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SPLC Exposes Raided Alamo Cult’s Practices

By Mark Potok on September 21, 2008 - 12:55 pm, Posted in Anti-Catholic, Anti-LGBT

Tony AlamoA year after the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report published allegations of physical abuse, statutory rape and polygamy inside Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, authorities raided the cult’s headquarters in Fouke, Ark. Some 100 state and federal agents entered the compound Saturday night, apparently searching for evidence of child abuse and child pornography.

The Report‘s investigation details the sordid history of Alamo, who was released from federal prison in 1998 after completing a sentence for tax evasion. Alamo had also been charged with felony child abuse in 1989, but that charge was finally dropped in 1995. However, the family of the 11-year-old boy who allegedly was subjected to 140 blows on Alamo’s orders for minor academic infractions filed suit and won a $1.4 million judgment.

As detailed in the Fall 2007 issue of the Report, Alamo in recent years has argued that girls should marry once they start menstruating, even if they are as young as 10. In a 2006 radio broadcast, he said: “God impregnated Mary when she was about 11 years old. So the government idiots, the people that don’t know the Bible, what you’re going to have to do is get a hold of God now, you’re going to have to get up there and cuff him and send him to prison for statutory rape.”

In early 2007, Alamo cited the alleged promiscuity of 1st-graders as grounds for marrying them before the age of legal consent. “I’ve found out from people’s parents that their daughter started having sex when she was 6 years old and had sex every day of her life,” he said in another broadcast. “So right there, by the time she’s 15 years old, she’s had sex thousands of times. I mean, this is just reality.”

The Report‘s story also explores the Alamo cult’s strange background and its leader’s raging hatred for Catholics and homosexuals. Alamo has blamed Catholics for “every filthy thing,” including communism, Nazism, the two world wars, the Jonestown massacre, drugs, prostitution and pornography. He has also attacked his many detractors in Fouke, saying that God would “destroy” what he characterized as his “Vaticanite” critics.

  • Dyann PACA West

    Come and hear first hand testimonies of those who have escaped and survived this Viral Cult at Fouke AR.

    Thank you again SPLC and Mark Potok, for your follow up and testimonies.

  • Three “K” Subhuman

    Now that the pervert is in federal prison where he belongs. Its just one pervert taken off the streets but more to go. The law will nab these White Extremists who engage in such perversities. Nobody can escape the strong arm of the law.

  • Sage

    Mary was not violated physically by God,that’s not in the sickos Just another religious nut using God as an excuse whom he doesn’t know orrrr he whould never violate a “little one” as the Bible does say that” it would be better for him to tie a millstone around his neck and cast himself into depths of the sea” than to do it. Sickos for God.God save us from your so called followers! Shalom in the Savior, Sage.

  • Wolf Trax 88-Hunter

    The hypocritical pervert was arrested in Flagstaff, AZ. Right here in my homestate and it made me sick as to what his intention were while in AZ. But Thank God, the FBI nabbed him in a Hotel without incident before any more innocent children were harmed. We are seeing more Pedophiles shrouding themselves with Religion like its some kind of a trait affecting these sorts of scum. There should be a new law enacted to ensure Pedophiles don’t use Religion as a sole means of practicing sanctuary rape or preforming underage marriages et al. I am sure there may be other “White” type of Psuedo-Christian Ministries harbouring evil by impostering behind Religion in our Nation. They must be destroyed.

  • italian stallion

    this guy is a straight scum bag. I have a 9 year old daughter. Just try touching her. That would be the last thing this scum would ever do…And I am a Catholic as well….

  • kittybrat

    These cults are so sad. Glad this was raided.
    There are “homes” of this sort all over our country and also south of the US border.
    Any place where folks are taught to hate others needs to be shut down.
    Here is the website for survivors of a “home” where I was once incarcerated. Maybe this can help others.

  • Ms. September

    I lived near Fouke. I’ve talked with people from the cult. They sometimes work outside the compound but turn over their paychecks to Alamo.(Ah-lah-mo)
    I’ve seen the armed guards leading school age children from building to building.
    Last year, the cult took out whole page ads in the Texarkana Gazette, sometimes more than one a week. and (if my memory serves me right) Tony claimed on his radio show to have caused holy vengeance on Fouke City Council members who fell ill.
    Am I correct in assuming the newspaper did not have to sell those ads and may be just greedy enough to circulate that mad man’s ideas?
    Freedom of speech… eh – some have more money and more freedom. Alamo’s church website is particularly disturbing and his printed publication until recently still included the works of his 20-years dead wife with her photo.
    Texas officials could probably get in on that investigation. I have had a feeling for a while he might be living on the Texas-side of town, away from the compound, with his alleged underaged wives.

