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  1. Apologies if someone's already posted this, but I feel like this deserves its own thread. Since Steve Bannon wants the media to not say mean things about the regime, and wants to run the country into the ground I think it's appropriate that everyone knows he's also a shitty person in his private life. I've found, for your perusal and disgust, some links that have, redacted, court papers about his divorce procedings as well as child support proceedings from his second ex-wife, Mary Louise Piccard. They're a hard read, but here are some highlights: - Underpaid or outright didn'
  2. Hi everyone. I've been a longtime member (mostly lurker) but I'm guessing my old account got deleted with one of the big changes so I have started a new one. I'm posting here because I am so curious why (seemingly) no one is talking about the connection with Trim Healthy Mama, Above Rubies, and Serene Allison's failed international adoptions and child abuse. I was considering ordering the book but stumbled upon all of the icky info about Serene's adoptions (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/christian-evangelical-adoption-liberia?page=1). Am I just confused or are these the
  3. I'm not familiar with Abedini's ministry per se, just knew about his imprisonment in Iran. Would appreciate more info from those who may know about or of him. So, not posting this for snarking but rather to say, once again, here is a fundamentalist Christian male -- himself persecuted for his religious beliefs -- victimizing his wife. From Christianity Today (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/november-web-only/pastor-saeed-abedini-wife-naghmeh-halts-public-advocacy.html?start=1): If that weren't all enough for one person to bear, then there's this, reported last month
  4. An enquiry commissioned by the German Bishops and comducted by Universities of Giessen, Heidelberg and Mannheim finds more than 3600 minors were abused by clergy since 1947. And more than half of them were younger than 13yo when abused. Enquiry also says that real numbers are probably much higher. http://time.com/5394761/germany-catholic-church-sex-abuse-cases/
  5. Anyone else read the article recently released by Buzzfeed News? https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/christinekenneally/orphanage-death-catholic-abuse-nuns-st-josephs?bftwnews&utm_term=4ldqpgc#4ldqpgc It's brutal. In the focus on sexual abuse by priests, a lot of the other types of abuse perpetrated and covered up by the Church are being swept aside.
  6. Hi all, I wanted to reach out because I recently published a book called Angels Can't Swim that focuses on abuse, sexuality, and mental health in college swimmers. If you are interested please check it out! Thanks and have a great day. https://alexandramccann02.wixsite.com/mysite
  7. Looks like IHOP (International House of Prayer - not the pancake place) has a Pastor with a history of sexual abuse working for them. Um, the language this place uses is just... yeah. And it looks like the victim is coming out with this due to Me Too. http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article202020974.html
  8. http://www.freejinger.org/topic/30529-turpins-13-shackled-kids/ Continued from : http://www.freejinger.org/topic/30529-turpins-13-shackled-kids/?page=24 The info thus far is that there were 13 kids in varying degrees of abused, in the house. The parents have been charged. I'll let FJ update anything additional.
  9. I am THRILLED! *doing a happy dance* http://www.sltrib.com/news/3571913-155/polygamous-church-leaders-indicted-arrested-for
  10. This BBC report is from 2015, but I doubt that the situation has changed in two years: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p031v90d It states that two girls under fourteen give birth in Paraguay every day. Hardly any of the girls profiled in the report are properly in their teens, and they usually became pregnant through abuse by a family member. Abortion is illegal due to Catholic influence, but the bigger issue appears to be widespread acceptance of family abuse combined with ignorance about sex. It's postulated that Paraguay's military dictatorship normalized the sexual abuse of very
  11. Denny "Beefy McBratwurst" Hastert is going to jail. cnn.com/2016/04/27/politics/dennis-hastert-sentencing/index.html I'm glad that he's going to jail. But there are people in the can for shoplifting or smoking a J who got longer sentences than Hastert did for his crimes.
  12. Stormy

    Word of Faith Fellowship

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article134790299.html In short, the Word of Faith Fellowship is a church that's come under investigation for severe abuse, often manifesting as "blasting", where congregants literally beat the shit out of someone to expel demons. Sexual, spiritual, and emotional abuse also abound. Victims are trained from an early age to lie to authorities. Nearly all the members were encouraged to live in the same town so as to keep the community isolated. Most people interviewed for the article had been brought into the cult as children, and hav
  13. Because the news wasn't full of enough weird, creepy news: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimderogatis/parents-told-police-r-kelly-is-keeping-women-in-a-cult?utm_term=.iqA44w0Nz7#.ppLKKZXLNq Since the women involved are adults and can join any sort of organization they want, there's not much that can be done from a legal perspective unless Kelly has done something demonstrably illegal. I guess we'll see how this story unfolds.
  14. funyuns_and_fundies

