PNG cult leader ‘Black Jesus’ killed by mob

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An infamous cult leader known as "Black Jesus", who was suspected of cannibalism, has been chopped to death in a remote Papua New Guinea village, reports said.


Steven Tari, a convicted rapist, had been on the run since escaping from a prison in Madang in the Pacific nation's east during a mass break-out with 48 others in March this year.

Sylvester Kalaut, the Madang police chief, said on Friday that Tari and one of his followers were killed at a village about 20km outside Madang on Thursday as they were attacking a young woman.

"He is now dead and this could be the fate of the others who are also on the run from authorities and I am warning and strongly urging those escapees to surrender themselves to authorities," Kalaut told the PNG Post-Courier.

Tari, a failed Lutheran pastor who was widely known as Black Jesus, was found guilty in 2010 of raping girls who belonged to his Christian-based sect and sentenced to up to 10 years.


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  1. Charming,just charming.We women feel so safe having godly men around to protect us from a frightening world. I am sure Bathsheba was very much indebted to King David when he took time away from matters of state to see if she was coping well with Uriah away, fighting.

    Lot’s daughters also I am sure, felt cared for by their father who wanted to send them out to be raped.Hagar also,when having given birth to Ishmael was kicked out and had to fend for herself and her child. So many shining examples of love and caring in the good book.

    And following in the footsteps of the mighty men of god we find other mighty men of god,like Steven Tari,with a cult following of about 6000 people.

    God’s ways are not our ways.Thank goodness.So this poor excuse for a human being is dead. No great loss.

  2. Steven Tari, a convicted rapist, had been on the run since escaping from a prison in Madang in the Pacific nation’s east during a mass break-out with 48 others in March this year.

    Sylvester Kalaut, the Madang police chief, said on Friday that Tari and one of his followers were killed at a village about 20km outside Madang on Thursday as they were attacking a young woman.

    As it seems the authorities cannot keep these criminals behind bars, the villagers seem to have protected their women folk. (and made sure he will not rise from the dead!)

  3. I’m not sure what the point of this article being on this site is.

    A rapist was killed by outraged citizens in the act of attempting another rape. Probably not a bad thing, on balance, although (in countries closer to home, at least) there could be objection to the people pre-empting the due process of the Law.

    That he was a “failed Lutheran pastor” puts him into a very diverse group, containing, among others (although their genres of God-bothering differed), Stalin and Darwin.

    I think that blaming God for psychopathology like this is not really doing a service to our cause. Evil can exist equally well with or without God, as illustrated by a spectrum from Torquemada to Pol Pot. Blaming Him for evil, just as giving him credit for good, or for creating the world and its wonders, just helps to reify Him.

    • In reply to #9 by tnah.crammada:

      I’m not sure what the point of this article being on this site is…

      That he was a “failed Lutheran pastor” puts him into a very diverse group, containing, among others (although their genres of God-bothering differed), Stalin and Darwin.

      Not sure it does even that. Darwin would have been an Anglican (a very common career for sons of landed gentry, since it allowed them to pursue their scientific pastimes) and Stalin would have been Orthodox.

      What fails you as a Lutheran? I don’t know.

    • In reply to #9 by tnah.crammada:

      @OP -Tari, a failed Lutheran pastor who was widely known as Black Jesus, was found guilty in 2010 of raping girls who belonged to his Christian-based sect and sentenced to up to 10 years.

      That he was a “failed Lutheran pastor” puts him into a very diverse group, containing, among others (although their genres of God-bothering differed), Stalin and Darwin.

      The point you are missing is that the abuse was within his sect.

      Darwin did not abuse anyone. Stalin abused competitor fellow revolutionary communists. – Nothing to do with groups or other views of gods.

      I think that blaming God for psychopathology like this is not really doing a service to our cause.

      The blame is surely in the nature of the sect. It is the people who are to blame. Their version of god is just the delusion in their heads. Some delusions are more destructive than others.

      Evil can exist equally well with or without God, as illustrated by a spectrum from Torquemada to Pol Pot. Blaming Him for evil, just as giving him credit for good, or for creating the world and its wonders, just helps to reify Him.

      The article is about effects god-delusions – not external views of irrelevant gods or concepts of “evil”!

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