Oz Priest Compares Pedophilia to Adultery, Upbraids Anti-Child-Abuse Critics For Insufficient Mercy

They just don’t get it, do they?

A Catholic priest has offended parents at a Malvern East school by comparing pedophile priests to adulterous women in a school newsletter. St. Mary’s Primary School parish priest Father Bill Edebohls also took aim at lawyers and the media for not showing enough mercy during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

He said he was concerned the Royal Commission [the government body investigating child abuse by members of the clergy — TF] would not give victims an opportunity to heal. “Why? Because both the media and the lawyers, like the baying crowd of men in the gospel ready to throw stones, don’t understand the need for a justice that is drenched in mercy.”

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Inspired by Feminist Professor, Utah Mormons Combat Porn… Out of Concern for “Public Health”

There’s a dangerous legal drug that needs to be outlawed or curbed… and it consists of images of naked people having fun. That’s right: porn is in legislators’ crosshairs again, and this time, they’re not trying to present dirty pictures as an assault on morality but as a public-health crisis.

Feminist professor and anti-porn activist Gail Dines has been among those leading the charge.

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Why Are Churches Asking Job Applicants if They Were Molested or Abused as Children?

Zack Kopplin at the Daily Beast has been looking at several job application forms for churches, and one type of question pops up time and time again: Were you molested as a child?

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Your initial response might be “None of your damn business.” But you might also ask, “Why does this matter?”

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Watch the Saudi Ambassador to the UN Explain Why Atheists Are Deemed Terrorists in His Country

It was two years ago when Saudi Arabia passed new laws saying atheists were considered enemies of the state, equivalent to violent terrorists. It didn’t make sense then, and it still doesn’t today.

So when Al Jazeera America’s Mehdi Hasan had a chance to interview Saudi ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi, he attempted to get an answer as to why atheism and other “thought-crimes” were such a problem.

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This Alabama Woman Got Away With Running Several Horrendous Day Cares by Calling Them “Churches”

We rightly cringe at the idea of religious exemptions from the law when we’re talking about requiring children to get vaccinations or prosecuting Christian Scientists who kill their sick kids because they wouldn’t take them to the doctor.

But if none of those stories convince you that these exemptions are often abused, just wait till you hear about Deborah Stokes.

Amy Julia Harris, writing for The Center for Investigative Reporting, has a jaw-dropping article about how Stokes ran awful day care after awful day care… and got away with it because she ran them as “churches.”

Needless to say, no religious services ever took place in her buildings.

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