In New York State Orthodox-Jewish Enclave, Child Abuse Is Suspected, and the FBI Is on the Case

A child-rape investigation is underway in Kiryas Joel, an Orthodox-Jewish shtetl of about 23,000 people, located halfway between New York City and Poughkeepsie. The FBI-led probe centers on the alleged misconduct of Rabbi Moshe Hersh Klein, the principal of the town’s religious elementary school.

The New York Times reports that a controversial video has emerged, showing

Rabbi Klein, the gray-bearded principal of the yeshiva’s third, fourth and fifth grades, his legs around a pupil who appears to be about 8, patting the boy and kissing his cheeks, and rocking him for several seconds.

Hersch Klein

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Baptist Pastor Does His Best Impression of Mother Teresa Burning in Hell

If there were a hell, I think Mother Teresa would be a perfectly fine candidate.

But not because she simply chose the wrong religion.

Fundamentalist Baptist pastor Steven Anderson thinks it makes perfect sense that only his kind of Christians will sit at Gods’ feet for eternity, content in the knowledge that, meanwhile, heretics like the Albanian nun will burn in the lakes of fire. And to illustrate his point, he does two impressions of Mother Teresa in this video, at 0:46 and 0:58.


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After Eight Years As a Fugitive, Former Youth Pastor Faces the Music For Child Rape

Last September, Luke Adrian Cooke was extradited from Albania after having eluded U.S. law enforcement since 2007. Cooke, a former youth pastor, was wanted for sexual assaults on an 8-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy between 2003 and 2006. His stealth tour of the world took him to China, Spain, Morocco, and, finally, Albania, where his luck ran out.


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This Christian Music Producer Beat and Abused Disabled Boy (7) For Months… Then Murdered Him

This is as grim and heart-tearing a story as you’ll ever read on Friendly Atheist, its emotional impact no less for having taken place far away, in Australia. There are days when I hate what I feel compelled to write about — all this violence and hypocrisy can severely darken my mood — and I just want to go play with my kids and hug them tight.

Consider that your trigger warning.

A Christian hip-hop music producer who murdered his girlfriend’s intellectually disabled son following months of “cruel, degrading and inhumane” abuse has been sentenced to 42 years jail. Kodi Maybir, 32, claimed the little boy, Levai, had fallen off a pogo stick inside the music studio where the family lived in Oatley, in Sydney’s south, in May 2013.


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Jesus, Galled, Issues Trans Bathroom Commandment: “Poop and Get Out, Weirdos!”

According to the satirical website Political Garbage Chute, God’s Only Son gave a press conference over the weekend, clarifying the heavenly stance on bathrooms for trans people, and issuing an 11th Commandment that will be faxed “to all Christian churches in the U.S. by the end of the summer.”

“We were hoping that it wouldn’t come to this,” Christ said, “but watching our people get so heated and angry over transgender people’s bathroom choice just made us too apoplectic to do nothing this time. So we’re unveiling, for the first time in a long, long, long time, a new commandment. Number 11. Thou shalt just poop and get out, weirdos.”


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