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Ready for Armageddon, Church Retails to The Masses

CORWIN SPRINGS, Mont. (AP) - Inside a hillside on its Montana
ranch, the Church Universal and Triumphant still has a bomb shelter
stocked for 750 people in case of nuclear war.

Church leader Elizabeth Clare Prophet has been silenced by Alzheimer's disease, and her remaining followers say they've given
up the assault rifles and armored vehicles they amassed in the 1980s.

In recent years, the church has evolved into a New Age university and publishing enterprise.

But still in the background is the bomb shelter where thousands of church members gathered to await the end in March 1990. In a new
book called "Prophet's Daughter," Erin Prophet says her mother had predicted Soviet missiles were on the way. Church leaders today
insist the incident was a drill.

Observers estimate that fewer than 10,000 church members remain,
from a peak of 50,000.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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