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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-12 03:16 PM
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Man says prayer group leader told him to kill wife

Man says prayer group leader told him to kill wife

By Bill Draper, The Associated Press

Less than three months after he stood as a groomsman in the wedding of two friends he had known since college in Texas, Micah Moore walked into a suburban Kansas City police department and unloaded a dark secret: He had taken the woman's life at the request of her new husband, a charismatic prayer group leader.


Tyler and Bethany Deaton moved to Kansas City in 2009 from Texas to attend a six-month internship at the non-accredited International House of Prayer University. The two had met as freshmen at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, in 2005, and two years later Tyler started a prayer group, a former longtime member of the group told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was afraid of retaliation from Tyler Deaton.

Tyler Deaton was listed at one point as a division coordinator for IHOPU's "friendship groups," but the school said that was a mistake. It issued a statement distancing itself from Tyler Deaton after Moore, a student at IHOPU, was arrested.

"Since Bethany's death it has come to light that over five years ago, both she and Mr. Moore joined an independent, close-knit, religious group in Georgetown, Texas," the school said in a statement. "This religious group of fewer than 20 people was led by Tyler Deaton. They relocated to Kansas City over the last few years and operated under a veil of secrecy."

IHOPU is the educational arm of International House of Prayer of Kansas City, an evangelical Christian group focused on missions and preparation for the end of time.

The Deatons' prayer group had at least two houses, with women living in one and men in another. Bethany Deaton, 27, moved into the men's house with Tyler Deaton after they married in August.

According to the criminal complaint, Moore told police that men in the house began drugging Bethany Deaton and sexually assaulting her soon after she moved in. He said she was seeing a therapist and group members became concerned she would tell the therapist about the assaults.

What kind of man, let alone religious figure, allows people to drug and assault his wife? Gee, I just can't imagine why the poor woman was in therapy.

If this guy was so persuasive, I wonder if he thought of trying to persuade his wife to leave therapy before he persuaded someone to kill her.

Angus Jones begging people not to watch Two and a Half Men, JONAH crazy gay conversion therapy and now this. And it's only Wednesday.

I must have forgotten to put religious nutter week on my calendar again.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-12 04:16 PM
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1. It's OK if it is done in the name of 'G-D.'
I read it somewhere. :sarcasm:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-12 12:59 AM
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3. That is exactly the cult belief.
I worked for a cult once, until I realized it was a cult.

Cult members told me that were taught, and believed, that any behavior that protected the cult, including its leaders, was God's will, which, of course, superseded secular law. It even superseded things that the Bible forbade. I don't know how they convinced folks of that, but they did, no doubt by "interpreting" other Bible verses.

You can see this even in the Catholic Church, in the way child abuse is dismis's vsed or minimized, even today. The minor victims are even portrayed as the aggressors.

When you come up against it, really close, it's horrifying. They can rationalize anything, anything.

Come to think of that, it's really not different from the behavior of any kind of bot, is it? Scary.

Maybe that's why the Bible warns against idolatry. But, the cult to which I referred was all over the idolatry thing, even accusing people of idolatry of their spouses and offspring. Never happened to mention idolatry of the cult or idolatry of the cult's leaders, though.

Again, scary.

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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-12 12:28 PM
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4. I'm surprised they hired an Outsider
When I see the word 'cult', I automatically think of Jim Jones and the Peoples' Temple.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-12 05:15 PM
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2. Incredible!
Puts me in mind of this fabulous book by John Sandford.
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