"With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil;
but for good people to do evil — that takes religion."

- Steven Weinberg

We’re supposed to pray for the oil fields now..

Please stand, lower your head, and wash your hands with holy fracking fluid. It’s time to pray for the oil fields.

Well, at least it is according to Mary Fallin and her friends with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. They’ve designated October 13th as “Oilfield Prayer Day” across the state. It’s one of those absurd real life things I wish I was making up, but I’m not.

Source: The Lost Ogle

Boy has ‘impure thoughts’, blames cheerleaders’ skirts, school punishes cheerleaders

A school has been criticised after punishing a whole cheerleading squad after a male student said he was distracted by their short skirts.

Source: PinkNews

Catholic church: Banning gay cure therapy is ‘persecution’ against religion

The Catholic Church has hit out at proposals to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy in Mexico.

Mexico has recently seen a wave of large-scale protests opposing same-sex marriage heavily backed by Catholic groups, after President Enrique Peña Nieto pushed to bring about equal marriage country-wide.

Source: PinkNews

I was subjected to exorcisms as a child to treat my epilepsy

At the age of 30, I was formally diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy, the reason for the deja vu, called “auras”, commonly associated with seizures.

My parents decided that when I was about two, I had been cursed by a witch, and that I was demon possessed. I was told this story repeatedly throughout my life, and accordingly, I believed it.

I had many sensory issues, which included auditory and tactile, and disliked being touched by most but my mother. I reportedly screamed from the age of three months to three years old, and was branded the naughtiest of children. I was raised with harsh corporal punishment, and sent for exorcisms on at least four occasions to try and expel the demons I was told lived within me.

Source: The Guardian

Colorado church didn’t report pastor’s child sex abuse because ‘biblical counseling’ would suffice

A church in Thornton, Colorado has come under fire after court documents revealed this week that it failed to report a pastor’s sexual abuse to police because it believed the problem could be solved with “biblical counseling.”

Local news station KDVR reports that Pastor Robert Wyatt repeatedly had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl who was parishioner at the Agape Bible Church in Thornton. What’s even more disturbing about this case, however, is the fact that court documents show church officials knew about Wyatt’s sexual abuse and did nothing.

Source: Raw Story

Dad from TLC’s conservative Christian ‘Willis Family’ series arrested for child rape

Toby Willis — patriarch of the conservative Christian family featured on TLC’s reality show The Willis Family — has been arrested and charged with the rape of an underage girl.

Source: Raw Story

Priest who demanded homosexuals have a ‘celibate life’ suspended after being accused of molesting 15-year-old boy in the Bronx

A priest who once said homosexuals had to live a “celibate life” to be good Catholics has been accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy at a Bronx church about 30 years ago.

Source: Daily News

Indiana woman uses state ‘religious freedom’ law to justify lashing son with coat hanger

A 30-year-old Indiana woman facing felony child abuse charges is arguing that she should not be prosecuted under the state’s “religious freedom” law, WTHR-TV reported.

Kin Park Thaing said in court that she beat her 7-year-old son with a coat hanger in accordance with her religious beliefs and quoted from the Biblical verse Proverbs 23:13, which states, “Do not withhold discipline from a child: if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.”

Source: Raw Story

Texas woman kept Mexican slaves for 14 years, said they’d go to hell if they disobeyed

Olga Murra warned one of the women she kept as a slave that if the woman disobeyed, immigration officials would come to Texas, kill her and bury her in a field “with other illegal aliens.”

And the punishment wouldn’t stop there.

For 14 years, Murra convinced two women that she was “the voice of God” — even making them listen to recordings of her reading Bible verses as they cleaned houses, sometimes seven days a week, court documents said.

If they didn’t do as she said, Murra convinced the women, they would spend eternity in hell.

Source: Washington Post

Disturbing Lesson from Christian Workbook Discusses Why God Allowed a Little Boy to “Be Molested”

The folks at Homeschoolers Anonymous recently got their hands on some old workbook pages used at the Institute of Basic Life Principles. That would be the Christian ministry founded by Bill Gothard, a man who resigned as President a couple of years ago after 34 women accused him of sexual harassment.

In these workbook pages, which are approximately 20 years old but still aligned with the ministry’s current teachings, students are presented with a question: “Why did God let a four year old boy be molested by a fifteen year old neighbor?”

Source: Friendly Atheist

Pastors who believe gay kids can be ‘cured’ sue state over law banning ‘conversion’ therapy

Five pastors in the US are suing a state over a law which bans gay ‘cure’ therapy.

The pastors suggest that gay “cure” therapy is effective, and argue that it should not be banned.

Source: PinkNews

‘I Gave Up’ 13-Year-Old Boy Commits Suicide After He Claims School ‘Didn’t Do Anything’ to Stop His Bullies

A 13-year-old boy from Staten Island, New York, took his own life on Thursday after being bullied by classmates at school.

In teenager Daniel Fitzpatrick’s tragic suicide note, which was supplied by his parents to The New York Daily News, he claimed that his old friends at Holy Angels Catholic Academy had stopped talking to him and didn’t like him.

“I gave up,” Daniel, who was scheduled to start at Brooklyn’s Xaverian High School in the fall, wrote on lined paper.

“The teachers either they didn’t do ANYTHING!” he scrawled in the note.

Source: People Magazine

11-year-old hospitalized after Florida man drags him to filthy swimming pool for forced baptism

A 51-year-old Florida man was arrested and charged with child abuse for allegedly attacking an 11-year-old boy because he said God wanted him to.

According to WFTV-TV, Henry L. Love told investigators that “he was awoken from his sleep by God” and told to baptize the boy, who was staying with him.

The suspect then allegedly ordered the boy to strip down to his underwear before dragging him to a swimming pool belonging to his neighbor, which was described by investigators as “filthy with algae and bugs.”

Source: Raw Story
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