7/20/09 – (UPDATED POST) VIDEO CNN: Rick Sanchez discusses Tony Alamo

CNN Transcripts
July 20, 2009
Newscaster: Rick Sanchez

CNN: Rick Sanchez discusses Tony Alamo – Transcripts


Below is the transcript from July 20, 2009 when Rick Sanchez talks about Tony Alamo and shows the video of their interview in September, 2008.

A trial continues today in Arkansas, a trial for an accused child molester, a man who calls himself a minister. But is he really a cult leader and a rapist as well?

His name is Tony Alamo. In 1991, he made headlines, charged with threatening a judge. Since then, much like a heat rash that won’t go away, he’s been accused of trafficking underaged girls across state lines for sex. Now, we have been monitoring his trial and have seen a parade of women lately come forward to say they were forced to marry him when they were just little girls. By the way, they also say their parents looked the other way because they were a part of it.

I recently asked Alamo if that was true. This is an incredible interview that I want you to watch, which he ends, by the way, by calling me the Antichrist.

Here it is.

TONY ALAMO, TONY ALAMO CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES: Don’t tell me about the Bible, man. I’m a Jew. We wrote the bible. Let me teach you.


ALAMO: You don’t know anything about the Bible, OK, friend?


ALAMO: All right?

SANCHEZ: So you’re saying the Bible gives you the right to have sex with girls?

ALAMO: I have the right to have sex with my wife. Is there any problem with that?

SANCHEZ: No, absolutely no problem. No problem with your wife.

ALAMO: Some people are homosexuals today like the people at the Vatican and everything.

SANCHEZ: Let’s not go there, sir. Let’s —

ALAMO: Yes, let’s go there. Let’s go there. Come on now. Come on. You know there’s a bunch of faggots over there and nobody is prosecuting them.

SANCHEZ: I think people would find that kind of language repugnant. I would — I would ask you not to use it anymore. Let’s try and stick to the issues here.


SANCHEZ: If we possibly can. Hey, just for the record, they’re saying for the record that you have possibly either promulgated or had sex with young girls at your particular facility. Is that true or not?

ALAMO: That is false.


ALAMO: All right?

SANCHEZ: You told the “Associated Press” that you are not guilty, but then you went own to say that — according to you — the age of consent is puberty — puberty? What do you mean by that? ALAMO: It’s not according to me. That’s according to the Bible. That means when a woman is able to conceive, and have a child, she is an adult and she could be married. But we don’t do that at our church. We never have.

SANCHEZ: Why would you be saying that then?

ALAMO: Well, because it’s Bible. I have a right to preach the Gospel, don’t I? OK? What kind of a — what kind of creep are you?

SANCHEZ: Puberty is — as early as 8 years old. Are you saying that you would be for children, young girls as early as 8 years old having sex?

ALAMO: No, you’re just trying to make me look that way. You’re part of the government regime to try to destroy Christianity. And I didn’t say that. I don’t know when girls reach puberty. Most of them around 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. God inseminated Mary at the age of around 10 to 12. Should we get him for having sex with a young girl?

SANCHEZ: Yes, yes, as a matter of fact, sir. If you go by the law, and we are a nation of laws, we should. And the law specifically states that you have to…

ALAMO: Hey, you’re not a nation of laws. You are the Antichrist.


SANCHEZ: Coincidence, huh, that he would say this an 8-year-old girl is fair game according to the Bible? Not that he’s ever been with an 8-year-old girl, right?

Well, guess what? In court last Friday, while we were monitoring this case, we learned that an 18-year-old woman stood up and told the jury that, when she was 8 years old, 8 years old, she was married to Tony Alamo and that her parents didn’t protect her from him.

Now, if Alamo is convicted, he would face up to 10 years behind bars and $250,000 in fines on each of the 10 counts. His trial continues. His lawyers are talking now. More importantly, maybe, than all of that, he would be kept away from underage girls and vulnerable women.

In: 2009 - (Trial year)

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