Shackled Girl: Part 14 – People Give Up, Ask Dog to Comfort Victims

by PropinquaEditor’s note: It’s not a man-bites-dog story. It’s a man-begs-dog-to-take-control story.Prosecuting attorneys in the horrific Ciboro case are just hoping against hope that the judge will let a dog named Anna into the courtroom to comfort two alleged victims of child rape. This is a genuinely great idea—and an admission that the humans in the case are not up to the task.And who would be? One victim is under ten, and the other is 13. Here’s a statement of the obvious: … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Do Not Report Child Sexual Abuse to Authorities?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater joy - Twelve Year Old MolesterEditor's note: A mother writes in about the molestation of her friend's child by another child and Michael says do not report this to law enforcement? He seems to be completely unaware that their pastor is a mandatory reporter under the law and that if the offender is doing this because she may have been molested in the past that by involving the law she might be able to receive treatment from a qualified childrens therapist to help her move past her problems. How is covering all this up helpful to anyone? … [Read more...]

News: Hillsong United Pastor Being Investigated For Possible Abuse

Looks like Brian Houston, Hillsong Senior Pastor, is in trouble for how the church handled allegations of sexual abuse against children by his father Frank Houston, founder of Hillsong and others connected to the church.  Looks like their parent organization, the Assemblies of God, may also be culpable as well.Sounds more than just a little incestous in the leadership of the AOG and Hillsong - … [Read more...]

News: Abusive Christian Cults Sexually Abusing Children Isn’t Just a USA Problem

from Australia's The Age there's a lengthy article about a church cult operating there known as Friends And Workers. There has been allegations of child sexual abuse by some of the members. One of them was recently convicted of child sexual abuse - Chris Chandler. Chandler is guilty of doing something similar to what IFB pastor Jack Schaap has done: he used his position counseling sexual abuse victims to prey upon them and re-victimize them. … [Read more...]

It’s 9am Sunday Morning, Do You Know the People You Sent Your Children To?

by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog Seeking The LightIn the last few months I've noticed a proliferation of church buses cruising through my neighborhood here in my small town in the Virginia Piedmont every Sunday morn. Some of the drivers wave as I'm getting in my car dressed for service at my own place of worship. I smile and wave back and wonder what the policy is of that particular church to protect the children in their temporary care. … [Read more...]

Jack Schaap: Isolated Incident or the One That Got Caught?

by CaluluI haven't updated NLQ much with the latest on Jack Schaap and his ongoing legal confloption. Yesterday I was perusing the news on Jack Schaap, the former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana to see what had gone down on his plea arraignment on September 27, 2012. Schaap not only plead guilty as he'd agreed to in his plea deal; he also claimed that he didn't realize he was breaking any laws. Ignorance of the law is never a good defense in court. His sentencing will take place on January 15, 2013. It will be interesting to see what the judge feels is appropriate in this case even if it's likely he'll get only the ten years.The speed the feds has shown from … [Read more...]