  • Mr. GENO”88″(cyde)

    Also I forget to add in referrence to “Shamus” comments.
    Say, if that was indeed, your last comment posted on here, then Thank God Almighty. I hope you live up to your word on that one…..

  • Mr. GENO”88″(cyde)

    Seriously, I don’t know why its so imperative for someone to gloat about how intelligently educated they are, seems quite irrelevant. Only to waste time in ridicule and admonishing others doesn’t sound anything remotely intelligent. So to speak–

    “As for this particular cult. I can’t think of an organization that’s more destructive offhand than the SPLC. So I`ll just leave it at that.”

    Its either of the following–
    1.) You never done any research “offhand” to analyze what a “destructive organization” is. So your theory is basically timid.
    2.) You’re a White Supremacists who usually post on here for the sole purpose of bashing SPLC, rather than cite referrences to actual truths. So therefore, your lame arguement is flawed and pointless.

    So much for your lack of intelligence. So I will leave it at that.

  • the Great Southern Trendkill

    Shamus thanks for acting like you’re on top of the world and narcissistically believes he’s better than everyone else by going on to play teacher. Sorry to disappoint you if you claimed to be so smart, yet garner no understanding of the sense of logical reasoning. Instead you go on to rebuke everyone who simply do not accept the idea of this Alamo fellow. As if you think the sinister practices by this cult is acceptable. That tells me you also share the evils of which this man has done and whatever he’s accused of doing. So, even if you can’t read what I wrote in here because you think my comments are “unreadable”, then you really aren’t that bright to begin with. I dash out what I write and sometimes that leads to typos. But to post on here just to play teacher and deride others because they’re speaking out their own opinions is quite asisine in its own puny way.
    Excuse your lack of judgements but I stand firm by my comments and I really do think this Alamo dude is sick and twisted. Regardless of what you think.


  • Shamus

    Just a note:

    The three comments posted so far to this entry are by three of the most inane individuals on the internet.

    Aslan, communism failed, bubbelah, get over it. You’re disgusting. What, you want commies to kill ANOTHER 100 million people? Do you sit all day salivating over a picture of Bob Avakian?

    Great Southern, you’re writing is turgid and unreadable.

    Mr. Geno ‘*88″ – Very original. I think there are several posters here with various variations on that paticular theme. Also, sentence structure helps.

    As for this paticular cult, I can’t think of a more destructive organization offhand than the SPLC, so I’ll just leave it at that.

    (Actually I can, but you guys are so fun to pick on, and you deserve it with every syllable of hatred flung your way.)

    BTW, why is it that Messeurs Beirich, Potok, and Dees so hate their country?

    Now, this will be my last comment, because there are few things more patheetic than posting to the blog of the country’s premier hasbeen “Civil Rights” organization.


  • Hp

    Thank God the Feds stepped in to stop that Jewish-convert-to-Christianity, Tony Alamo.

  • Mr. GENO”88″(cyde)

    Joining the cults in which many White folks are known for, is synonymous to joining a street gang. Minus the drive-bys, drug dealing(well maybe it depends if they need to generate funds to keep their cults functional). They harbor all the elements involving criminal syndicalism, including Child Pornography/Exploitation, Sex Slave Trade, Prostitution among others, just to name a few.

  • Aslan Maskhadov

    I recommend Islam. Muslims get all the ladies, even after they die.

  • the Great Southern Trendkill

    Definately a sick and twisted man bent on pursueing another cult similair to that of Robert Rodriquez`s was raised in before killing himself. That cult was aired on A&E, Court TV, and other cable channels as a documentary. Or worse yet, Alamo can be comparable to the leader of Heaven`s Gate who led his followers into committing mass suicide by drinking poison. Many times cults like these ends in death of its followers, because some weak minded individuals are really that crazy to seeking God.
    Why can’t they join the mainstream Churches instead od cults?