Tony Alamo’s compound was raided in the connection with the child pornography investigation, AP reports. It’s always great to see words “Christian ministry” and “child pornography raid” in the same news announcement, isn’t it? As part of our truth ministry here at PE, we’re always on the look-out for interesting combinations of religious and secular behaviors. But the real question is: How do I spot a good cult if I see it? Fear no more, inquisitive stranger – take this story:
FOUKE, Ark. (AP) — A 15-acre church compound was quiet Sunday morning following a raid by federal and state law enforcement officers as part of a child-abuse and pornography investigation. A prosecutor said an arrest warrant was likely.
A man at the gate of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries turned away an Associated Press reporter Sunday morning. He refused to give his name and said no one was available to comment.
First sign of trouble is always the fact that the founder’s name is in the name of the organization. I know, I know, it’s very popular for the marginal Protestant groups to break into smaller and smaller organizations, but they are easy to spot whether they are large or small – the main dude always wants his name to be part of the church sign. Who is “Tony Alamo”? Continue reading