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KKK, House of Prayer: Free Rev. Allen

5:02 PM, Nov 3, 2003   |    comments
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A White supremacy group is joining a predominantly Black Baptist church in demanding a controversial church leader be freed from prison. Members of the Ku Klux Klan and House of Prayer parishioners will be marching side by side outside the Fulton County Courthouse Monday. The rally is in protest to Reverend Arthur Allen being sentenced for probation violation and allowing two children to be whipped in front of the House of Prayer congregation. The KKK and House of Prayer also marched together in late September to support the Ten Commandments being displayed in a Barrow County courthouse. The two groups rallied outside of the courthouse in question, defying the division of church and state. "There was a time when the corrupt Ku Klux Klan was bombing churches, let's put it that way...there are some (Klan) groups out there that have lost direction. Basically our organization is here to stand up for Christianity and whatever that includes, that's what we're going to do," said J.J. Harper, the rally's organizer. Allen received a two-year prison sentence after a five-month stint he spent on the run from the law, thus violating the terms of his probation. A DeKalb County judge convicted Allen, along with two of his parishioners, Sharon Duncan and David Duncan, last January on charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to children. The charges stemmed from the whipping of two boys in front of the House of Prayer congregation in 2001. Allen and the Duncans -- who are married and parents of one of the boys in the whipping incident -- were declared fugitives last March when they failed to show up for a scheduled hearing. Authorities reported that the Allens and the Duncans had taken off with their children. Allen had already completed serving a previous 90-day jail sentence.

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