Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Religious Freedom in Benton County

You can't make this stuff up. The following is from a press release issued by the City of Siloam Springs, home of John Brown University. For further information contact: Brenda Balk, P.I.O., Siloam Springs Police Department, (479) 238-0973.

"On 11 July 2008, an email began circulating the Siloam Springs and Benton County area of Northwest Arkansas concerning a group self titled "We Want Your Soul". The body of the original email related an incident which occurred on 10 July 2008 in the parking lot of Spring Valley apartments and concerned a woman who was approached by two well dressed men who began asking questions concerning her religion, her financial status and ultimately asking her to "sell her soul". Police responded to the area of the incident that evening and were unable to locate the two men or their vehicle.

"The two men were described as white males in their late 50's or early 60's, well dressed wearing business suits with a briefcase. …The vehicle was described as late model champagne colored Lexus, unknown registration.

"Since the initial incident and police response, there have been no additional reports from citizens, concerning this group within the Siloam Springs area. Siloam Springs Police have received several phone calls from citizens concerning the email, and variations of rumors surrounding the original email and incident.

"Preliminary information concerning the intent of the group "We Want Your Soul" is limited at this time. While the group name obviously "shocks the sensibilities" the criminal intent remains undetermined. Citizens are asked to contact the Siloam Springs Police Department immediately at (479) 524-4118 if you are contacted by someone from this group."

No information was provided on the market rate.

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