"The truth is ugly so we put our prophets in prison." Charles Manson
Maybe that's why Bible study is so popular in the joint, eh?
Here is a list of 10 religious leaders (some may even call them prophets) who did time behind bars: ---
7. Matthew Hale
White supremacist church leader Matthew Hale was sentenced to 40 years in prison for trying to have a federal judge killed.
The best part of this story is that during his sentencing hearing he recited the Star-Spangled Banner. Ahhh, a man who loves his God AND his country. How could somebody like this ever end up in prison?
6. Charles Manson
Mr. Helter Skelter orchestrated some of the grisliest murders in our nation's memory.
That's what happens when a wackaloon gains control of a cult. If anyone ever truly personified evil, Charlie deserves that honor.
5. Sun Myung Moon
Founder of the Unification Church, Sun Myung Moon was imprisoned for a year after being convicted of tax evasion in 1982.
Just another man of God who is really good at getting people to give him money.
4. Jacques Robidoux
Jacques Robidoux is one of the most baffling cases of religious fanaticism that has ever landed a "prophet" in prison. As a leader of a Massachusetts cult called "The Body," Robidoux let his own son die because he believed he was being tested by God. Or Satan. Or whatever.
This sad, sad headline from boston.com says it all:
Religious sect member convicted of murder in starvation of son
3. Tony Alamo
This freaky-deaky dude was convicted of sexual abuse of children. He was reportedly a strong supporter of polygamy and of the FLDS Church formerly led by Warren Jeffs. So, it's really no surprise that they both ended up behind bars.
If you want to read something sickening, see this story about the perverted prophet by the Huffington Post: Tony Alamo, Evangelist, Sentenced To 175 Years For Sex Crimes
2. Henry Lyons
Henry Lyons, former president of the National Baptist Convention, was sent to prison for stealing millions.
Later, as a free man, he tried to regain control of the convention and even filed a lawsuit against it.
1. Howard Douglas Porter
Friends sometimes kill friends if enough cash is at stake. Just because your friend happens to be a preacher, really doesn't mean much.
At least not after you read this bizarre tale about Howard Douglas Porter: Preacher Found Guilty Of Murdering Rancher
"You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Now everybody's crazy."
Because we began with a quote from the prophetic Mr. Manson, it seemed appropriate to end with one, too.
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What do you think about these prophets who went to prison? Why do so many religious leaders turn out to be whack jobs? Tell us in the comments.