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Police: Man raped woman he met on Christian dating website
Sean Banks was arrested on suspicion of raping a woman he met on the online dating website, Christianmingle.com.
February 19th, 2013
03:10 PM ET

Police: Man raped woman he met on Christian dating website

By Ben Brumfield, CNN

(CNN) - A California man is accused of raping a woman he met on a Christian dating website - and police fear there may be other victims.

Sean Banks, 37, met the victim on the matchmaking website Christianmingle.com, where he went by the user name "Raritiy," La Mesa Police said in a statement.

Banks used three additional online identities - "Rylan," "Rylan Butterwood" and "Rylan Harbough" - and police said they are concerned "there may have been more cases with other women."

ChristianMingle touts a safety section that includes a warning to avoid contact with members who cannot take "no" for an answer.

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    February 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • Ken Margo

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      February 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • Ken Margo

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      February 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  10. NGB4M

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    February 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  11. lol??

    Socialism is 19th, 20th, and now 21st century mythology, brought to you by the killer A&A's. Any surprise their "wegod" kills too? Their phony servants always end up as bullies, with waivers and all that sort of thing. But what the hey, it's all 'bout equality. bigots

    February 21, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • clarity

      Idiot lol??: "Socialism is 19th, 20th, and now 21st century mythology, brought to you by the killer A&A's. Any surprise their "wegod" kills too? Their phony servants always end up as bullies, with waivers and all that sort of thing. But what the hey, it's all 'bout equality. bigots"

      Face it, idiot – you'll not be happy until you can push your woman back into a cave. Your primitive emotional outburst amounts to nothing since you never provide evidence for your lunatic ideas. It's just more hot air from the bigot that should be looking in the mirror.

      February 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
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      February 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • lol??

      Clarity, you should let your emotions be your servants, not masters. Didn't yer dad teach you that?? bigot

      February 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
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      Further proof that the idiot never backs up his rants. Of course there is nothing to back them up.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
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    • Reality

      "The Two Universal Sects

      They all err—Moslems, Jews,
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      Humanity follows two world-wide sects:
      One, man intelligent without religion,
      The second, religious without intellect. "

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      , born AD 973 /, died AD 1058 / .

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      Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/resalat-al-ghufran#ixzz1lI6DuZmZ and http://www.humanistictexts.org/al_ma'arri.htm

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  17. Uncouth Swain

    @clarity- "During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superst ition, bigotry, and persecution."

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    "Exposure: The contextomy leaves out the crucial part of the sentence which shows that Madison was not arguing against Christianity per se, but against its legal establishment, or the establishment of any religion. Moreover, given that he was writing in 1785, the Christian religion had been "on trial" for almost eighteen, as opposed to fifteen, centuries. Madison was presumably dating the legal establishment of Christianity to the reign of Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, in the early fourth century, that is, "almost fifteen centuries" earlier. Madison's words were taken from a lengthy argument against a specific bill in Virginia's legislature which would have levied a tax in order to financially support the teaching of Christianity, and he argued against such a tax on the grounds that past legal support of Christianity had led to its corruption."

    So if your point in posting that quote to was to speak out against the legal establishment of christianity in the nation...then I agree with you. Was that your point?

    February 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • ..

      Oh, I don't know, maybe to attempt to show why the Founding Fathers wanted the separation of Church and State?

      February 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Actually Tom, the separation of state and church is something I agree with. But when most ppl use the above quote, that isn't their purpose. They are trying to imply that the Founding Father's hated Christianity as a whole when most did not.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • clarity

      And please show me where I said Madison hated Christianity, US. My point was to show that he was upset with extreme views among his fellow Anglicans. So first you were wrong about him being an "old white dude". When he delivered the Memorial and Remonstrance he was a fairly young man – a young man who was furious about the injustice he saw in his fellow Anglicans (as early Episcopals) and how they were persecuting the Baptists in Virginia. I contend that his first-hand experience in Virginia along with the increasing influence of Deism at the time enable him to step back from the extremist Christian view; I contend that those factors helped him turn into one of the fiercest advocates for separation of church and state – helping him realize that the new government could not work if any one religious sect got the upper hand.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • clarity

      For the benefit of others – this post and reply are also on the preceding page.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      clarity- "And please show me where I said Madison hated Christianity, US."

      My apologizes...I wasn't meaning you when I said that. I've seen that quote you used by others whose purpose was to show that they hated Christianity.

      Lol...you are right that he wasn't an old dudes. I said that part in sarcasm.
      But if I may say, you didn't explain your purpose really for all the quotes. Context is important.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • clarity

      The context were these (non-italicized) original paragraphs along with the post by TBT earlier:

      When I read something like what "truth be told" posted below, I realize precisely the kind of religious extremist James Madison was speaking about when he wrote:

      (Madison & Jefferson quotes here – readers – see previous page for original quotes.)

      Thankfully, in the U.S., we have a strong wall of separation between church and state (mostly to the credit of JM & TJ); and thankfully, the more the religious extremists push against the wall, the more the wall stands firm, the more the law is considered and more and more it is applied throughout civic law. So, in an odd way, religious extremists, while dwindling in numbers, are helping government address the overall attempts to circumvent the wall of separation; they are helping us learn how to better apply the ideals brought forth by James Madison in the 1st Amendment. As he reflected:

      (more quotes from Madison here)

      February 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • fred

      Clarity
      It would seem they were oblivious to the potential cult like state of the atheist and secular extremists that have replaced the feared Priests that crucified Christ.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      Is "secular extremist" your new favorite buzzword? Pathetic. You're as useless as ever.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
    • Akira

      Fred: it would seem that they were extremely cognizant of one denomination of Christianity persecuting another denomination; this is patently obvious.
      There is no cult of atheism. That is absurd. And if extreme secularism is the desire to keep religions from trying to codify their beliefs into civil law, then so be it.
      It is obvious that the FF didn't want it then, and we don't want it now.

      February 20, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
    • lol??

      Actually there is a cult of atheism. It began with 1/3 of the angels.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • fintastic

      LOL?? = troll = ignore

      February 21, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • Delicious Guano For All

      Oh, stop bickering children. It's on the decline worldwide. Eventually, it won't be around anymore : )

      February 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
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