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Cult leader Tony Alamo must reveal financial sources

Imprisoned cult leader Tony Alamo and his wife will have to reveal where the money they use to pay their lawyers comes from.

Alamo was sentenced in November, 2009, to 175 years in prison on charges that included taking girls as young as 9 years old across state lines to become his “brides.”

As part of his sentence, Alamo was also fined $250,000 and ordered to pay $500,000 in restitution to each of his accusers.

Two other former members of his ‘ministry,’ Seth Calagna and Spencer Ondirsek, successfully sued Alamo for ordering his enforcer, John Erwin Kolbeck, to beat them.

In November, 2009, cult leader Tony Alamo was sentenced to 175 years in prison

In November, 2009, cult leader Tony Alamo was sentenced to 175 years in prison

But the cult leader, who appears to continue being in control of his Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, has thus far been able to avoid paying up.

Federal prosecutors and attorneys are therefore seeking the seizure of some of Alamo’s properties in order to help satisfy the judgements.

But Alamo and his followers are playing games, claiming that the properties are owned collectively by church members, and not by Alamo.

Earlier this year U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant ruled that Tony Alamo is the true owner of the properties, even though several of them were placed in the names of ministry members.

Last month Bryant threw out most claims of ownership in the properties by Alamo’s followers.

The Magistrate has now ruled that arrangements for attorney fees are not protected by the attorney-client privilege and must be revealed.

Hate group and Cult

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a human rights organization that tracks hate groups and their activities, lists Alamo’s organization as a hate group due to its ongoing hate campaigns against Catholics.

Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, is widely considered to be a cult both sociologically and theologically.1

Theologically it is a cult of Christianity due to its many un-biblical teachings and practices. As such it is not representative of, nor part of the Christian church.

Sociologically, the organization is a cult that has engaged in violence and other illegal acts against its followers.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Alamo Ministries civil suit

A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by members of imprisoned evangelist Tony Alamo’s Christian Ministries, claiming an Arkansas agency infringed upon their religious rights in seizing children from their compound in 2008.

Arkansas News reports

The 8th U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis said U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes was right to dismiss the suit, which alleged violations of the ministry’s constitutional rights, because the suit would have interfered with state proceedings that at the time were still ongoing.

At least 36 children were removed from the ministry’s compound in Fouke and placed in foster care. Officials with the state Department of Human Services said the children were the victims of physical and sexual abuse, including forced marriages between underage children and adults.

Alamo was sentenced in November 2009 to 175 years in prison on charges that included taking minors across state lines for sex.

The ministry and two church members, Albert Ralph Krantz and Gregory Scott Seago, filed a lawsuit alleging that DHS officials violated their constitutional rights, including their First Amendment right to freedom of religious expression and their Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.

Barnes dismissed the suit in February 2010. The ministry, but not the individual plaintiffs, filed an appeal, and on Wednesday a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit said it agreed with Barnes’ ruling.

The appeals court said the U.S. Supreme Court has established, in its 1971 ruling in Younger v. Harris, that federal courts must abstain from considering any civil claims brought by plaintiffs who are being prosecuted at the state level for matters related to their claims.

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