Tough Love at Christian Boot Camp

Holy hell, what is going on at this place?

The director of a Christian boot camp and an employee were arrested Friday for allegedly dragging a 15-year-old girl behind a van after she fell behind the group during a morning run, authorities said.

Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of San Antonio-based Love Demonstrated Ministries, a 32-day boot camp, were arrested on aggravated assault charges for the alleged June 12 incident.

The two are accused of tying the girl to the van with a rope then dragging her, according to an arrest affidavit filed Wednesday by the Nueces County Sheriff’s Department.

Flowers, the camp’s director, allegedly ordered Bassitt to run alongside the girl after she fell behind, the affidavit said. When the girl stopped running, Bassitt allegedly yelled at her and pinned her to the ground while Flowers tied the rope to her, according to the affidavit.

What type of camp is the *so*-not-aptly-named “Love Demonstrated Ministries”?

… Love Demonstrated Ministries (LDMI), is a faith-based organization which focuses on youth offenders, gang members, and high risk youth. Over the past three years, 135 of 165 young offenders entering its Life Skills and Parenting Camp have graduated from LDMI, a success rate of 82 percent.

I learned that from the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which supports the organization (via Pandagon).

Hopefully, this is an isolated incident, but you wonder how many reports like this were covered up or ignored. When it comes to Christian camp counselors versus gang members, who is more likely to be listened to…?

(Thanks to Primate in Repose for the link!)


[tags]atheist, atheism, Christian, Charles Eugene Flowers, Stephanie Bassitt, Love Demonstrated Ministries, Nueces County Sheriff’s Department, White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives[/tags]


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