More religion as child abuse: Parents get stiff jail time for beating their child to death using Christian guidelines
One hopeful sign that religious exemptions for child abuse are waning in the U.S. is the increasing frequency of convictions and jail time for parents who mistreat their children on grounds of faith. That includes not only withholding medical care, but, in this story, Biblically justified child-rearing (i.e., severe beatings).
According to The Daily News (and other sources like the…
This question has two key facets that I see (and I don’t doubt my colleagues will be able to expand on them for me). But for the sake of opening the conversation on this issue I want to answer the question following two themes: you self-identify your religious belief and label, and people tend not to deflect because of how they learned the religion in the first place.
In 2008, Hana Williams was adopted from an orphanage in Ethiopia and brought to the United States where she died at the hands of her Bible-believing American parents. Their notion of Christian discipline required breaking her will, a remarkably common belief among conservative Evangelicals. To that end, they frequently beat her, shut her in a closet, and denied her meals.
"I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look round for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in, instead of the sort of place that the Churches in all these centuries have made"
- Bertrand Russell.
Hello folks! I want to start off by checking in and and telling you that I had an exciting weekend in Washington DC, where, along with some of my dear and brilliant fellow members in Muslimish and the Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA), I met with secular activists and leaders Richard Dawkins, Edwina Rogers (Secular Coalition for America and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science), Ronald A Lindsay (Center for Inquiry), Richard Haynes (Atheist Nexus), and Jennifer Beahan (also CFI).
Now ask yourself what would a woman who has been terrorized by family/society into wearing a burka or headdress think when she sees one in this environment but not an atheist freethinker message being allowed or a women who sees religious symbols as a message of oppression towards her. How about a man who see it as a symbol that says he by nature is a rapist? Offending anyone yet? How about a crucifixion symbol and you as a LGBT should be killed or heretics also should be killed. They are symbols of hate to many so why not take a stance there and have all those removed as they actually do convey this message both in text and culture to many. Why go where this University went?