometimes from others acting under his direction.

Content retrieved from: https://www.courttv.com/news/eligio-bishop-trial-offers-inside-look-at-alleged-sex-cult-carbon-nation/.

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