Idaho is up for even more children dying from religious medical neglect

A legislative committee in Idaho is about to consider a bill that would endanger the lives of countless children in that state. Senate Bill 1182, filed by Sen. Dan Johnson, aims to change the laws that provide religious exemptions to parents who deny their children needed medical care. Already, more children die of “faith healing” […]

What Can Atheists Do about Religious Child Maltreatment?

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 […]

The Last Victims: A letter to Zariah

Below is an online letter to twelve-year-old Zariah Schatz, the older sister of Lydia Schatz. Four years ago, the girls were adopted from the Republic of Liberia by Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz of Paradise, California. On February 4 and 5, 2010, the couple “biblically” whipped their daughters for hours on end. The children’s “crimes”? Zariah, […]

What Price Religious “Freedom”?

The state of Oregon stands poised to end a dangerous practice. If a bill that has passed both the House and Senate becomes law, parents who allow their sick children to die after refusing them medical care on religious grounds would no longer be granted prosecutorial immunity. Passing this bill sends an important message: Parents […]

How “End Times” Beliefs Harm Children

I am one of the many people who chuckled at news stories about Harold Camping’s prediction that the world was going to end on May 21st. I heard about the tongue-in-cheek rapture parties and the celebratory post-rapture looting. And I, like so many others, found myself often shaking my head, wondering how could so many […]

Do Orthodox Jews Hold Children in High Esteem?

One woman recently asked me this question: “You say that the abuse [against children] cuts across all religions. However, in Judaism, even in extreme sects like Hassidism, children are viewed as ‘gifts from God’ and children are elevated to a very high status; family life really revolves around them and their needs and education. Because […]