Born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, in 1958, Avalos attended the Church of God, a Pentecostal church. He said as a child he had powerful "spiritual experiences," which he now says were caused by socio-psychological factors.
Avalos moved to Glendale, Ariz., to live with his grandmother when he was 7 years old. He became a child preacher, speaking about God before congregations of hundreds of people.
"We talked about sin and salvation," Avalos said. "That you needed to be saved because Jesus died for your sins, and it will help you transform your life. We were against abortion. We were against pre-marital sex. We were against homosexuality. We were against rock 'n' roll."
Question: When Hector applied to Harvard, did he, in the interests of full disclosure, put that on his application form? Did he inform the Admissions Office about his career as a Pentecostal boy preacher who used to denounce homosexuality, premarital sex, abortion, and rock music? Or did he withhold that type of information? Somehow I doubt that's the kind of thing he'd include in his college resume. But he's welcome to prove me wrong. After all, I'm sure he didn't apply under false pretenses, right?