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Repent Amarillo: Christian Taliban in Amarillo, Texas

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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 Many have noted the existence of parallels between America's Christian Right and historical fascist movements around the world. One thing missing from the Christian Right today are organized bands of thugs willing to use violence, fear, and intimidation to advance the movement's agenda. If that were to happen, it could be argued that the USA would have its own genuine fascist movement.

Although this hasn't happened yet, there are some groups that have tried to fill that role. The latest is "Repent Amarillo" in Amarillo, Texas. They haven't turned to actual violence so far, but their rhetoric is very violent and they have used a lot of intimidation to get their way against other local residents.

They didn't just target a swingers' club, but also swingers' private homes and employers -- thus revealing that they likely have "friends in high places," at least among the local police.

In January, six Repent members showed up at a weekend swingers party at the private home of Cristal Robinson, Route 66's attorney. During the party, Robinson says the group trespassed on her property and tried to block cars from entering the driveway. She called the police. Sheriff's deputies showed up, followed not long after by a state trooper.

The two law-enforcement groups apparently had different ideas about how to handle Repent, according to a Potter County incident report. The state trooper took photographs of the Repent vehicles and filled out suspicious activity cards, which go to the state's intelligence center. The deputies, on the other hand, dismissed Robinson's account and left Repent to carry on.

Meanwhile the trooper stayed nearby. Deputies later received a report that the DPS trooper was "harassing" Repent. The deputies returned to find four "extremely upset" Repent members. "Big John" Leinen complained to the deputies that the trooper had treated them "like some sort of terrorist group." Grisham claimed that the trooper had assaulted one of his people and broke a piece off the group's video camera. The trooper told deputies he had observed Repent going through Robinson's dumpster and asked why the deputies "didn't write the protestors [sic] a citation for 'disturbing the peace'." The deputy answered, "because they aren't disturbing the peace." Deputies asked the trooper to leave, and no tickets were issued.

http://atheism.about.com/b/2010/03/19/repent-amarillo-christian-taliban-in-amarillo-texas.htm

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Della529
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 5:12 PM

BUMP!

tericared
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 5:17 PM

 Going to someones home and harassing them...WOW...

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Oh come on that is just terrible. I think most swingerrs kind of keep it quiet. How did the REPENT members find out about it anyway? The gathering at the house could have been a good old Texas bar b que. Something tells me these swingers have a " friend " that is running their mouth. If my neighbors were swingers I personally wouldn't want to know.

tericared
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:19 PM

 Their leader, David Grisham, a security guard at nuclear-bomb facility Pantex who moonlights as a pastor, explained the action. "We're here to shine the light on this darkness," Grisham told the Amarillo Globe-News. "I don't think Amarillo knew about this place. This is adultery. This is wrong. There's no telling how many venereal diseases get spread, how many abortions." The goal, Grisham says, was not just to save the swingers' souls, but to shut the club down. ...

For the past year, this Bible Belt city of 200,000 has been consumed by a culture clash between Repent Amarillo and their targets, a list that includes everything from gay bars to liberal churches. For the Route 66 swingers, Grisham's "special forces" have been a near-constant presence. Jobs have been lost, families estranged, assault charges filed and businesses shuttered. So far, no public official has stood up to defend these businesses, which operate legally. To the contrary, Repent Amarillo has managed to turn the city's own laws and employees into an effective weapon.

Amarillo, it turns out, doesn't have the stomach to stick up for gays, swingers, strippers or even Unitarians. Absent a peacekeeper, the conflict might end up being settled the old-fashioned way, frontier-style. "This will not end until somebody gets hurt, either us or them," one swinger warns. ...

Della529
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Do people...Can people of the Christian Right in faith truly exonerate themselves from being similar to the Taliban?

tericared
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:45 PM

 

 http://paganwiccan.about.com/b/2009/01/16/live-near-amarillo-check-your-maps.htm

Live Near Amarillo? Check Your Maps!

