Moral apex: Gee, we can’t decide whether it’s his arrest — less than four months after his wedding day — for texting a 14-year-old girl to ask her to have sex with him, or preaching the gospel of “abstinence only” (which, if you don’t know by now, causes more harm in the movement to prevent teenage pregnancies than it’s ever done any good).
The dirt: Busted October 2, 2009, and charged with sexual indecency with a child, a felony, after the girl’s daddy found text messages from Lyons on his daughter’s cell phone.
The kicker: The girl was attending the school-sponsored program, called Reality Check, designed “to help promote abstinence from sex, drugs and alcohol.” Her father even attended the first session with her, touring “the facility and [meeting] the staff, including Tobias Lyons. Then, he found out the same man he trusted was asking his 14 year old daughter for sex.” [KFSM.com]
What’s worse: “This young girl wasn’t the only victim. Lyons also admitted to asking another underage girl to send him nude pictures on his cell phone, which she did.” [KFSM.com]
What’s much, much worse: One of his young victims attempted suicide.
Even more hypocrisy: Both Tobias and his wife are Facebook “fans” of Charles D. “Chuck” Pierce, one of those “prophetic” End-of-Timers who claims he “is used by God to intercede and mobilize prayer throughout the world. He is an ordained minister and serves as President of Glory of Zion Int’l Ministries in Denton, TX.” Oooooo-kay. To get the full flavor of flaky fruitiness, take a look at Chuck’s main Web site.
Where things stand as of October 7, 2009: Lyons is roaming free on $25,000 bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years in prison.
According to Reality Check’s website — currently yanked — Reality Check is an “abstinence education program operated by Tree of Life Preventive Health Maintenance, Inc.” According to Tree of Life’s website — also yanked — Tree of Life is, “a Christian organization that promotes healthy living in our community.” Lyons met both the girls he’s accused of getting indecent with while teaching at a public school in Fort Smith. Your tax dollars at work.
— Dan Savage
October 5, 2009
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Lyons:
And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
— Malachi 2:13-15
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