Alamo, who bills himself as an ‘evangelist,’ is serving a 175-year prison sentence for taking girls as young as nine across state lines to have sex with them.
Along with the prison sentence, Alamo was also fined $250,000 and ordered to pay $500,000 in restitution to each of his accusers, whom he had referred to as ‘wives.’
Additional properties to be seized
Attorneys for two other former members, Seth Calagna and Spencer Ondirsek, were already seeking the seizure of five other ministry buildings and a parking lot in order to satisfy a $30 million judgment against Alamo.
The two men had sued the cult leader for ordering his enforcer, John Erwin Kolbeck, to beat them.
In 2009 they were each were awarded $1.5 million from Kolbeck after he failed to respond to their lawsuit. However, Kolbeck died in January, 2011, of a heart attack while on the run from law enforcement.
Last week the attorneys for Calagna and Ondirsek added 12 more properties to the list of assets they seek to auction off.
A stepdaughter of Alamo says she has a $500,000 claim against the properties in that judgement.
Tony Alamo Ministries: cult and hate group
Meanwhile two dozen cult members still loyal to Alamo claim they are co-owners of some of the properties marked for seizure.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a human rights organization that tracks hate groups and their activities, characterizes Alamo Ministries as a hate group.
The German government considers the Scientology organization a commercial enterprise with a history of taking advantage of vulnerable individuals and an extreme dislike of any criticism. The government is also concerned that the organization’s totalitarian structure and methods may pose a risk to Germany’s democratic society. Several kinds of evidence have influenced this view of Scientology, including the organization’s activities in the United States.
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Newly released documents in a Rhode Island lawsuit show that the scandal-tarred Legion of Christ shielded information on their founder’s sex life from a wealthy widow who donated $30 million over two decades, the National Catholic Reporter says.
A judge last Friday revoked a protective order, releasing thousands of pages of testimony, financial and religious records — providing a rare view into the Legion culture shaped by its Mexican-born founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, NCR says in one of a series of articles on the group.
Sect leader’s wife recounts life in cult
A sect named Defensores de Cristo (Defenders of Christ) that was broken up in Mexico last month forced women to participate in orgies, discouraged baths and made people eat raw animal organs, the wife of a cult leader says.
Spanish leader Ignacio Gonzalez de Arriba saw himself as the reincarnation of Jesus Christ and used the internet to recruit adherents, offering classes on ‘bio-programming’, alternative health care, psychic powers and sexuality, according to Red de Apoyo — a support network for cult victims, which helps people who flee sects.
The sect’s followers were treated with cruelty, including humiliation and psychological torture, the network said.
But R. Andrew Chesnut, PhD, Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, tells NBC, “What caught my eye was that the backyard altar was obviously primarily an altar to Santa Muerte, the Saint of Death…whose cult has been mushrooming both in the United States and Mexico over the past decade.”
Convicted Cult Leader Appeals To US Supreme Court
Cult leader Tony Alamo has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in the hope it will overturn a ruling in a civil lawsuit against him.
Lawyers for the men are now seeking the seizure of six of Alamo’s properties in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in order to satisfy the judgement.
“If the court orders that these properties be sold, it will effectively kill Alamo’s operations in Fort Smith, which has served as one of the group’s nerve centers for decades,” says lawyer David Carter.
In what lawyers refer to as “The Scam” these properties are currently held in the names of loyal Alamo followers.
Alamo took those properties out of his name after he was convicted of tax evasion, but the lawyers say it is clear Alamo is the owner.
The cult leader is serving a 175-year sentence after being convicted in 2009 of bringing young girls across state lines for sex.
Moon cult holds mass wedding
Remember the failed, self-proclaimed ‘messiah’ (and crowned ‘King of America‘) Sun Myung Moon?
Among other things his religious cult was known for organizing mass weddings between people who, in most cases, met each other only on the day of the wedding. And added problem: Moon preferred cross-cultural weddings, and often the man and wife didn’t even speak each other’s language.