Friday January 16, 2009
This is so weird that at first, I honestly thought it was a joke from the folks at The Onion or someplace, but no, it's real. There's a fundamentalist group in Texas called Repent Amarillo that has put together a map, complete with little pushpins, so people can see where Really Bad Occulty Stuff is in their area. There's a coffee bar that's on the list because a Pagan meetup group hangs out there, plus the place is popular with the local gay community. A nature center made the list because it's a place where "peacenicks" go to worship in an "earth circle," along with a Reiki center, a couple of gay bars, some strip clubs, and a Hindu temple.

Repent Amarillo seems like a fun group. Here are some of the really evil stuffs they like to protest, according to their Mission Page: Gay pride events (surprise), "Earth worship events such as “Earth Day," breast cancer events like Race for the Cure (because they want to "to illuminate the link between abortion and breast cancer"), and spring break (which we all know is a tool of Satan anyway). They organize "outreaches" as part of their Spiritual Warfare, and go hang out in front of adult-themed businesses, in hopes of saving the sinners. They apparently sneak their members into such places, and if you play around on their website you can see photos of when they Infiltrated Teh Swingerz Club. Oh no! Naughty red walls! Freshly laundered sheets! Oh, the horror of it all... won't someone please protect the children from the Pagan coffee houses?

I think it's clear that humble Amarillo, Texas, is a hotbed of Pagan activity. Next thing you know, it'll spread to... oh, wait. We're everywhere already. Never mind.
Della529
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Oh my goodness!  Talk about taking religion too far...Wonder if they'd like to bring back the gallows.  "Off with his/her head!!"   Or perhaps, "Hanging in a public square" is more to their liking?

toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:04 PM

 Atheism.com?  You've gotta be kidding.  Of course that's how they'll spin this fringe group!

Where do you come up with this stuff!?  Everyone knows there are radicals on the right, but they are the fringe.  Equating the Christian right with terrorists is just stupid. 

toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:10 PM

 

Quoting tericared:

 Many have noted the existence of parallels between America's Christian Right and historical fascist movements around the world. One thing missing from the Christian Right today are organized bands of thugs willing to use violence, fear, and intimidation to advance the movement's agenda. If that were to happen, it could be argued that the USA would have its own genuine fascist movement.

Although this hasn't happened yet, there are some groups that have tried to fill that role. The latest is "Repent Amarillo" in Amarillo, Texas. They haven't turned to actual violence so far, but their rhetoric is very violent and they have used a lot of intimidation to get their way against other local residents.  Sounds like some folks I've heard somewhere else recently. 

They didn't just target a swingers' club, but also swingers' private homes and employers -- thus revealing that they likely have "friends in high places," at least among the local police.

In January, six Repent members showed up at a weekend swingers party at the private home of Cristal Robinson, Route 66's attorney. During the party, Robinson says the group trespassed on her property and tried to block cars from entering the driveway. She called the police. Sheriff's deputies showed up, followed not long after by a state trooper.

The two law-enforcement groups apparently had different ideas about how to handle Repent, according to a Potter County incident report. The state trooper took photographs of the Repent vehicles and filled out suspicious activity cards, which go to the state's intelligence center. The deputies, on the other hand, dismissed Robinson's account and left Repent to carry on.

Meanwhile the trooper stayed nearby. Deputies later received a report that the DPS trooper was "harassing" Repent. The deputies returned to find four "extremely upset" Repent members. "Big John" Leinen complained to the deputies that the trooper had treated them "like some sort of terrorist group." Grisham claimed that the trooper had assaulted one of his people and broke a piece off the group's video camera. The trooper told deputies he had observed Repent going through Robinson's dumpster and asked why the deputies "didn't write the protestors [sic] a citation for 'disturbing the peace'." The deputy answered, "because they aren't disturbing the peace." Deputies asked the trooper to leave, and no tickets were issued.

http://atheism.about.com/b/2010/03/19/repent-amarillo-christian-taliban-in-amarillo-texas.htm

 6 whole members?!  Wow.  So all of the Christian right are terrorists based on these 6 clowns that trespassed?  lol

tericared
by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 2:07 AM

 Judging by their site there are more than 6 members...

http://www.repentamarillo.com/mission.html

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