Article Reveals How Far Leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses Will Go to Cover Up Child Sexual Abuse Within the Church

When it comes to covering up abuse, Jehovah’s Witnesses are rivaling the Catholic Church, if not the Orthodox Jewish community in New York.

Trey Bundy of the Center for Investigative Reporting has a long and detailed expose of the policies used by JW church leaders that shows just how horribly they handle abuse cases, going so far as to tell local spiritual leaders “to form confidential committees to handle potential criminal matters internally” rather than going to the police.

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There’s Another Man?!

She never should have said His name:

(via the New Yorker)

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Glad They Cleared Up That Mistake…

Boyd W. Thomas wrote a letter to the editor of the Lexington Dispatch (North Carolina) that’s just gloriously weird. It begins like this:

God states that seven kings must come before the rise of the Antichrist. Revelations 17:10 says the seventh king will reign for a short amount of time. Is Barack Obama the seventh king?

I guess when the article ran, though, the headline said something like “Is Obama the Antichrist?” Which caused the editors to have to correct their mistake in an even more memorable way:

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Fifty Shades of Grey Just Beat Out Passion of the Christ for Biggest February Opening Day Ever

If Christians weren’t already flipping out over Fifty Shades of Grey, this should do it:

Universal is reporting a Friday estimate of $30.2M for Fifty Shades Of Grey, making it the highest February opening day ever, beating Newmarket’s Passion Of The Christ which opened on Ash Wednesday 2004 with $26.6M.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Mother Who Attempted to Heal Her Daughter’s Cancer with Prayer

In early 2002, a doctor told 15-year-old Jessica Crank she needed to go to an emergency room because of what was later diagnosed as Ewing’s Sarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor. Instead of doing that, her mother Jacqueline Crank turned to Jesus.

Jessica died later that year.

Tennessee law has a section with definitions for aggravated child abuse and neglect that includes a religious exemption:

Nothing in this part shall be construed to mean a child is abused, neglected, or endangered, or abused, neglected or endangered in an aggravated manner, for the sole reason the child is being provided treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone, in accordance with the tenets or practices of a recognized church or religious denomination by a duly accredited practitioner of the recognized church or religious denomination, in lieu of medical or surgical treatment.

Because a trial court judge said Jacqueline Crank didn’t qualify for this exemption (since a duly accredited practitioner didn’t provide the spiritual treatment), she was given a sentence of nearly one year of unsupervised probation. (Hardy a punishment given what happened to her daughter.)

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