    Boy Drowns at Fairhaven Baptist

    A 12 year old boy just drowned in the pool at Fairhaven Baptist Church while there were 2 adults in the pool. This is the place that CNN covered in there piece about abuse in the name of religous disclipline, along with Hephzibah House. Fairhaven has a connected school and college.
  15. I was torn on where to put this since this discusses a variety of articles but placed it in here. Spiritual abuse, Physical Abuse. Sexual Abuse. A Pastor with his own church that was in massive debt. I drive past Tri-City Christian Church when I go to/from KC via I70 - I recognize the steeple in the picture with the article. I'm going to have to resist the urge to drive by and throw things now. The Pitch is an alternative newspaper in Kansas City. FYI this is a long article. http://www.pitch.com/news/feature-story/article/20854225/tricity-ghosts-school-vouchers-raise-
  16. CrazyLurkerLady

    MedicalKidnap.com

    I know this site has been brought up in threads of various fundie families (Rembis, Naugler, etc), but I'd like a space to talk about the site itself and the lesser-known cases it features. Brief intro for those unfamiliar: Medical Kidnap is a website purporting to share stories of families who have been "torn apart" when their children were "kidnapped" for medical reasons. Typically it's stuff like refusing to vaccinate, not taking perfectly healthy children to the doctor, living off-grid, faith healing, etc. The stories often follow a specific format - the children are 100% happy, healt
  17. this is so screwed up http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/moroccan-tv-2m-domestic-violence_us_583c52f9e4b000af95eef112
  18. http://fox13now.com/2016/07/07/5-arrested-after-autistic-woman-found-living-in-backyard-cage/ This is beyond understanding. C'mon society... this is no way to treat ANYONE. We read about babies in bathroom cages cribs, and feral kids living in poop, and then there is this.
  19. violynn

    Acquiring a pet fundy

    One of the first things I noticed while lurking on Free Jinger, beyond the overwhelming number of fundamentalist families beyond the Duggars I'd no idea existed, was the board culture. I spent some time in the SOTDRT learning definitions and what board culture means. One of the phrases used confused me though: pet fundy/fundie. What the heck does that mean?? Is it the fundy fam you love to hate, the fundy you secretly love but hate (in that hate the sin not the sinner sort of way), the fundy you hate the most? I have decided it's one of those phrases that means what it means to the indiv
  20. This article is making the rounds among the theatre community. Massive trigger warning for abuse and assault. http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/profiles-theatre-theater-abuse-investigation/Content?oid=22415861 Long story short: The artistic director of Profiles Theatre in Chicago used his position to have sexual relationships with actresses (almost all of which turned abusive) and inflict violence on his fellow actors on stage. The co-artistic director enabled the abuse to happen. The actresses kept quiet out of fear of hurting their careers, and because the theatre was non-Eq
  21. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/boko- ... snhp&pos=1 Reglious fundies. They are against girls going to school. They think a woman's place is in the home. They hate the goverment. I'm trying to think, where I have heard of people with simliar ideas in America...hmmm?
  22. In a new and decidedly rare interview with NPR, Woody Allen opens up about his relationship with his Wife and former [but not legal] step-daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, and their marriage of 20 years. Included, are his candid remarks of how it all began, in his mind, as "a fling". In a 2011 interview , he said Funny, he uses the term, "fell in love with this girl", instead of "my girlfriend of twelve-years' daughter". Convenient. Also convenient that he reportedly stopped his weekly psychoanalysis upon the start of the relationship with Soon-Yi.
  23. This just came across my newsfeed. Horrible, horrible case. Trigger alert for child abuse. http://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/toddlers-found-chained-tied-up-outside-bexar-county-home I think this is breaking news, so there are not many details. All together, 8 children from 2-13 were found on the premises, with the two toddlers chained up like dogs outside. At midnight. There's a special place in Hell for whoever would treat children like this. The spokesman for the sheriff's department couldn't even speak about it without crying. ETA: I'm so glad that these children are n
  24. Yes, I know...no surprises here.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-ladd-bishop/male-headship-theology-enables-abusers_b_9463150.html "Dr. Tucker also points out that an abusive husband is never going to give his wife permission to leave and take the children with her. The idea that an abused wife can address the abuse in a spirit of submission is absurd and dangerous. She should not be encouraged in any way to submit to this situation. However, complementarian theology does just that. It takes away her autonomy and authority, and therefore renders her vulnerable and power
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