January 5, 2009

Bible as Defense Against Child Abuse

Tony Alamo, from a tract left on a car windshieldImage via WikipediaCan the Christian bible be used in a court of law to justify child abuse? Believe it or not, a federal court has been asked to rule on this matter. According to the Associated Press, an attorney for evangelist Tony Alamo is claiming that the Christian bible demands corporal punishment. Now Alamo, currently jailed over alleged abuse, is being sued to challenge this claim and make it clear that religious freedom cannot be used as an excuse to abuse children.

Alamo sounds like a real winner. He is awaiting trial on allegations that he took children across state lines for sex, and his record includes a 4-year prison term for tax-related charges. Six girls between the ages of 10 and 17 were removed by state and federal authorities from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in Arkansas.

If convicted, Alamo will face even greater punishment at the hands of American Christians. He will be stripped of his status as a "real Christian." After all, real Christians do not do this sort of thing.

H/T to Pam's House Blend

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