Monday, November 16, 2009

And You Call Yourself a Christian? Really?

Did you hear the one about the US preacher in Arkansas sentenced to 175 years in prison for abusing young girls?

If there's a poster child for this blog--a person who shames the name of Christianity, he would definitely make the cut (you can see his photo below if you want to make him a poster child)

His name is Bernie Hoffman (AKA Tony Alamo) and he was accused last week of marrying several women when they were minors (amongst other things). In his defense he said that he was, "just another one of the prophets that went to jail for the Gospel." Because, you know, the Bible says go forth and have sex with little girls.

If all he was doing was having sex with little girls, I guess you'd just call him normal (at least for a cult leader--if you are the leader of a cult, it's sort of expected that you do perverted things...I'm pretty sure that's why people become cult leaders)

But Alamo was a bit weirder...When his wife died in 1982, Alamo claimed that she was going to be resurrected, so he kept her body around: for sixteen years! What's more, he actually left it on display for everyone in church to see for six months! Note to reader: if your pastor has his dead wife on display this Sunday because he claims she will come back from the dead, YOU ARE IN A CULT!

Alamo's lawyers wanted the judge to have sympathy and let him off the hook because he was old (in his 70s) and sick (he has diabetes...a life threatening condition that can be aggravated if ganged raped in a prison shower).

I'm really getting tired of people who don't think they should be held accountable for what they did simply because they are old.

Fortunately, the judge did not pity Alamo. So Tony Alamo, if polygamy is what you desire, then I hope gay marriage is allowed in whatever state you end up going to prison, because it looks like that's where you'll be staying for the rest of your life. 


  1. What I find strange about this story is how the mainstream media labeled him as an "evangelical," while everyone else called him exactly what he was, a cult leader. Correct me if I'm wrong, though.

  2. I don't find it strange, because it really depends on your definition of the word cult. He had all the signs of a cult leader, yes, but the Christianity that they praticed was more along the lines of extreme fundamentalism. I would call it a cult just because of the leader, but I can see why media would not--plus it's more sensational to make it seem like this is just your everyday church.

  3. You can live inside a McDonalds but it doesn't make you a hamburger...For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.

  4. Great way of putting it, Reconciled1!