The well deserved anger of the abused child

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I have witnessed, and been the target of, a lot of anger these past few weeks. One woman publicly and repeatedly attacked me because she disagreed with choices I’d made in trying to protect children from harm. I listened to a man who, with eyes wide, talked about how he grew up in a family that refused him and […]

What if there was a way to protect children from being harmed in the name of faith?

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There are different ways to go about trying to end religious child maltreatment. The problem is, none have been too successful. It’s time for a new approach.   I’ve looked at this problem…a lot. Is the plan to hope that religion just one day goes away? Not going to happen. The best way to protect children in faith communities […]

No Prodigal Son: A young man who stopped believing Mormon teachings is rejected by his parents

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car Last weekend, I spoke at the annual ExMormon Foundation Conference. The organization supports those who have left, or been excommunicated from, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The “ExMo” conference is always held in “Mormon central,” or Salt Lake City. Many attendees came from Utah but I met people from all over the US. The youngest […]

A closer look at the Adrian Peterson case: Do culture and religion matter?

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While the media seems largely focused on the fact that the Minnesota Vikings finally decided to bench its star running back, a more important—and politically incorrect—question needs to be asked: To what extent, if any, did Adrian Peterson’s religious beliefs and cultural background as an African American contribute to him beating and injuring his son? […]

Proving Richard Dawkins wrong

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I am a fan of Richard Dawkins. I admire him as a biologist, as a straight-talking atheist, and as an advocate for victims of religious child maltreatment. He devotes a chapter in The God Delusion to the religious abuse of children. In June, I had the honor to be introduced by him at the American Humanist […]

What Can Atheists Do about Religious Child Maltreatment?

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I’ve been talking about religious child maltreatment for a while now. Our closed Facebook group has grown to more than 350 members and has become a supportive and safe place for survivors and others to share ideas and feelings. My book Breaking Their Will is still selling. All good stuff, right? That question deserves to be met […]