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Why do Christians believe the Lord has commanded them to hit children?

Why do Christians believe the Lord has commanded them to hit children? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

I got this information on Christian spanking sent to me from the author of, The Pink Swastika, Scott Lively, after I sent him an article on a child being ‘spanked’ to death by her parents. Scott had this to say on spanking...

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Priest admits to 280 instances of sexual abuse

Priest admits to 280 instances of sexual abuse | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A Catholic priest admitted in a German court today to sexually abusing three boys over eight years, including one he was preparing for his first communion and two brothers during trips that included Disneyland in Paris, German media reported.

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Tainted Saint: Mother Teresa Defended Pedophile Priest

Tainted Saint: Mother Teresa Defended Pedophile Priest | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The death of journalist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens last month gave those familiar with his work a chance to revisit one of his more controversial subjects: the Albanian nun Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, better known to the world as Mother Teresa. In his 1997 book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, Hitchens argued that the "Saint of Calcutta," who founded and headed the international Missionaries of Charity order, enjoyed undeserved esteem.

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BishopAccountability.org - Documenting the Catholic Sexual Abuse and Financial Crisis

BishopAccountability.org - Documenting the Catholic Sexual Abuse and Financial Crisis | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Documenting the Abuse Crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a matter of public record that U.S. bishops have knowingly transferred thousands of abusive priests into unsuspecting parishes and dioceses, placing fear of "scandal" ahead of the welfare of children. The bishops themselves have apologized for what they call their "mistake," but they say nothing about the crucial actions that constitute accountability.

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Conn. university, Jesuits sued over man’s sex abuse of poor Haitian children and young adults

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Seventeen Haitian men are suing Fairfield University in Connecticut, the Society of Jesus and others alleging they failed to protect them from a man who sexually abused them when they were poor children or young adults attending a school he founded in Haiti.

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Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal

Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Before he became pope, Benedict XVI held a position that had authority over abuse cases but did not assert it for many years.
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SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).
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2 Shocking Attacks on Atheism -- And How Atheists Fought Back | AlterNet

2 Shocking Attacks on Atheism -- And How Atheists Fought Back | AlterNet | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
In the last few years atheists have become seriously organized, mobilized, visible, vocal and unapologetic about their atheism.
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Religion and Child Abuse

Religion and Child Abuse | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The convergence of two news stories should be a wakeup call to alert us to the fact that there is a brutal movement in America that legitimizes child abuse in the name of God.

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The Religious Sex Abuse Epidemic

The Religious Sex Abuse Epidemic | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Sexually repressive religions suffer numerous allegations of sexual abuse, which makes sense when you consider the effect that their scripture might have on normal sexual behavior.
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Bishop Indicted; Charge Is Failing to Report Abuse

Bishop Indicted; Charge Is Failing to Report Abuse | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A bishop in the Roman Catholic Church has been indicted for failure to report suspected child abuse, the first time in the 25-year history of the church’s sex abuse scandals that the leader of an American diocese has been held criminally liable for the behavior of a priest he supervised.

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'No Belgian church escaped sex abuse', finds investigation - Telegraph

'No Belgian church escaped sex abuse', finds investigation  - Telegraph | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Child sex abuse by clergy or church workers has taken place in every Roman Catholic congregation in Belgium, according to an independent commission investigating paedophilia allegations.
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Religion In Childhood: Evil Beyond Measure.

Religion In Childhood: Evil Beyond Measure. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A staggeringly low percentage of parents raise their children in a secular household, especially in North America. Whether its ghosts, alien conspiracies, or (worst of all) religion, they all share the same groundwork of ingraining the notion of supernatural forces on Earth- none of which have any validity.

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Road to Recovery: non-profit counseling & referral services to survivors of clergy sexual abuse

Road to Recovery: non-profit counseling & referral services to survivors of clergy sexual abuse | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Welcome to the website of Road to Recovery, the only non-profit organization in the United States that offers compassionate counseling and referral services to survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Founded by two priest advocates, Fr. Robert M. Hoatson and Fr. Kenneth E. Lasch (himself a survivor of abuse), Road to Recovery assists survivors with their emotional, psychological, financial, and spiritual needs as they attempt to recover from the effects of clergy sexual abuse.

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So This Is Christian Love? | Friendly Atheist

So This Is Christian Love? | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

In the aftermath of Jessica Ahlquist winning her legal battle against Cranston High School West, a number of Christians (and run-of-the-mill trolls) have resorted to threatening her and verbally abusing her on Facebook, Twitter, and even the comment sections of various news sites.

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Church sex abuse widespread – and leaders knew about it - Scotsman.com

Thousands of children suffered sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions over the past 65 years and church officials knew about the abuse but failed to stop it or help victims because they feared sparking scandals, according to a long-awaited report published yesterday.

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Parents Had Man Beat Child: Teen Beaten By Man From Parents' Church, Officials Report

Parents Had Man Beat Child: Teen Beaten By Man From Parents' Church, Officials Report | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
IRVINE, Calif. -- An Irvine couple who suspected their 15-year-old son of smoking turned to a man believed to be relied on in their church to violently discipline children, authorities said.
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ICC Vatican Prosecution | Center for Constitutional Rights

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Clergy Victims File International Criminal Court Complaint: Case Charges Vatican Officials with ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

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Seattle Archdiocese accused of not stopping abuse

Seattle Archdiocese accused of not stopping abuse | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

SEATTLE — Seven men have sued the Archdiocese of Seattle, saying it and a Catholic order didn't stop two clergymen from abusing them at a high school and church-run orphanage from the 1950s into the 1970s.

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Catholic Priest Abuse: U.S. Statistics and the Bishops' Response

Catholic Priest Abuse: U.S. Statistics and the Bishops' Response | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Catholic abuse cases from the last half century have come to light in recent years. How widespread is the problem, and what are U.S. Bishops doing about it?
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Bishops Are Behind the 'Let Women Die' Act and the Push Against Birth Control--Even As They're Under Fire for Sex Abuse Scandals | Belief | AlterNet

Bishops Are Behind the 'Let Women Die' Act and the Push Against Birth Control--Even As They're Under Fire for Sex Abuse Scandals | Belief | AlterNet | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The first bishop in the US is indicted for child sex-abuse coverup; meanwhile, his colleagues push for laws that will intrude on our sexual freedom.
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