The U.S. Citizenship Process is Hurting Disadvantaged Women

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Why did the woman take birth control before she crossed the border? Because she knew she was going to be raped. Migrants are an extremely vulnerable group, and the most vulnerable among them are women and girls. Female migrants attempting to cross the border into the U.S. from Mexico take contraceptive pills and yet do not plan on having sex […]

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Indiana Religious Freedom Law Used as Defense for Child Abuse

Kin Park Thaing citing RFRA to justify child abuse

In true Mommy Dearest fashion, an Indiana mother and fundamentalist Christian, Kin Park Thaing, is charged with beating her 7-year-old son with a clothes hanger, leaving 36 visible bruises, discovered by the boy’s teacher.  As her defense, Thaing is citing Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law by VP-nominee Mike Pence last year.  In essence, the RFRA prevents the government from interfering […]

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Religion versus Civil Liberties: I Guess I Stand Corrected

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared a speech I’d given about the perceived conflict between “religious liberty” and civil rights. The basic thrust of the talk was that even in the freest societies, all liberties –including religious ones–have limits. As an example, I pointed out that we don’t allow people to commit infanticide even if they have a totally […]

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Anti-Trans Target Activist Arrested For Holding Child Captive

Timothy Ciboro and Esten Ciboro

Proving once more that those who yell the loudest against the LGBT community are normally the people with the most to hide, an Ohio man and his father were arrested last week after holding a 13-year-old girl captive in their basement for more than a year. Prior to his arrest 27 year-old Esten Ciboro spent his free time on social […]

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Homeschool Ministry Used By Duggars Sued for Child Abuse

The Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) – a Christian homeschool organization – faces an expensive legal battle after five women filed a lawsuit alleging the organization and its officials not only allowed but covered up child molestation and harassment of interns and other members of its organization and programs. IBLP became famous after the now-infamous Duggar family touted their lessons as […]

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‘From Satan’: Oklahoma Teacher Scolds Left-Handed Child

A 4-year-old child at Oakes Elementary in Okemah, Oklahoma started off the school year with scorn and punishment from his teacher after she allegedly forced him to write with his right hand. Zayde Sands – like his mother Alisha – is left-handed and couldn’t understand why his teacher became so angry with him. Local Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR reported: “From […]

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Charges Against HRC Co-Founder Terry Bean Dismissed

Terry Bean

Officials dismissed all charges against HRC co-founder Terry Bean today after he was accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy last year. In a statement released to press concerning the exoneration, Bean’s attorney focused on the premise that they’ve known all along the court could not convict Bean but kept the story out of the press to ensure the legal system worked as […]

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Duggars Pitch Sex Abuse Victims Counseling Reality Show

Duggar Family

File this one under D for desperation. Fresh from the cancellation of their flailing family reality television show showcasing the supposedly-ideal Christian family, the Duggar clan just pitched TLC a new reality television show where their family would counsel the victims of sex abuse. Hoping to capitalize on an upcoming TLC documentary (Breaking the Silence) detailing the experiences of Josh Duggar’s victims, […]

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TLC Cancels Duggar Family’s ’19 Kids And Counting’

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Speaking to press today, TLC announced the Duggar family’s reality show ’19 Kids And Counting’ will no longer appear on the network. Speaking with the AP, TLC confirmed the Duggars “will no longer appear on the air.” The cancellation comes at the heels of multiple controversies surrounding the family after the discovery that Josh Duggar molested several underage girls when […]

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Mike Huckabee Defends Admitted Child Molester Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar & Mike Huckabee

After child molestation allegations against Josh Duggar turned out to be true yesterday, the mainstream right-wing echo chamber remained mostly silent. Though many of their social media supporters stepped up to downplay the seriousness of a teenager sexually molesting five different young girls, GOP leadership remained curiously quiet…until now. In a lengthy post to his Facebook page, 2016 GOP presidential contender Mike […]

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