Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Anti-gay church raided in child porn case

My comments follow this brief article.

Anti-gay church raided in child porn case
By The Associated Press

(Fouke, Arkansas) Six minors have been temporarily placed in state custody as part of a child porn investigation after a raid on a ministry run by a man who says “consent is puberty” when it comes to sex, officials said Sunday.

The children will be in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services as investigators interview them, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said in a statement.

Sadler didn’t say how long the interviews would last, but did say that courts would decide the children’s status in the event of any “long-term separation” from the property of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in rural Fouke.

He did not say how old the children were, but an email that authorities inadvertently sent to media members last week referred to 12-, 13- and 14-year-old girls.

The move comes after a raid Saturday by more than 100 federal and state authorities.

Investigators said their two-year probe into allegations of child pornography and abuse focused on convicted tax evader Tony Alamo and his ministry, described by its critics as a cult.

Alamo claimed in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Saturday that the investigation was part of a federal push to legalize same-sex marriage while outlawing polygamy.

He also said for girls having sex, “consent is puberty.”

News of the raid brought Anthony Justin Lane, 34, into Fouke from his job roofing in nearby Texarkana, hoping for some word about his family.

Lane said he has been trying for 10 years to reunite with his children, who belong to Alamo’s ministry. Lane said he saw a 13-year-old girl marry a man of about 40 just before he was kicked out of the church for asking too many questions.

Lane hired a lawyer and said that he is trying to subpoena his wife, but that it remains difficult as she moves among Alamo’s churches in Arkansas and California.

Lane said he last saw his oldest daughter, Ashley, who would now be 13, in 2005. She offered him a pamphlet as he sat in his car reading a newspaper outside Alamo’s church in Fort Smith in 2005. When Lane told her he was her father, he said, she ran off.

He has received only a few photos since then of Ashley, daughter Sarah, 11, and son Timothy, 9, from a relative. His longtime girlfriend was pregnant with Timothy when he said he was expelled from the church for questioning their practices.

“I see pictures of those kids and I feel robbed - robbed of being a father,” Lane told reporters.
“I keep laying it in the Lord’s hands and hoping he’ll have mercy on my children and protect them,” he said.

Authorities’ search of the Fouke complex ended after midnight Saturday, and Sadler said officials had no plans to search the buildings again. Authorities have not indicated any plans to search other ministry locations.

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How in the world does somebody get busted on child porn and child abuse charges and then turn around and claim his arrest and "investigation was part of a federal push to legalize same-sex marriage while outlawing polygamy". I mean, WTF?

What does child porn and sex with minors have to do with legalizing same sex marriage or polygamy??? Absolutely nothing. They are completely unrelated.

Tony Alamo and his 'ministries' may feel that "consent is puberty", but that's not what the law of the land says.

It disgusts me how this child predator hides behind his religious 'ministry' and attempts to cloud his charges by injecting unrelated 'hot button' topics like same sex marriage.

How sad for the father kicked out of the cult for asking questions. His children have been kidnapped by their mother and that child predator Alamo. I hope Alamo gets locked up for the rest of his life.

Crush du Jour: John King

7 comments:

David Dust said...

And these are the same idiots who consider homosexuality "disgusting".

Talk about disgusting...

Thanks for posting this - it is the first I've heard of it.

TankMontreal said...

I hope your readers don't mentally link today's Crush du jour with the child-porn article, as I did initially. "My what a handsome pedophile" went through my head when I first opened up your blog!

mistress maddie said...

It doesn't make any sense. But,what did we expect from a complete idiot!!

Victor said...

Unfortunately there are still many people who equate homosexuality with paedophilia.

Gallus said...

Seems the churchies need to be stripped of rights and made to feel like second class citizens.

Java said...

I agree. Taking this guy out of circulation in the free world is a necessary community service. What a sicko.

I read somewhere recently that gay marriage (or gay rights in general) is the new abortion. It used to be that all the ills of society were God's wrath against this country because of the sin of abortion. Now, well, you know. Did you hear that the bank collapse and the oncoming economic disaster is all due to the gay? It's true! I read it on teh internet!

RAD said...

good post as usual....Big sigh! Frustrating when you hear of yahoos like these folk....