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A man patrols in front of the Tony Alamo Christian Church in Fouke, Ark., early Sunday, Sept.
21, 2008.

Evangelical Compound Raided After Child Pornography Investigation

September 22, 2008 01:58 PM
by Emily Coakley
Tony Alamo, whose Arkansas compound was raided over the weekend, has had several incidents with law enforcement officers, who he claims are acting for the pope.

Children in Temporary State Care

A federal child pornography investigation led to a raid of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, a 15-acre site in southwest Arkansas. Children were interviewed, and six were taken into temporary state custody, reports KGAN CBS 2 News. No one was arrested, though a warrant may be issued for Alamo.

“We don’t go into pornography; nobody in the church is into that. 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,” Alamo told the Associated Press. He also told the AP that the age of consent is “puberty.”

Alamo, who had been previously accused, but not convicted of child abuse, spent time in jail after a 1994 conviction on “tax-related charges,” AP reports.

Background: UFOs and resurrection

Elisha Franckiewicz, 37, who said she grew up in Alamo’s compound, told The Oregonian stories about life there. After Alamo’s wife Susan died in 1982, she and the other children prayed next to the body. As time passed, they were beaten every day that went by without Susan’s resurrection. 

Alamo had told the world his wife would rise from the dead, something local radio stations mocked.

“They were playing, ‘Wake Up, Little Susie,’ over and over again,” Franckiewicz told the newspaper.

Frank Lockwood of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said Alamo believes “flying saucers from the Lord do exist.” He also makes predictions about the apocalypse and supports polygamy.

According to Alamo, the Vatican is behind efforts to discredit and persecute him. He also believes Catholicism is responsible for John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln’s assassinations, as well as Jim Jones’s death. Jones and his followers committed suicide on a compound in South America, Lockwood reported. 

Alamo’s Web site has testimonials from members and accounts of how the U.S. Department of Justice paid off witnesses and how a district attorney hid exculpatory evidence.

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