Highland woman alleges youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Hammond raped her in 1970s: ‘He knew exactly what he was doing’ – Chicago Tribune

Sitting in her apartment in Highland, Joy Ryder looks back on two years of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of her youth pastor and said it made her reevaluate her relationship with God and religion. — Read on http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-hyles-lawsuit-st-0329-20200327-qhcr4b7utbbatna2io7e2j7j5q-story.html

A Brief History of Fundamentalist Christianity in the USA

When we talk about the history of Fundamentalism & rightwing Politics, we have to go all the way back to the mid-to-late 1800s, when both Darwin’s theory of evolution AND the field of archaeology’s discoveries led to a controversy over the reliability of the Bible to give Western societies a proper account of humanity’s origins. …

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Catholic church spent ‘considerable’ amount lobbying to thwart sex abuse law changes: Report Index

The money was spent in states where some laws were being discussed or proposed that would make priests and the church liable for decades-old alleged abuse. — Read on abcnews.go.com/amp/US/catholic-church-lobbyists-spent-106m-fight-legal-efforts/story

What Southern Baptists must do to fight clergy sex abuse [Opinion]

What Southern Baptists must do to fight clergy sex abuse [Opinion] — Read on http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/amp/What-Southern-Baptists-must-do-to-fight-clergy-13961274.php THREAD:Organizations that have successfully escaped taking responsibility for their own history of systemic sexual abuse have typically employed numerous tactics of impression management to control the ways in which people view them. Here a few ways the system deceives:— Wade …

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HB 481: Georgia law criminalizes abortion, subjects women to life in prison.

HB 481: Georgia law criminalizes abortion, subjects women to life in prison. — Read on slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/hb-481-georgia-law-criminalizes-abortion-subjects-women-to-life-in-prison.amp Georgia's "pro-life" Republicans have passed a law that would subject a woman who self-terminates after six weeks to life imprisonment or capital punishment. https://t.co/vbBpfRzIgj @Slate pic.twitter.com/Djqn0LbLf6 — Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) May 7, 2019 Under the new Georgia law, …

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Former independent fundamental Baptists share their stories (2) | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

They were terrorized, trapped and even sexually abused. Now, these former members of independent fundamental Baptist churches share how their experiences will affect the rest of their lives. — Read on http://www.star-telegram.com/living/religion/article222807340.html READ THE ENTIRE 4 PART SERIES and BACKSTORY HERE