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Have any of you received the Alamo Christian Ministries World Newsletter? I found one waiting under my windshield wiper on my car recently. I was shocked at the undercurrents of anti-Catholicness, then under curiosity I checked out the web page and it was full of blatant lies about the Pope, the Holy Mother and everything we Catholics hold dear.
I am concerned about people reading this tripe and turning away from the Church or believing the lies! Any thoughts?
Amma
 
Tony Alamo is on the same level of kookiness as Jack Chick. He has run into a mire of legal problems stemming from misuse of his tax-exempt status. His theology, if you get through it without a headache, is anti-establishment religion. Since the Catholic Church is the largest established religion, it is his biggest target. I got one of his “newspapers” in my windshield after a trip to the mall. I couldn’t make heads nor tails of it. There was no organization or systematic flow of his arguments. It seems as if he were hell-bent (note the satire here) on quoting every single verse in the bible to support his erratic pontificating. I recommend you use it to line the bottom of your bird cage or garbage can, it also makes good kindling for campfires.
 
Amma:
Trust in God to protect His sheep, and use any opportunity that God gives you to play a role in that protection. If you feel called to confront this problem in a more direct way, then you should do so, but always have faith that God can use the Alamos of the world for the greater good in the end. It wouldn’t surprise me if the contrast between his nonsense and the true faith had served to make the faith even more clear for many people.
 
I first read about Alamo in “Catholicism and Fundamentalism”. Its scary and amazing that people actually believe that stuff. I’ve never received a newsletter, but I did visit their website after learning about them. On one hand, it is so outrageous that is funny, and I am sure many do not believe them. But, for the ones that do believe that stuff, it is quite sad and dangerous.
 
As Karl Keating pointed out in his book Catholicism and Fundamentalism, the chief danger from crackpots like Tony Alamo and Jack Chick is not that anyone will be swayed by anything they say. Their paranoid, uninformed ramblings are so far out in left field that only the, well, paranoid and uninformed, will give them any serious credence. Their main danger is that, compared to these kooks, other, less sensational, anti-Catholics like John MacArthur and Tim Lahaye will look reasonable by comparison.
 
Next time you see a Alamo or Chick or SDA, etc. tract on your windshield remember what Jesus says::yup:

Mt 7:15-23 “15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So by their fruits you will know them. 21 "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’”
 
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amma:
Have any of you received the Alamo Christian Ministries World Newsletter? I found one waiting under my windshield wiper on my car recently. I was shocked at the undercurrents of anti-Catholicness, then under curiosity I checked out the web page and it was full of blatant lies
snipAmma
This is actually the rule not the exception. But it is profitable.
 
good quote my friend, i dont pay attention to what alamo or what jack chick has to say, these people are a bunch of jokes.
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Malachi4U:
Next time you see a Alamo or Chick or SDA, etc. tract on your windshield remember what Jesus says::yup:

Mt 7:15-23 “15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So by their fruits you will know them. 21 "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’”
 
I got this newsletter on my car and one of the articles in it caught my eye. I could not read the whole BS but I will quote some of the stuff they are saying with such venom:

They put a conversation with JOhn G Peeler who states that he has hired by the US government to go undercover to uncover the leaders of the KKK. He keeps going saying things about the Vatican an the Pope blaming Pearl Harbor on the Pope:
The bombing of Pearl Harbor made the people of America angry enough to go to war against Japan. FDR, who was a pupper of the Pope and Pope’s man in the White HOuse, knew they needed Pearl Harbor to happen, causing the American people to fight Japan during WWII… This (dropping of the A-bomb) FDR atrocity was commanded by the Pope. The command was given to FDR by Cardianl Spellman, a homosexual, who was the Pope’s man in the White House at the time.
He keeps talking about how this Tony Alamo is on the government’s hit list since 1988 because he says it like it really is. He than starts talking about Waco and how the Pope ordered it.
If the media and press are not Satan’s mouth, why do they cover up all the millions of things that the Vatican’s government, which has infiltrated the American government, is doing? Catholic controlled news media, the propagandists, still continue to Call David Koresh a murderer, when in fact, the Pope’s goons are the murderers. They still continue to say he murdered those three federal government agents and others, when in fact, they murdered them, and they still continue to say he was a cult leader, when in fact, the Pope is not only the cult leader, but is the one who has ordered the many atrocities that we see in the world today.
He continues to blame the war between Arabs and Jews on the Pope. This is such junk… I need to just throw it away but how does a person get away with saying such hateful things and people listen to him.
 
He continues to blame the war between Arabs and Jews on the Pope. This is such junk… I need to just throw it away but how does a person get away with saying such hateful things and people listen to him.
Well, it’s a free country.

