Monday, December 7, 2009

The Church of Fire in Pharr, TX (1980s)

I'm on the search for more information about this, but this is all I got now. This was a church in the late 1980s in Pharr, TX that caused major hysteria in the town and freaked out an alarming amount of parents. One of their major fears was that their child was somehow going to be harmed by this church in some sort of ritualistic ceremony of sorts. I've heard conflicting reports about the nature of this church, some swearing it was a Satanic church while others positive it was a Christian church that was mistaken for a Satanic church due to its name. Jenny Martinez from the local KRGV Channel 5 did a report on the Church of Fire around the the time of this infamous public outcry, and had her house burglarized shorty after the report had aired. Some conspiracy theorists would like to make the claim that the Church of Fire was responsible or that they were in some way connected, but to be honest, I'm not the type to make such an assumption. Dr. Shawn Carlson claims that one of the reasons why the people of Pharr panicked about this Church of Fire is that they "began to hear rumors that blond-haired, blue-eyed children were to be ritually murdered" in the Church of Fire. But, that makes no sense and sounds like a falsehood to me. That rumor might work in a northern Texas town, but I doubt Pharr parents would be scared about hearing such a rumor. I think what would scare Pharr parents the most is that "dark-haired, dark eyed children were to be ritually murdered". That sounds more plausible and makes much more sense given the demographic. All kidding aside, they probably just heard that kids were going to be harmed and no racial or physical distinction was made Dr. Shawn Carlson!

Long story short, the town of Pharr was furious, and the Church of Fire ended up being burned down and destroyed forever. From my limited understanding of this story, no one was ever charged with this act of arson.

Eduardo Martinez