Public message # 1711 CULT_WATCH ECHO Entered 10:17 Friday 18-Jan-91 To: Chris Ande

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Public message # 1711 CULT_WATCH ECHO Entered 10:17 Friday 18-Jan-91 From: Ammond Shadowcraft on 1:128/50 To: Chris Anderson Re: Pastor Robs Banks to Pay for Sex!! Chris seems fond of claiming that I am obsessed by sex I'll let this Usenet posting to Clarion News answer his somewhat skewed claim. [Jeez, Chris it's kinda' hard _not_ to notice this stuff as it comes across the nets. B^) It is another addition of my numerous supported claims that the Christian religious scheme is *inherently*sexually* unhealthy.] Xref: pa.dec.com clari.news.interest.quirks:1528 clari.news.religion Path: pa.dec.com!decwrl!uunet!lll-winken!looking!clarinews From: clarinews@clarinet.com Newsgroups: clari.news.interest.quirks,clari.news.religion Subject: Minister accused of robbing banks Keywords: quirks, human interest, organized religion, religion, criminal proceedings, legal Message-ID: Date: 11 Jan 91 13:36:46 GMT Lines: 53 Approved: clarinews@clarinet.com ACategory: usa Slugword: minister-bankrob Priority: daily Format: daily ANPA: Wc: 523; Id: a0513; Sel: na--a; Adate: 1-11-840aes Codes: ynhodxx., ynrodxx., ynladxx. DETROIT (UPI) -- A minister at a church in the affluent Detroit suburb of Beverly Hills is charged of committing a string of bank robberies, reportedly so he could pay prostitutes and call girls for sex. The Rev. Roy Alan Yanke, pastor of Covenant Alliance Church, was arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court on two counts of unarmed bank robbery. Each of the charges carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. FBI agents said Yanke, 37, of Berkley, robbed two banks Wednesday -- the Huntington Bank in Warren of $1,050 and the Manufacturers National Bank in Bloomfield Township of $1,350. According to an FBI affidavit, Yanke confessed to having robbed 14 banks in Oakland, Washtenaw, Macomb and Wayne counties, including the Sept. 13, 1989, stickup of a Comerica Bank branch just a few blocks from his church. Investigators at two Detroit-area law enforcement agencies said Yanke, under questioning, told them that sex was the motive for the robberies, according to a report in Friday's Detroit News. The minister told police he used the money -- about $50,000 taken in all the robberies -- to satisfy his ``tremendous appetite for sex,'' the newspaper reported. ``I wish I could say he spent it to save his church, but after he was arrested, he said he spent it all on sex -- from Eight Mile (Road) hookers to high-class call girls,'' said one police official, who asked that his name not be used. FBI Special Agent John Anthony said while Yanke was charged in only two bank robberies, authorities suspect he is the man police dubbed the ``bearded robber'' in 12 other holdups. ``His picture was taken in several robberies and his (procedure) and the description of him and his car is the same in the others,'' Anthony said. Yanke was released on $50,000 unsecured bond after his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Virginia Morgan pending a Jan. 30 preliminary examination in federal court. His wife, Deborah, said she would be responsible for his behavior. Yanke was arrested after FBI agents and police from four suburban communities converged on his church shortly after the holdup at the Manufacturers Bank branch in nearby Bloomfield Township. Police said the suspect walked up to a teller about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and calmly opened a manila folder he was carrying. Inside was a note demanding money. He showed no weapon, police said, but held a hand in his pocket as if he had a pistol. The frightened teller gave the suspect a handful of cash and the man quickly strode out the door. The teller set off an alarm alerting police. When officers arrived, several witnesses provided them with the license plate number of the getaway car. Officers said they traced the car to a Royal Oak car rental agency, and they found the car in the church parking lot. Church members expressed shock at the charges against their minister. Yanke's church has about 100 members. Officials at Alliance Church headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., had no comment on the arrest. The denomination has about 266,000 members. Public message # 2765 CULT_WATCH ECHO Entered 12:14 Saturday 19-Jan-91 From: Chris Anderson on 1:104/114.1 To: Ammond Shadowcraft Re: Pastor Robs Banks to Pay for Sex!! > Chris seems fond of claiming that I am obsessed by sex I'll > let this Usenet posting to Clarion News answer his somewhat > skewed claim. [Jeez, Chris it's kinda' hard _not_ to notice > this stuff as it comes across the nets. B^) It is another > addition of my numerous supported claims that the Christian > religious scheme is *inherently*sexually* unhealthy.] Well, we now know there are least two individuals with obsessions along these lines. Has this proved anything else? If this fellow hadn't been the so-called pastor of a church, it would have been reported as "Bank Robber Caught", and no one would have known one way or another what his religious affiliations were. Were it not for the apparant "irony" of the situation, it would never have reported thus. You've gone out of your way to establish a statistically useless collection of anecdotal information that wouldn't withstand the scrutiny of evaluation. What you have collected doesn't support or refute your basic contention. What was, again, inherently wrong with what occurred was this fellow's understanding and application of the Gospel. It'd be easy to see where he'd run amok after a brief interview, and I'm sure it would have little if anything to do with his religious beliefs. Given the statistical likelihood of someone claiming to be a Christian in this society (whether they actually believe or attempt to apply its teachings), I suppose we might as well say that the Christian faith breeds every manner of evil more than any other faith in the country. Of course, this is an invalid application of a sampling method, and you're at it again... but I'm sure you'll not be dissuaded from it in the future. Meanwhile, work on your own obsession for a while. My sexual life is perfectly happy, as are those of many other Christians, and therefore, your contention is proven invalid by more cases than are necessary to make the point. There is nothing *inherently* problematic about sexuality and Christianity in the mix unless one doesn't make any attempt to put them together in a consistent system of belief and practice. Obviously, this guy hadn't. I can almost predict what manner of "Christian upbringing" this fellow had, and where it strayed from the Gospel. No, he isn't unique - and you'll no doubt continue to receive fodder for your misguided list of incidents. I'm long past trying to ask you to take an honest approach to the topic.

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