Jailed Evangelist Wants Religious References Removed From Lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A lawyer for jailed evangelist Tony
Alamo is asking a federal court to remove religious references from a lawsuit against Alamo.

Attorney John Hall says in a court filing that claims made by two former members of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries are based on religious beliefs and are not matters for argument in a court of law.

Hall lists as examples claims that Alamo engaged in practices to
intimidate church members by withholding food, marrying young girls
and performing severe beatings. The lawsuit was filed last month in
federal court in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Alamo also faces federal criminal charges. He's accused of raping and sexually abusing girls in the ministry and taking them across state lines for purposes of sex. He's being held without bond.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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