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    Default Christian cult in Arkansas compound raided. Child porn and abuse investigated.

    I have a feeling there are a lot more "compounds" like this around the US.

    Arkansas compound raided in child porn case

    By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press Writer 44 minutes ago

    FOUKE, Ark. - Federal authorities conducting a child-porn investigation raided the headquarters Saturday of a ministry run by a convicted tax evader once labeled by prosecutors as a polygamist who preys on girls and women.

    Social workers interviewed children who live at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries complex, which critics call a cult, to find out whether they were abused. The two-year investigation involves a law that prohibits the transportation of children across state lines for criminal activity, said Tom Browne, who runs the FBI office in Little Rock.

    "Children living at the facility may have been sexually and physically abused," Browne said.

    The raid, conducted by state and federal authorities, started an hour before sunset at the complex in tiny Fouke, in southwestern Arkansas. Armed guards regularly patrol the headquarters, but there was no resistance as agents moved in, state police said.

    No one was arrested, but U.S. Attorney Bob Balfe said before the raid that he expected an arrest warrant for Alamo to be issued later. The federal investigation centered on the production of child pornography, while state police were looking into allegations of other child abuse, he said.

    In a phone call to The Associated Press from a friend's house in the Los Angeles area, Tony Alamo — who was also once accused of child abuse — denied involvement in pornography.

    "We don't go into pornography; nobody in the church is into that," said Alamo, 73. "Where do these allegations stem from? The anti-Christ government. The Catholics don't like me because I have cut their congregation in half. They hate true Christianity."

    About 100 state and federal law officers raided the 15-acre compound housing the ministry, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a cult that opposes homosexuality, Catholicism and the government. The law center monitors the activities of extremist groups in the U.S.

    The ministry's Web site says it is "dedicated to spreading the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the winning of souls worldwide."

    John Selig, head of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, said state workers were talking to children.

    A passenger van with about 12 people inside left the compound heading for Texarkana with a police escort shortly after 8 p.m. It appeared some of those inside were children, but Selig said he didn't know whether any children would be taken into state custody.

    Police said the Alamo church complex would be allowed to open for Sunday services, although officers did not indicate when the search would end.

    Alamo's church is in a single-story building that used to be a convenience store. A white cross stands atop the structure, with a small steeple to the right side.

    Alamo and his wife Susan were street preachers along Hollywood's Sunset Strip in 1966 before forming a commune near Saugus, Calif. Susan Alamo died of cancer in 1982 and Alamo claimed she would be resurrected and kept her body on display for six months while their followers prayed.

    In 1988, following a raid near Santa Ana, Calif., three boys whose mothers were Alamo followers were placed in the custody of their fathers. Justin Miller, then 11, told police that Alamo directed four men to strike him 140 times with a wooden paddle as punishment for minor offenses. Alamo was later charged with child abuse but prosecutors dropped the charge, citing a lack of evidence.

    Alamo was convicted of tax-related charges in 1994 after the IRS said he owed the government $7.9 million. He served four years in prison.

    Prosecutors in the tax case argued prior to sentencing that Alamo was a flight risk and a polygamist who preyed on married women and girls in his congregation.

    Alamo told the AP that he believed Saturday's raid was part of a push by the federal government to make same-sex marriage legal while outlawing polygamy.

    Alamo said he thought polygamy was allowed in the Bible but said he did not practice it himself. He also said that "consent is puberty" when it comes to sex.

    There had been complaints about the ministry since Alamo arrived in Fouke in the late 1990s, said Terry Purvis, mayor of the town of about 850 residents. He has gotten calls from former ministry members with allegations of child abuse, polygamy and underage marriage, he said.

    Purvis said he turned over all the complaints to the FBI.

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    Associated Press writer Thomas Watkins in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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    Hallelujah.

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    Oh god... shit like that makes me feel so fucking hopeless. So fucking hopeless and helpless... it pisses me off. People like that... fuck it. I hope the bastard gets a taste of his own medicine in prison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix13 View Post
    I hope the bastard gets a taste of his own medicine in prison.
    I think he might enjoy that though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix13 View Post
    I hope the bastard gets a taste of his own medicine in prison.
    Indignant advocacy of prison rape is both morally bankrupt and trite.

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    It'll just be repeat of "Yearning for Zion". Kids go back and it's bussines as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V Profane View Post
    Indignant advocacy of prison rape is both morally bankrupt and trite.
    I don't think the Eye For An Eye philosophy is morally wrong at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V Profane View Post
    Indignant advocacy of prison rape is both morally bankrupt and trite.
    He raped children... I don't feel like arguing about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    I don't think the Eye For An Eye philosophy is morally wrong at all.
    The canned response to the 'eye for an eye' argument: 'everyone ends up blind', is unusually sensible. It's a reflexive visceral reaction to wish revenge on the perpetrators of such revolting crimes, but revenge is hollow and destructive.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix13 View Post
    He raped children... I don't feel like arguing about this.
    After I read the story of Stephen Donaldson it became something I wouldn't wish on my proverbial worst enemy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V Profane View Post
    The canned response to the 'eye for an eye' argument: 'everyone ends up blind', is unusually sensible. It's a reflexive visceral reaction to wish revenge on the perpetrators of such revolting crimes, but revenge is hollow and destructive.
    It also gives a reason for people not to perpetrate in the first place.

    That's the whole point; make people face harsh consequences for harsh actions, and less people will commit the action.

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