I don’t think anyone with a fully functioning brain actually pays much attention to this type of stuff.

BTW there was a short thread here about Tony Alamo about a month ago.
 
I looked at the other thread. I will just throw the whole heap into the trash and forget about this man. He does need my prayers. Such hatred is rarely seen.
 
When the Georgia Ridge got raided Benji Wright and his family went back home to Oklahoma City. That’s where he ran into his old friend Tommy who is my brother in law. My sister and brother in law was on dope and having hard times and needed something to grab hold of in hope of living a better life. Tommy was
working with Benji and one day came to work after being up all night. Don Edmondson had picked up Tommy that morning and prayed with Tommy. Tommy got saved that day but what followed was not expected. Benji Wright was the crew leader and Don and Tommy’s boss apparently Benji was Don’s Older Christian and
this automatically made him also Tommy’s. My sister was next and Benji’s wife was her Older christian along with Don’s wife. They started coming to my house and talking to my wife Lesia within a couple weeks . I didnt think anything of it,but did find it odd Lesia keep asking me to read these tracks. Every time I
picked one up all I was reading was how this Tony Alamo was great great great. One day I came home from work to find Lesia and the baby ( Ashley Picture of her included in attachment) was not home. After calling around I found her and spoke
with her over the phone. This is when she informed me she had been saved and was not coming home.( From the little I know about the word of God, I know getting Saved and taking your child and abandoning your husband shouldn’t happen on the
same day) I drove over to see her in person and found out she was not leaving me but couldn’t come home right now becouse they told her there’s no way she could not serve the lord and live at home with me they kept asking me to pray the sinners prayer. I did with sincere heart then I wanted to go home and take my
family home with me. No Lesia could not go. But I could stay. I threw a fit I regret to this day. Days turned into weeks after about a month she didnt come home I started attended bible study with them and quit my job to go to work for Benji for less money than I was already making and less than Benji had paid me
on jobs in the past ,so I could get into there good grace and see my wife. At that time I had court ordered joint custody of Ashley. Soon that would change though. They talked me into leaving my home and moving in and dropping our legal separation and custody rights. I agreed but only because she had agreed to stop
reading Tony’s tracks. I insisted the Bible be her study and not reading Tony’s Tracks. Me and Lesia was now living at a house I paid half the bills at but was run and controlled by Benji and Terry his wife. It didnt take long and they had her reading tracks again. They all ran around acting like they were these perfect
Christians putting me down trying to tell me what to do. Yelling there disrespect into my face as if I was evil and they had never sinned. I was miserable !!! I hated working for Benji, never even liked the guy, especially for half the money I was used to making. One morning I got up for work and called my old boss. Told Don who was my co worker and lived in half the house we lived in I was going back to work for my old boss because there was
better money there for me. That infuriated Benji hear he was starting up his own little cult through the teachings of Tony Alamo and I just broke rule# 1… I found Lesia reading a track and asked why she broke her promise and she said I was wrong and she had to follow her calling. God wasn’t calling her into that
cult the sub cult was. Benji came to me right after taking all my money to pay the bills up and made me leave because I didn’t believe in Tony. I only believed in God. That was not good enough for them. I begged Lesia to come along and she
sped the same BS Benji did. They had her convinced she was this weak person who could not even find hope in God and in Gods word without them. Three days later
before I had a chance to file for custody again they all,three families loaded a Uhaul trailer by night and left for Fort Smith Arkansas. Not letting me know where they had taken my child and pregnant wife for 1 year. After a year I got a call from my sister apparently Benji lost his cult to Tony
because they were now living under church authority. Apparently Benji took them to Fort Smith and they all started going to church at the Alamo’s. Benji didnt like it when Tony started trying to run his house again as the way Benji had and decided to stop attending but it was already to late for my wife and two kids
and my sister’s family. Benji was mad he lost his cult. My sister said I could come see the kids now but only at the church. I was there the next Sunday andstarted coming every weekend after to see the kids Lesia was very nice and friendly I missed her and the kids so much so again I gave in moved into the
church. Though I could endure the hell Tony and his Big Heads would put me through as long as I was there to protect my family, boy was I wrong. Again I was miserable had they just let get some sleep I would have been alright ( I think ) They keep you running to and from work , study , spreading tracks and
church services from Ellery morning to late in the evening . Anyway it wasn’t long b4 I stated trying to talk since to Lesia again and she put me on report to Tony. Tony kicked me out. I was glad to go but not without my kids some bid guys
from the church was there and started acting they was gonad beet the **** out of me if I didnt leave Now!!! I was scared and left. I haven’t seen my kids since that morning. Except 1 time I was parked outside the church and my oldest and another kid came up to my truck to give me a track… They didn’t know who I
was but I know who she was. And I said Ashley I am your daddy How are you baby. She just looked at me like she was scared of me and took off running inside. I was devastated . I still am
 
There was a very good article on Tony Alamo in Rolling Stone magazine back about 1972.

