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is this a reflection of the people or of the religion?

5 men charged with sex crimes against children

LEXINGTON, Mo. – Authorities on Wednesday searched a rural property in western Missouri for bodies and buried glass jars containing notes written more than 15 years ago by children who may have documented sexual abuse by five members of their own family.

Lafayette County Sheriff Kerrick Alumbaugh pleaded for the public's help, saying investigators "believe that there are other victims out there, and we believe people in the public can give us more information."

Alumbaugh said authorities believe there may be bodies buried on the property once owned by two of the five family members arrested Tuesday. He refused to say to whom any of the bodies would have belonged. The property and a nearby home is currently owned by a man unrelated to the case who is cooperating with authorities.

Three of the five men arrested are lay ministers in the Community of Christ Church
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Asked by Anonymous at 10:07 PM on Nov. 11, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

Answers (30)
  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:08 PM on Nov. 11, 2009

  • Simple - if Hasan is a reflection of Islam, they are a reflection of Christianity. If he's not, they're not.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:17 PM on Nov. 11, 2009

  • reflection of what people? the members of the church, or the members who did these crimes? it sounds pretty simple to me...i'm a member of a protestant church..if i break the law, does that reflect on my whole church, or just me?

    Answer by thehairnazi at 10:18 PM on Nov. 11, 2009

  • OMGoodness-- I get the point of you post. But I am so very shocked and saddened. Why do people have to be so messed up?!

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 10:19 PM on Nov. 11, 2009

  • Definitely a reflection of the people. I personally think a good 90% of people who call themselves a religion do not practice. They just celebrate the associated holidays and sport a symbol or two but they dont actually have a faith or practice.

    Answer by Tickledtrauma at 10:38 PM on Nov. 11, 2009

  • The people, God is not in this.

    Answer by sheilathemartyr at 11:12 PM on Nov. 11, 2009

  • But people are a reflection of how they perceive their concepts of religion and god. It's awfully funny that so many of the things people decide their god wants, likes, demands, whatever are so in line with what those people want to do. And others are just warped by the interpretations of how others see god and their insistence that they "know" how god wants it. Man created god...too bad he didn't do a better job of it.

    Yeah, and after the last few days...what NP said.

    Answer by roachiesmom at 11:53 PM on Nov. 11, 2009

  • I'd rather believe and be right, than not believe and be wrong. People are a reflection of their religion, but people who are already crazy, will use their religion to excuse their crimes, which can put a bad rep. on religions. However, the only time we hear about religious happenings on the news is when something bad happens by a person who loudly claims a religion.
    No one ever hears the good things people of faith have done, unless you dig in the depths of the media for it (such as google). Even if you read it, you're not going to be convinced anyway, so why bother?

    Answer by mumma28 at 12:22 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • First 2 of the 5 weren't even members of this church but they were all members of the same family. That would tend to lead one to believe that is a screwed up family rather than a reflection of a church or denomination.

    Answer by teamquinn at 12:23 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • THAT is one sick and messed up family.

    Answer by pnwmom at 1:29 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

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