We 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.
A 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.”