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icymist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-18-11 09:47 PM
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Phoenix Goddess Temple Raided by Police
The Phoenix Goddess Temple in Arizona, a neo-tantric religious organization that defines itself as a sacred place to know the secret inner wisdom of the Cosmic Mother, was raided by police on Wednesday. Eleven women and five men were taken in for questioning, and made to do a perp walk for the cameras, but police would not say, exactly, what the raid was looking for.

CBS 5 News has also learned this was part of a long term investigation that spanned from the Valley to Sedona. Police served three additional search warrants in the Sedona area and detained several more people for questioning at those locations. <...> Martos would not confirm the nature of the investigation, saying investigators would be working well into the night and more details would be available tomorrow.

It was revealed that police also raided Sedona Goddess Temple, an affiliate of the Phoenix Goddess Temple. Its plainly obvious that this is a raid looking for proof of prostitution, though previous sting operations have turned up empty-handed. Why else do a highly publicized raid and perp-walk? So far, there are no reports of actual charges being made, and Phoenix Goddess Temple has released no statement regarding these events. If Phoenix Goddess Temple was simply a house of prostitution with a veneer of religion painted over it, wouldnt they have been closed down by now? Earlier this year the Phoenix New Times called the temples activities New Age prostitution, though the men and women at the temple insist that they are engaged in a higher calling.
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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-13-11 01:07 AM
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1. This is ridiculous.
Back in the '80s, some of the cops in LA used to make a habit of harassing occult store owners with "stories" they'd heard from "informants" that drugs were being sold there. Nice to see they've moved on to full-scale raids in Phoenix.

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