Laying Hands On The Faithful: Alleged Serial Rapist Used ChristianMingle To Arrange Dates

Sean+Patrick+BanksWe previously discussed the legal issues raised by ChristianMingle promising the faithful to help find “God’s Choice” for them. It seems unlikely that Sean Patrick Banks, 37, was God’s Choice for an ideal Christian date. He is now accused of raping women that he met through ChristianMingle.com across the country.


Banks reportedly used a fake name to meet a woman in November in California in what police allege is a modus operandi. He is now charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of burglary.

While he is listed as unemployed, he was able to post a bond of $500,000 and was released. Even at ten percent if he used a bondsman, that would be $50,000.

These dating sites often come with a variety of waivers, though few suggest that they are a conduit for God’s dating service.

Christian Mingle screengrabA potential case against ChristianMingle has the added element of a faith-based pitch. Even if the company can avoid a deceptive advertising claim based on their qualification that they merely promise to help in the search for the right Christian, they do have an audience that clearly comes to the site on the strong suggestion that it puts good Christians together. Most participants likely assume that the site does something more than take money and blindly match individuals. In the very least, doesn’t the alleged use of a serial rapist of the site challenge the notion that it is a conduit of God’s divine dating service?

Any lawsuit against ChristianMingle.com could start with Mark 12:17 — “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

SOURCE: ABC

26 thoughts on “Laying Hands On The Faithful: Alleged Serial Rapist Used ChristianMingle To Arrange Dates

  1. I don’t see how they can be liable. It is a free service that offers instant sign up. It has a page called “Be a Safe Dater”.

    Do people really lie on online dating sites?
    Most people are honest. Unfortunately, not everyone is truthful about the information they will give you. Sometimes people lie out of fear of being rejected.

    This type of person may lie about his weight, looks or other physical features. This has to do more with insecurities, in which we all suffer from at one time or another.

    Others may not tell the truth because they do not want something to be uncovered in their life. These people may lie about their job, occupation, income or whether they are seeing someone else.

    Still, some may not be truthful because they are habitual liars. These people will lie about almost anything. Where they live, their occupation and assets.

    Keep your eyes open for people who are being dishonest. Christian relationships are founded on trust and if you can’t trust an individual, then quickly move them out of your search for a potential Christian match.

    Date Safe – Always make sure you meet your first date is in a public place. Bring along a friend if possible. Tell other friends or family where you are going and who you are meeting. Always meet in a neutral place, a public restaurant, movie theater, art museum, always an open place. Use common sense when it comes to safety.

    Everyone knows there are risks to on-line dating. There are risks to meeting in classes too.

  2. rafflaw – Some republiclowns certainly think rape is a legitimate thing to do, to paraphrase their own words.

    Whether Banks is or isn’t christian is irrelevant, the use of religion to promote and sell the site certainly is. But you can be sure the religious will catapult the propaganda and claim that Banks isn’t, or that the site didn’t create the conditions that made it possible.

  3. Kay Sieverding
    “Christian relationships are founded on trust and if you can’t trust an individual, then quickly move them out of your search for a potential Christian match”

    Non Christian relationships are founded on trust too.
    What were relationships founded on two thousand years ago.?
    Trust is not a religion. .

  4. raff, “he can still be a Christian..can’t he?”

    These are tough theological questions. Like “kill a commie for Christ”. I’m still working on that one.

  5. If the case starts going against Christian Mingle, they can always claim “The Lord acts in mysterious ways.” and the victim was being tested by God. Yep, interesting how God’s will seems to coincide quite nicely with personal agendas of people, and I suppose by extension corporations since they are now persons according to some.

  6. Thank God being single is three decades past. The idea of finding someone via the internet seems a bad one to me and since inevitably meeting your internet choice would inevitably lead to a “blind date” makes it worse. As I remember it there was nothing worse than going on a blind date. As for Christian Mingle, I see nothing wrong with the concept per se, save for the false expectations that those who are on it are moral/ethical people. Often being “religious” and being moral/ethical turn out to be antithetical.

  7. “Find G-d’s match for you” ad has been on 2 – 3 times today. If that is their promise then G-d’s match either is a rapist or the site is liable, seems to me.

  8. Since religious people are often fond of saying that God has a plan for us and anti-choice people saying a baby produced through rape is a gift from God maybe this is not a mistake. Maybe God meant for some women to be raped by a guy that this web site chose as “Gods choice”.

    But all you non-believers here just won’t accept that will you? Since He is always watching maybe this is just His kink.

  9. … and the churches condone the idea that I would own a dating service.

