Israeli Cult Leader Goel Ratzon Is Convicted of Rape; Fathered Six of His Own Grandchildren

What kind of a person do you have to be to get taken in and abused by a religious cult?

According to a piece in The Jerusalem Post that cites Britain’s Cult Information Center,

[P]eople in cults tend to be “intelligent, idealistic, well-educated, economically advantaged, intellectually or spiritually curious, and any age.”

Then again (in a bit of a contradiction),

Cult recruitment techniques work equally effectively on PhD holders or high-school drop-outs.

The paper also notes that

The Haredi world, with its emphasis on belief in a charismatic leader, complete obedience and discipline, leaves many of those searching for a deeper religious experience particularly susceptible.

As an example, there’s the incredible case of Goel Ratzon, a serial sex abuser who recently got his comeuppance.

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A Look Inside Focus on the Family’s New Guide for Oblivious Christian Parents Teaching Their Kids About Homosexuality

Focus on the Family has released a mind-boggling “resource” that you simply cannot overlook.

How to Talk To Your Children About Homosexuality,” a gem of a packet by Jeff Johnston, is split into sections for preschoolers, elementary schoolers, and kids 12 and over.

A quick caveat: Focus on the Family wants you to know that this is NOT for parents who actually have (*gasp*) LGBT children. Should you find yourself in that situation, there’s a hotline you can call for urgent assistance. I wish I were kidding, but this is literally printed on the first page:

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When a Child Dies, Is it Right for His Public School to Invoke Religion?

Earlier this week, a football player at Gladewater High School in Texas was in a horrible car accident and lost his life. (His brother, the driver, was hospitalized but later released.) It’s just a devastating loss for that school and the boys’ family, as you might imagine.


I’ve been at a school when a student dies. It’s awful getting that phone call from an administrator. No teacher wants to think about lesson plans and no student can concentrate in class. At our school, counselors and social workers were made available to any students and faculty members who needed them, and we held a moment of silence over the intercom out of respect to the student and those who were close to her.

At Gladewater, the principal and football coach gathered the students together in the gym to announce the loss

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Here’s Video of the Atheist Invocation in Huntsville, Alabama

Yesterday, Kelly McCauley, an atheist and member of the North Alabama Freethought Association, delivered the first-ever secular invocation in front of the Huntsville City Council in Alabama. You can read more about the lead-up to the event here, but for now, here’s the video and transcript! Dearly Beloved, When the ancients considered the values that [Read More...]

9th Grader in South Carolina Punished for Sitting During the Pledge of Allegiance

Another day, another student wrongly punished for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. In this case, it’s a 9th grader at Right Choices Alternative School in Beaufort, South Carolina.

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to district officials yesterday explaining the problem:

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