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Warren Jeffs , paedophile preacher, writes rulebook for sect followers from prison

Warren Jeffs , paedophile preacher, writes rulebook for sect followers from prison | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Jeffs, 55, is serving a life prison term in Texas after being convicted of sexually assaulting two girls he wed as spiritual brides when they were 12 and 14 years old.
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Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think

Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

One hypothesis for the origin of religion is that it's a kind of "costly signaling" - a way for people to prove their loyalty to the group by participating in complex rituals and extravagant shows of devotion. But there's an underappreciated danger to this: when everyone in a community already follows a strict interpretation of faith, religious belief will have a tendency to spiral out of control into extremism, as group members go to greater and greater lengths to express their piety. And when religion grows more and more fanatical, while it's bad for everyone forced to live under its dictates, it's inevitably women who suffer the most.

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Fears for Australian man facing 500 lashes - Religion and Beliefs - NZ Herald News

Fears for Australian man facing 500 lashes - Religion and Beliefs - NZ Herald News | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Grave fears are held for the survival of an Australian man sentenced to 500 lashes and a year's jail for blasphemy during a pilgrimage to Islam's holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

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Faith-Healing Child Killers Sentenced to Prison

Faith-Healing Child Killers Sentenced to Prison | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Dale Hickman and Shannon Hickman had a baby son who was born prematurely and who died shortly after birth. You probably shouldn't feel sorry for them, though, because their newborn son had a 99.9 chance of survival if they had only gotten him to a hospital. Instead they had the birth at home and decided to pray over the boy instead of seeking medical help.

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