    I know that the whores of the earth will come forward, but the church is known as a She…! then, there is the muslim version of the whores. which puts the president right where you need him the most…! which is screwed by god. and the bible said that I would do so. the christians have changed this to fill there own pockets. which would bring Mark 12 : 17 to full bear against the u.s. congress.

    some people call ME the spaghetti monster. so I blessed it with garlic, and beer! I came up with the idea when I was doing Genesis, and the earth was without form, (one, and two). AND YOUR IN A BIGGER MESS NOW. jumpin jupiter now what do you do ! dinner on MY mind, no dinosaurs to make meat balls out of, only six days till dinner, a re prick bratt in misery making a law about the erosion of GOD. who is waiting for JESUS to appear in the clouds, while the erosion against GOD is in full swing in the u.s legislatures, who is also waiting for MY SON to appear in the clouds…! … satan having many heads is at the helm of your legislatures teachings.

    the bible says that every politician will listen to THE PROPHET sent by God. that is written! at last count there was more than two politicians on the earth. so you know that your screwed because the politicians took an oath to GOD, and then listen to satan by denying GODS existence. satan has the protection of the police as written. satan controls the world, and is beautiful.

    everyone that knows genesis 1& 2, knows that the FSM is real!

  10. “Since religious people are often fond of saying that God has a plan for us and anti-choice people saying a baby produced through rape is a gift from God maybe this is not a mistake. Maybe God meant for some women to be raped by a guy that this web site chose as “Gods choice”.

    But all you non-believers here just won’t accept that will you? Since He is always watching maybe this is just His kink.”

    There is a thing called Free will. It was this guy’s free will to be an (alleged) rapist and the site’s inability to keep him away/choose to make money from those who think G-d will only send ‘the one” if you go to this dating site

  11. Pete – no, I was thinking more along the line of a seedy guy in a dirty trench coat at a peep show. Though, given His propensity to cause great suffering, maybe He is a dom and a particularly sadistic one.

  12. Scrollinfg by—pressed for time:

    —–would it have made a difference if the dance was a church-sponsored aciivity? Legally I mean.
    ——he appears to prove that appearances are deceiving. An R on the brow for Rapist, when do we go back to using that punishment? If so, will he grow bangs? Like the syphilitic aristocrats did when adapting wigs.

  13. What brand of cerial does this guy violate? Why do you think he would go to some dating website if he is porking Cheerios? Is it not a contradiction in terms for a Christian to Mingle? Number one: Christ was born without there having been sex between mommie and daddy.

    Given the demand for such websites I suggest that someone open one called: Pork A Chump.Con

  14. Having read now…….
    Kaysiieverdiing.

    There are i suppose things that your friends or your enemies won’t tell you.
    But your lawyer should be obliged to do so.

    My views are one of many you will encounter. Take that into consideration.

    It appears to me that you don’t know people (I don’t either well.) It appears that you think you know law and have presumable pursued your litigation per se.

    Do you understand that you have run afoul of the “injustice system”?
    Do you undersstand that you will never get relief, no matter what you do, after being marked as a troublemaker.

    There are others here who can testify and confirm i.

  15. Number ONE: CHRIST WAS BORN WITHOUT there having been sex between mommie and daddy is not true! IT IS CALLED THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. And in the bible, it says how it was done in one sentence! It is one of the few sentences that weren’t changed, by rewriting changes, and translations. people buy these by the scores trying to find any way to HEAVEN, when it says that I will tell you MYSELF. free of charge! serve GOD! not an other man! could that mean that it was known that THE BIBLE would fall under suspicion.

  16. We had a good porn movie shown at the marina to a crowd of boaters the other night and it was called The Immaculate Conception. It seemed to me that the guy was a bit too organized about the way he went at it and the gal on the other end of the trist was too tidy, cleaning up with hankies and what not. I can not see anyone getting knocked up when people are that immaculate when they conceive. My half blind guy for whom I provide guide dog services has a grandpa named Joseph and a granma named Mary and they both say that half blind guy was a mistake and was born on a wing and a prayer. Blind guys brother says that he poked some holes in some condums but I dont know what he was talking about.

  17. As a marketing tool, it’s hard to beat the word “Christian” among some demographic groups. I recently wrapped up a fraud case involving the solicitation of investors for a “faith-based” scheme. The defendant met most of his victims at his church. The program was based on his faith in their naïveté. He used the money to engage in day trading, with predictable results.

    The advertising should be carefully reviewed, but I doubt that the web site can be held liable unless it has made affirmative representations regarding the screening of members, a mistake it is unlikely to have made.

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