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Church Beating Victim Tried to Save Brother’s Live

Posted by doctore0 on October 22, 2015

The teenager who survived a beating inside a secretive New York church that killed his brother said their family whipped them with an electrical cord for hours for refusing to answer the pastor’s questions. In his first testimony since the attack, Christopher Leonard said in court Wednesday that he tried to give CPR to his 19-year-old brother, Lucas, when his brother stopped moving. Lucas Leonard died from the assault inside Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford on Oct. 11th. The revelations came at a preliminary hearing for his half-sister, Sarah Ferguson, who is one of six people facing charges in the incident. The teens’ parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard, are charged with manslaughter in Lucas’s death.

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Police: Teen killed in N.Y. church assault wanted out

Posted by doctore0 on October 18, 2015

The fatal beating of Lucas Leonard in the sanctuary of Word of Life Christian Church came after the teenager had “expressed a desire to leave” the secretive upstate New York church, New Hartford Police Chief Michael Inserra said Friday.

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Oregon faith-healing couple go to prison for killing their newborn

Posted by doctore0 on October 16, 2015

OREGON CITY, Oregon — A couple who tried to heal their sick newborn son with prayer and olive oil will stay in prison after a judge upheld their conviction in the baby’s death

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New York Teen Dies After Beating at Church

Posted by doctore0 on October 15, 2015

NEW YORK A New York couple was charged with manslaughter in the death of their 19-year-old son after allegedly beating him for hours during a family counseling session inside the “sanctuary room” of an upstate Christian church, police said on Wednesday. The victim’s parents, Bruce Leonard, 65, and Deborah Leonard, 59, were arraigned on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. They were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each. In addition, four of the couple’s fellow parishioners were charged with assaulting the teenager’s younger brother on Sunday at the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks, New York, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Syracuse.

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Witchcraft and exorcism abuse rising in UK

Posted by doctore0 on October 12, 2015

Child abuse linked to exorcism and witchcraft accusations is on the rise, figures obtained by the BBC suggest.

The Metropolitan Police said there had been 60 crimes linked to faith in London so far this year. It saw reports double from 23 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.

Half of UK police forces do not record such cases and many local authorities are also unable to provide figures.

The NSPCC said authorities “need to ensure they are able to spot the signs of this particular brand of abuse”.

London is unique in having a police team, Project Violet, dedicated to this type of abuse.

Its figures relate to crime reports where officers have flagged a case as involving abuse linked to faith or belief. Many of the cases involve children
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Stop the beheading and crucifixion

Posted by doctore0 on September 29, 2015

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Saudi Arabia is about to behead a 21-year-old man and then crucify him to display his body in public. This same country was just chosen to head a U.N. Human Rights Council panel. If it weren’t so serious this would be funny!

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was arrested when he was 17 for participating in demonstrations against the government, then he was convicted under torture. But his case is not an exception in the kingdom — Saudi Arabia has executed more than 100 people this year, that’s a rate of one every 2 days!
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The ex-Muslim Britons who are persecuted for being atheists

Posted by doctore0 on September 28, 2015

Many people take for granted the right to choose to leave the religion of their childhood. But not everybody has that choice, writes Samira Ahmed.

It sounds like a crime from a medieval history book. Apostasy is the decision to renounce a faith and/or convert to another religion.

It’s not recorded in the Census, but the 2011 figures show the number of people in England and Wales who say they have no religion nearly doubled in the 10 years since 2001 to a quarter of the population.

In the same time the number of Muslims in England and Wales grew by 80% to 2.7 million.

And among some of Britain’s urban Muslims – nearly half of whom were born in the UK and are under 24 – there’s a belief that leaving Islam is a sin and can even be punished by death.

An investigation for the BBC has found evidence of young people suffering threats, intimidation, being ostracised by their communities and, in some cases, encountering serious physical abuse when they told their families they were no longer Muslims.

There are also local councils that seem to have little awareness of the issue or any policy on how to protect these vulnerable young people.
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Saudi Arabia Teenager sentenced to death by crucifixion

Posted by doctore0 on September 21, 2015

Religion of peace…

A teenager arrested for taking part in an anti-government protest in Saudi Arabia is set to be crucified and beheaded after his appeal was dismissed.

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was arrested in 2012 aged 17 and was also accused of illegally possessing firearms, a charge he strongly denies.

Critics say he is innocent and is being punished because his uncle is a prominent religious leader and human rights activist, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr – who was also sentenced to death in 2014.
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Pastor ran bottom-spanking cult by brainwashing women to think he was exorcising demons, court to

Posted by doctore0 on September 20, 2015

A PASTOR sexually abused women by brainwashing them in spanking sessions that he said would exorcise their demons, a court has heard.

Howard Curtis, 72, is accused of running a “cult” when he was pastor and leader of the “religion-based-organisation” Coulsdon Christian Fellowship, in Chipstead Valley Road, where he would allegedly spank women and children “to bring them closer to God”.

Curtis, now of Bloxworth Close, Wallington, denies a total of 12 charges, including four counts of sexual assault, two of indecent assault, five of child cruelty and one of assault by penetration, against seven different victims.

His trial started at Croydon Crown Court today.

Jane Osborne, prosecuting, said Curtis had “disciplined” the women, sometimes at his office in the church or their own homes, by spanking them, for his own pleasure.

“Women who had previously suffered from domestic and sexual abuse, depression and financial difficulties, came to the church and turned to the defendant for help,” she said.

“They believed that he was a seasoned and experienced counsellor. When, in fact, the counselling took place he would abuse the trust they had placed in them by physically abusing them, spanking them over their bare bottoms, getting them to strip naked and touching them intimately, under the guise of exorcising their demons.”
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U.S. priests accused of sex abuse get second chance in South America

Posted by doctore0 on September 18, 2015

So… Nothing has changed…

pedophile2RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America, a yearlong GlobalPost investigation has found.

Reporters confronted five accused priests in as many countries: Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Peru. One priest who relocated to a poor parish in Peru admitted on camera to molesting a 13-year-old boy while working in the Jackson, Miss., diocese. Another is currently under investigation in Brazil after allegations arose that he abused disadvantaged children living in an orphanage he founded there.

All five were able to continue working as priests, despite criminal investigations or cash payouts to alleged victims. All enjoyed the privilege, respect and unfettered access to young people that comes with being clergy members.

In the U.S., Catholic leaders have come under intense pressure for concealing priests’ sex crimes, and for transferring perpetrators among parishes rather than turning them over to law enforcement. The scandal has cost the church billions of dollars and led to a sharp decline in new clergy.
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