Gary
 
Hears one the Southern Poverty Law Center did. Also watch the news reports I have listed on me page at www.myspace/roofingpage

Tony Alamo Ministries is now considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors such organizations:

Evangelist Tony Alamo is back in Arkansas, and making news again.

Once based in Alma, Arkansas, Tony Alamo Ministries essentially went out of business when its leader went to prison in 1994 for tax evasion. After his release in 1998, he set up shop again, this time in the town of Fouke, near Texarkana.

Now, the church is officially listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors such organizations.

SPLC spokesman Mark Potok says Alamo’s hate is largely directed at one target: the Catholic church, which he blames for everything from communism and Nazism to pornography and the Jonestown Massacre.

But it’s not just the anti-Catholic rhetoric. Potok says dozens of women have accused Alamo of engaging in polygamy and sex with underage girls.
  • Source: Tony Alamo Ministries is listed as a hate group by SPLC, KUAR, USA, Oct. 22, 2007
In a recent report on Tony Alamo Ministries, the Southern Poverty Law Center writes:

Alamo blames the Catholic Church for every evil imaginable, including communism, Nazism, the two world wars and even the Jonestown Massacre. “Narcotics, prostitution, pornography, booze and black market - every filthy thing – can be traced right back to the Vatican,” the cult leader has written. Hatred of Catholics isn’t Alamo’s only unorthodox belief. In 1993, he published a tract called “The Polygamists” which argued, “the Holy Scriptures proclaim polygamy to be righteous.” Fourteen years later, he still pushes that message, producing daily radio broadcasts that are beamed around the country and the world and proclaim a holy man’s right to take multiple wives.
…]

It doesn’t stop there. Alamo, who has three children by three different, current “wives,” also has been justifying sex with underage girls over the radio waves in recent years. It’s hard not to be reminded of similar attitudes among other cult leaders, from Warren Jeffs, the jailed leader of the polygamist Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints, to David Koresh, the late apocalyptic chief of the Branch Davidian sect in Waco, Texas, and a man Alamo says was “like a brother to me.” Both Jeffs and Koresh have been accused of having sex with children.

Alamo argues that girls should marry once they start menstruating — even if they are as young as 10. In one September 2006 broadcast, he put it like this: “God impregnated Mary when she was about 11 years old. So the government idiots, the people that don’t know the Bible, what you’re going to have to do is get a hold of God now, you’re going to have to get up there and ‘cuff him and send him to prison for statutory rape.”

It’s a theme that Alamo keeps coming back to. In a radio show just this Feb. 24, the preacher cited the alleged promiscuity of first-graders as grounds for marrying them before the legal age of consent.
…]

It’s these kinds of statements from the purported prophet of God that have helped drive mounting concerns among ex-followers and others familiar with Tony Alamo, even as his churches — in Saugus, Calif., Elizabeth, N.J., and Ft. Smith and Fouke, both in Arkansas — continue to grow. Some with long memories recall the end of Alamo’s first reign, when a 1991 government raid on a mountain ridge in Arkansas left his headquarters compound abandoned and in disrepair, and wonder whether the same thing is coming again soon.
…]

Cult expert and deprogrammer Steve Hassan, the author of Combating Cult Mind Control, has followed the activities of the Alamo cult since Alamo’s release from prison in 1998. Like many others, he is surprised Alamo is still free.

“Tony Alamo is power-hungry, deluded, paranoid and exploitative, certainly as far as what he’s doing with young girls,” says Hassan. “I don’t know if law enforcement is either corrupt or [too] nervous to pursue him.”

Officials with the Arkansas State Police, where ex-followers have made a series of complaints against Alamo in recent years, would not say if the cult leader is under investigation. “As a matter of policy, the Arkansas State Police does not address questions or publicly discuss elements of any investigation that may be open,” said spokesman Bill Sadler.

So, for now, Fouke residents and ex-Alamo followers plan to continue turning up the heat in hopes of bringing increased scrutiny to Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and its leader. “I’d like to see him arrested immediately,” Susan Groulx says. “There’s no reason why he should be free and no reason why this should drag on any longer.”

