I know it’s a touchy subject when certain religious teachings are described as mental abuse or child abuse.
That said, harassment laws in Britain currently do not protect children from threats of damnation, torture, and hellfire. Those threats — potentially psychologically damaging — are allowed due to the safety net of religion. It’s safe to say if religion were not involved, punishments would be given out immediately.
Nicola Holt is asking residents of the U.K. to sign a petition which reads as follows:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to update harassment laws to prohibit religious bullying aimed at children.
Within a couple days of being posted, the number of signatories is nearly at that threshold. If you’re from England, you can put it over the top.
You can find out more about the petition and why it exists at Nicola’s website, Stop the Nightmares.