The latest attraction in Gatlinburg tops anything conjured up by the Ripley’s Believe It or Not schlockmeisters. The Mountain Press brings the glad tidings of a seven year old boy preacher who stands on the streets of that exalted hamlet and informs people that they are going straight to hell if they don’t repent.
Some of us think that spending time in Gatlinburg and going to hell are redundant, but that’s beside the point.
Samuel Boutwell appears to be the latest version of Marjoe, the (in)famous boy preacher turned adult evangelical charlatan whose 1972 documentary won an Oscar. Young Brother Boutwell, so far, seems limited to several clips on YouTube. Samuel is from Brookhaven, Mississippi, has allegedly preached in New York at Ground Zero, and is home schooled–no surprise there.
Lord, Lord, you cannot make this stuff up.