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Monday, August 13, 2007

O They Will Know We Are Christians By…

posted by on August 13 at 9:40 AM

…the Jesus fish sticker on our bumper and the 15 year-old girl we’re dragging behind our van.

Arrest warrants have been issued for two officials at a Christian boot camp accused of dragging a 15-year-old girl behind a van after she fell behind during a morning run, authorities said.

Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of San Antonio-based Love Demonstrated Ministries, a 32-day boot camp, face aggravated assault charges in the June 12 incident. The two are accused of tying the girl to the van with a rope, then dragging her.

UPDATE: Looks like we can add this teen-dragged-behind-van story to our “Youth Pastor Watch” series…

Investigators said that a San Antonio preacher has been arrested, after a 15-year-old girl from Floresville, claimed she was abused while at a Christian boot camp in Banquete. According to an arrest affidavit, the teenage girl was injured, when the camp director and another camp employee, tied her up to the back of a van and then dragged her along a dirt road.

Friday morning, Nueces County authorities arrested both the camp director and one camp employee in San Antonio. His name is Charles Eugene Flowers. According to a Web site for the Christian boot camp, or CBC, he spent 12 years in the Air Force before he started the boot camp up in 1995.

All the while, Flowers also served as the youth pastor of Faith Outreach International Church in San Antonio.

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Her spirit was willing, but her flesh was weak!

After a discussion with Christ, Charles and Stephanie [and Christ] had reached a solution to this young girls problem.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 13, 2007 9:59 AM

A btter headline and play on a a band name:

And They Will Know Us By The Trail of Christians

Posted by Whatevs | August 13, 2007 10:03 AM

Where does it say they had a fish sticker on the back of the van?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 13, 2007 10:08 AM

un Godly scum

Posted by Freddy | August 13, 2007 10:48 AM

If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes at these Christian madrassahs,check out the documentary film "Jesus Camp."

Posted by Mud Baby | August 13, 2007 11:06 AM

The frequency at which this kind of shit is happening is really starting to freak me out. There is something so Stephen King about it. Its like something you'd read in Black House or the Dark Tower series.

Posted by JessB | August 13, 2007 12:08 PM





Jesus Christ indeed.

Posted by laterite | August 13, 2007 12:27 PM

"I don't really know the depth of what's going on," Flowers said. "So I really don't have a reaction to it. I purposely don't want to have a reaction; I'm just living life."

That about sums it up.

Posted by PdxRitchie | August 13, 2007 1:53 PM

Okay, every year one or two of these "boot camps" makes the news for killing someone and gets shut down. Given the frequency of death and dismemberment, can anyone tell me why any of these camps remain open?

Posted by Gitai | August 13, 2007 3:59 PM

I want Charles Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt to rot in prison. One of the versions of the story that I read stated that the release form for this Christian Boot Camp that the parents had to sign said, quite explicitly, that serious injury and even death were possible. Flowers seems to me to be the quintessential pentecostal sorcerer----obsessed with his own seeming omnipotence, and madly ravenous for power over others. Instead of "Sir, yes, SIR!" his ears should ring with shouts of "Garcon!" or "Boy!" or "Hey, you!"

Posted by Tadeusz Korzienowski | August 16, 2007 7:38 PM

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