The parade of hypocrisy, delusion and evil on the part of "godly Christians" just seems to continue non-stop. News reports out of Missouri bring perhaps the most bizarre story yet: an "ex-gay" ordering the murder of his wife after involving her in sex orgy rituals and having sex with male members of his "prayer group" which appears to be affiliated with the International House of Prayer, a "charismatic movement" headed by the virulently anti-gay Pastor Lou Engle. Frankly, I'm not totally surprised inasmuch as anyone who has claimed to be "ex-gay' is suffering from delusions and has obvious psychological/emotional health issues. Here are excerpts from the Kansas City Star concerning Tyler Deaton, supposed "ex-gay" and his "Christian" cult:
Tyler Deaton gathered his followers one more time to his wife’s Kansas City funeral. It was Nov. 6, and they wept for Bethany Deaton, dead at 27. They chose this spot, a Longview Lake funeral home, looking out its picture windows on the same serene water where, by all appearances, Bethany had gone to take her own life a week before.
While Deaton spoke in calm and assuring tones, at least one of his closest inner circle apparently was starting to come undone. Three days later, investigators say, 23-year-old Micah Moore would go to police and uncork the terrible secrets that allegedly occurred over several months at a Grandview home where Deaton and other members of his religious group lived.
Witnesses told of a clan of young adults making sex part of their religious experience, of men in the group sexually assaulting Bethany over months, and of Deaton’s role as their “spiritual leader.” But Moore’s darkest admission, according to court records, was that Deaton feared Bethany was about to reveal the group’s secrets.
Moore confessed that he had murdered Bethany and tried to make it look like suicide, and, according to court documents, he said Deaton told him to do it.
Deaton and several others graduated in May 2009 and migrated to Kansas City to continue their religious exploration at the International House of Prayer’s booming school and ministry for missionaries. Bethany went, too. The parent who saw them as innocent followers watched them go as young people of strong faith, imagining lives as missionaries.
One of his group’s stark positions on Scripture was that homosexuality was wrong. Deaton’s stance against it weighed heavily because members said he had “struggled with being gay.”
“He struggled with it, but he overcame it,” a member of his group at Southwestern said. “It was a victory.”
Bethany was sexually assaulted over a period of months while drugged with someone else’s prescription anti-psychotic, witnesses in the house told authorities. This was happening, the witnesses alleged, in a period of time that male members in the house were involved in sexual relationships with Deaton, one saying it was part of a “religious experience.”
The statements unfolded with Moore allegedly saying that people in the group feared Bethany was about to tell her therapist about the assaults, and that he killed her with the plastic bag over her head at Longview Lake. He did it, his statement to detectives said, because Deaton told him he knew Moore “had it in him to do it.”