EDITOR’S NOTE Based on evidence compiled recently by the Intelligence Report, the Southern Poverty Law Center is adding Tony Alamo Christian Ministries to its list of hate groups. Future listings will include active chapters of the group.
  • Source: The Ravening Wolf, Catholic-Hating Organization Reemerges, By Susy Buchanan, Intelligence Report, Fall 2007
 
Tony Alamo Ministries is now considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors such organizations:

Evangelist Tony Alamo is back in Arkansas, and making news again.

Once based in Alma, Arkansas, Tony Alamo Ministries essentially went out of business when its leader went to prison in 1994 for tax evasion. After his release in 1998, he set up shop again, this time in the town of Fouke, near Texarkana.

Now, the church is officially listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors such organizations.

SPLC spokesman Mark Potok says Alamo’s hate is largely directed at one target: the Catholic church, which he blames for everything from communism and Nazism to pornography and the Jonestown Massacre.

But it’s not just the anti-Catholic rhetoric. Potok says dozens of women have accused Alamo of engaging in polygamy and sex with underage girls.
  • Source: Tony Alamo Ministries is listed as a hate group by SPLC, KUAR, USA, Oct. 22, 2007
In a recent report on Tony Alamo Ministries, the Southern Poverty Law Center writes:

Alamo blames the Catholic Church for every evil imaginable, including communism, Nazism, the two world wars and even the Jonestown Massacre. “Narcotics, prostitution, pornography, booze and black market - every filthy thing – can be traced right back to the Vatican,” the cult leader has written. Hatred of Catholics isn’t Alamo’s only unorthodox belief. In 1993, he published a tract called “The Polygamists” which argued, “the Holy Scriptures proclaim polygamy to be righteous.” Fourteen years later, he still pushes that message, producing daily radio broadcasts that are beamed around the country and the world and proclaim a holy man’s right to take multiple wives.
…]

It doesn’t stop there. Alamo, who has three children by three different, current “wives,” also has been justifying sex with underage girls over the radio waves in recent years. It’s hard not to be reminded of similar attitudes among other cult leaders, from Warren Jeffs, the jailed leader of the polygamist Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints, to David Koresh, the late apocalyptic chief of the Branch Davidian sect in Waco, Texas, and a man Alamo says was “like a brother to me.” Both Jeffs and Koresh have been accused of having sex with children.

Alamo argues that girls should marry once they start menstruating — even if they are as young as 10. In one September 2006 broadcast, he put it like this: “God impregnated Mary when she was about 11 years old. So the government idiots, the people that don’t know the Bible, what you’re going to have to do is get a hold of God now, you’re going to have to get up there and ‘cuff him and send him to prison for statutory rape.”

It’s a theme that Alamo keeps coming back to. In a radio show just this Feb. 24, the preacher cited the alleged promiscuity of first-graders as grounds for marrying them before the legal age of consent.
…]

It’s these kinds of statements from the purported prophet of God that have helped drive mounting concerns among ex-followers and others familiar with Tony Alamo, even as his churches — in Saugus, Calif., Elizabeth, N.J., and Ft. Smith and Fouke, both in Arkansas — continue to grow. Some with long memories recall the end of Alamo’s first reign, when a 1991 government raid on a mountain ridge in Arkansas left his headquarters compound abandoned and in disrepair, and wonder whether the same thing is coming again soon.
…]

Cult expert and deprogrammer Steve Hassan, the author of Combating Cult Mind Control, has followed the activities of the Alamo cult since Alamo’s release from prison in 1998. Like many others, he is surprised Alamo is still free.

“Tony Alamo is power-hungry, deluded, paranoid and exploitative, certainly as far as what he’s doing with young girls,” says Hassan. “I don’t know if law enforcement is either corrupt or [too] nervous to pursue him.”

Officials with the Arkansas State Police, where ex-followers have made a series of complaints against Alamo in recent years, would not say if the cult leader is under investigation. “As a matter of policy, the Arkansas State Police does not address questions or publicly discuss elements of any investigation that may be open,” said spokesman Bill Sadler.

So, for now, Fouke residents and ex-Alamo followers plan to continue turning up the heat in hopes of bringing increased scrutiny to Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and its leader. “I’d like to see him arrested immediately,” Susan Groulx says. “There’s no reason why he should be free and no reason why this should drag on any longer.”

EDITOR’S NOTE Based on evidence compiled recently by the Intelligence Report, the Southern Poverty Law Center is adding Tony Alamo Christian Ministries to its list of hate groups. Future listings will include active chapters of the group.
  • Source: The Ravening Wolf, Catholic-Hating Organization Reemerges, By Susy Buchanan, Intelligence Report, Fall 2007
 
I saw some of his junk decades ago, and it did not even take the time to read the headlines to realize that he has problems in critical thinking. I have tended to ignore his junk.
 
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