27 September, 2008

Child Porn, An Evangelical, and Me Old Hometown

Damn, it looks like I missed some interesting times:

Evangelist Tony Alamo was arrested Thursday in Flagstaff, Arizona, on charges related to a child porn investigation, an FBI spokesman said.

The 74-year-old founder and leader of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries was arrested without incident at 2:45 p.m. (4:45 p.m. ET) as he was departing the Little America Hotel with his wife, said Manuel Johnson, spokesman for the FBI in Phoenix, Arizona.

The FBI, the Flagstaff Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were involved in the arrest, he said.

Alamo was charged under a federal statute with having knowingly transported a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity, Johnson said.

What the fuck is up with evangelical megastars and their penchant for sex scandals? Is it just me, or do they seem to have more of them than ordinary famous people?

It gets worse:

Federal agents and Arkansas state police had raided the headquarters of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in tiny Fouke on Saturday and removed six girls ages 10 to 17. They sought evidence that children there had been molested or filmed having sex.

Prosecutors sought Alamo's arrest after interviewing the girls this week, but Frazier would not disclose what the children said.
Six little girls? Sounds like he had himself a stable of victims. And I'm sure the parents and the community thought it was just fine to let him collect kids, because after all, he's a minister and can totally be trusted because he's a man of God. He's got Jesus in him - he said so:

Asked why authorities were searching the property, Alamo compared himself to Christ.

"Why were they after Jesus?" he asked. "It's the same reason. Jesus is living within me."

What a fuckwit. He's even less coherent than Sarah Palin. I'm no expert on the life and times of Jesus, but as far as I recall, the authorities didn't take off after him because he was fucking and filming little kids. Maybe Tony thinks they persecuted Jesus because Jesus was living within himself. I'm pretty fucking certain Jesus isn't living within Tony, though, and I doubt that any of the law enforcement officers thought so, either. I've read extensively on the FBI, and hunting down people because they had Jesus in them never came up on the list of federal crimes the FBI investigates.

This guy is some sick piece of work. My hometown paper, the Arizona Daily Sun, took him apart:

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, describes the ministry as a cult. Alamo's church rails against homosexuals, Roman Catholics and the government, and Alamo has preached that girls are fit for marriage once they are sexually mature.

"Consent is puberty," he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press last week from Los Angeles while agents raided the compound. He denied any involvement with pornography.
Those must have been some pretty well-developed ten year olds they took off his property, then. What a sick fuck. And it's not like no one could have seen this coming:
Alamo was convicted of tax-related charges in 1994 and served four years in prison after the IRS said he owed the government $7.9 million. Prosecutors in that case argued that Alamo was a flight risk and a polygamist who preyed on married women and girls in his congregation.
Disgusting son of a bitch. At least he's too old to get out of jail, claim he's rediscovered Jesus, and start preying again.

That's something that always bothered me about Christianity: that get-out-of-jail-free card. Sin, confess, ask forgiveness, and hey presto! You're free to repeat the cycle. Even during the couple of months I was Christian, that stuck in my craw. It's too easy for con artists to take advantage of. Naive people think that because someone's found the Lord and come back to the light, they're safe, and then innocent people get hurt.

At least Tony won't be preying in my hometown.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have never been to Flag, but when I was living on the Westside of Manhattan, there was some nutjob who regularly left photocopied Tony Alamo fliers on parked cars, so I was treated to this stupidity every morning when I got my car. I usually have a high tolerence for idiocy, but I swear, I couldnt get through more than a paragraph of this idjits tracts. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Hank said...

If it wasn't for my minister, I'd never have gotten laid until I was in college!