Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘fostered distrust’ of secular authority – royal commission counsel

Angus Stewart said the Jehovah’s Witnesses received about three or four reports of child abuse allegations a month. Photograph: Jill Fromer/Getty Images

Church’s response to child sexual abuse fell short of best practice, says Angus Stewart QC in his damning submission, published on Tuesday A damning submission to the royal commission on child sexual abuse has recommended 77 adverse findings against the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Australia. It was open to the commission … Continue reading

Ben Carson’s Conversion Circus.

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By Daniel Burke The dirty little secret about religious conversion stories There’s a strange resemblance between religious conversion stories and weight-loss ads: both rely on astutely edited “before” and “after” images. To sell slimming products, the camera first shows a man facing forward, flaunting his flabby gut and lumpy love handles. … Continue reading

Monk charged with child prostitution after bribing, abusing novices

Phnom Penh (dpa) – A senior monk in western Cambodia who confessed to sexually abusing 10 novices and then paying them to keep quiet and is to stand trial for child prostitution, police said Wednesday. He gave the novices aged 11 to 17 between 50,000 and 100,000 riels (12.50 to … Continue reading

Hearing set in state suit against Jehovah’s Witnesses elders

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Judge mulls constitutionality of child abuse reporting law WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A state lawsuit against elders of a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation has prompted a judge to question the constitutionality of a Delaware law mandating the reporting of suspected child abuse. The attorney general’s office is suing elders of the … Continue reading

Catholic Church collects $1.6 billion in U.S. contracts, grants since 2012

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  Not to be lost in the pomp and circumstance of Pope Francis’ first visit to Washington is the reality that the Catholic Church he oversees has become one of the largest recipients of federal largesse in America. The Church and related Catholic charities and schools have collected more than … Continue reading

Jehovah’s Witnesses can hide the truth to protect religion

By Trey Bundy / September 23, 2015 On a Friday morning in August, one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses top leaders sat before an Australian government commission investigating whether the organization hid child sexual abuse from secular authorities. That Geoffrey Jackson, one of the seven members of the religion’s Governing Body, … Continue reading

Rabbi arrested for molesting students

  A rabbi from a Jerusalem yeshiva was arrested after one of the pupils filed a complaint saying he was molested for five years, Hebrew-language media reported on Thursday. The 19-year-old victim claimed other pupils at the religious academy were also abused by the rabbi, according to the Ynet news … Continue reading

Baptist Pastor’s Sexual Abuse of a Child Leads to Victim’s Suicide as an Adult and Lawsuit

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DALLAS, Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Carla Sweet and Ed Gomez of Dallas, Texas, filed suit today in Dallas, Texas, state court against First Baptist Church of Rockwall: seeking justice for their son, John “Jeremy” Sweet-Gomez, who was repeatedly sexually abused by a Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of … Continue reading

Has NXIVM been taking lessons from Scientology?

Ex-confidant of founder says group scanned fiscal records of six federal judges, Schumer and others Albany Times Union By Brendan J. Lyons Sunday, September 20, 2015 Albany A former close confidant of Keith Raniere, founder of the NXIVM corporation, claims top officials in the secretive organization used a Canadian investigative firm … Continue reading

South America has become a safe haven for the Catholic Church’s alleged child molesters

Jennifer’s memories were scattered and fleeting. They came suddenly, triggered by a smell or a glimpse of light dappled through stained glass. The aroma of freshly baked mince pies repulsed her nostrils. Scented candles, like the ones in the small San Antonio, Texas church she attended as an elementary school … Continue reading

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