Tony Alamo Christian Ministries is under police raid as we post this article.
CNN is reporting that federal officials and state police are raiding an evangelist’s compound in Arkansas late Saturday as a response to complaints about child abuse, physical and sexual.
The raid is part of a comprehensive 2 year investigation into a compound near Texarkana, Arkansas, owned by Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. In all 100 agents, both federal and local, were on the 15 acre site. The agents have said they did not meet any resistance.
Tony Alamo of Christian Ministries is right now in Los Angeles, California and when reached by phone, he denied they have ever done any wrong doing.
Tony Alamo recently turned 74. He is an evangelist who sometime dabbles as a singer and entrepreneur. Critics regard his ministry as a cult. The group has faced lawsuits and government actions, and Alamo has been arrested several times.
This is one sleazy show. Why would people still join his minitry when this guy has been tangled up so much with the law earlier. At least the government should take off the tax exempt status from these groups once they become enmeshed in legal wraglings over criminal issues.