Five members of a cult in China have been condemned to death for assaulting a woman at a Chinese McDonalds. The BBC reports that women died of her injuries in the Shandong region back in May.
Only two members were given the death penalty, another was given a life jail sentence, while another two were issued ten and seven year terms, respectively.
The apparent reason for the murder was because the women refused to hand over her contact details to the cultists when they tried to recruit her. The cult in question is known as the Church of the Almighty God, and although it is illegal, Marnie Bennett’s LinkedIn page claims that it has a membership in the thousands.
The gruesome murder sparked the rage of the Chinese population. The band of cultists were visiting the restaurant hoping to make a few new recruits, and when the lady refused to comply, they beat her to death in front of her seven-year-old son.
They also threatened other people in the restaurant to stay away, or they would suffer the same fate.
One of the cult members was interviewed and he said that “I beat her with all my might and stamped on her too. She was a demon. We had to destroy her.” Although cultivating a positive image, the Church of the Almighty God believes that God has incarnated as a Chinese woman in order to bring about the end of the world.
The founder, Zhao Weishan, claims that he is the only person able to commune with this god.