As the "Big Tone" turned 74 on Saturday, state and federal authorities celebrated by raiding his Fouke Arkansas compound, on a hunt for child pornography.
But Alamo told AP: "We don't go into pornography; nobody in the church is into that... Where do these allegations stem from? The anti-Christ government. The Catholics don't like me because I have cut their congregation in half. They hate true Christianity."
Alamo has been accused by former followers of practicing polygamy and marrying child brides in recent years. While Alamo often denies these allegations in his radio broadcasts, he cites the scriptures that allow for polygamy and marraige after puberty. Alamo vehemently repudiates pornography, however; and, to our knowledge, the possesion or production of pornography, involving adults or children, has never been alleged.
The child porn charges are notable in the light of a recorded phone conversation between one John Garry Peeler and Alamo follower Don Sweat in April 2003. Peeler had called claiming to be an ex FBI, BATF, DEA undercover agent, saying that Alamo was on a federal "hit list," and that one way he might be targeted could be through the surreptitious planting of child pornography on his computer. From the transcript:
And one of the things they do now is one of the guys I know named Gregory Holt, I don’t know where he is now, I think the feds put him in jail for something, because he went around trying to expose the feds and write notices and letters about what they’re doing and stuff. Gregory Holt, the government got him on some bogus charges and stuff, this guy I know, and what they did, they wanted him to do to Tony Alamo too, but the way they wanted him to do it, is they wanted him to get in with a Tony Alamo mission and to put child pornography on Tony Alamo’s computer. You see what I’m saying? To try to discredit him with child pornography. But I mean, that’s one of the easiest things to do nowadays. I’ve never done that. I’m an old guy. I’m fifty-four and I’m not into computers, but I’m saying, he’s a younger guy and into computers. But some of these people that they want him to do deals on, they want him to get into their home computers and stuff and put child pornography in their computers.
For some backround on Alamo (and vintage footage), give these THV Extra reports a look:
Feb. 11, 2008
Feb. 12, 2008
And from KARK:
April 23, 2008
Update, Sept. 26
Alamo was arrested Thursday at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff AZ