August 12, 2007

Know Them By Their Deeds: Pastor Drags Girl Behind Van

Another tale of that Christian love you've heard so much about. This one comes out of San Antonio, TX, where a pastor and an employee of the Love Demonstrated Ministries' boot camp were arrested for aggravated assault. This "man of god," Charles E. Flowers, is accused of dragging a girl behind a van after she fell behind during a run.

Surely, such a terrible accusation must be overblown by the media (unless Flowers is not a real Christian)! Somebody better call Bill O'Reilly. Or maybe not. According to ReligionNewsBlog,
Authorities said both Flowers and Bassitt restrained the girl June 12, tying her to the back of a van with a piece of rope before dragging her on her stomach at the Love Demonstrated Ministries’ boot camp in Banquete, about 10 miles west of Corpus Christi.
The alleged victim in this terrible incident, age 15, says that this is not the first time she was assaulted at the camp. If you are as new to the whole idea of Christian boot camps as I am, it might be helpful to highlight the camp's purpose.
The camp was created to “reinstill the values that have been lost in our society for a couple of generations, values such as discipline, morality, unity and integrity.”
Not surprisingly (this is Bush country), Love Demonstrated Ministries receives money from the government. Yep, our taxes help places like this function. It also appears that the camp just might be exempt from the oversight of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Nice.

For more on this story, see Pam's House Blend.

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