Tag Archives: Religious Child Maltreatment

Biblical “Spare the Rod” Parenting Tied to PTSD, Chilling Revenge, and Adrian Peterson Child Abuse Case

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When is it acceptable for a muscular man who weighs 100 kilos and stands 1.85 meters tall to grab a stick and repeatedly hit a skinny, scared person half his size? According to many conservative Christians, such behavior is acceptable … Continue reading

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Why Bible Believers Have a Hard Time Getting Child Protection Right

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Far too often, the news cycle includes a tragic story about a child dying because his or her parents applied religious teachings with too much vigor. The most recent victim, Hana Williams, was adopted from Ethiopia by Evangelical parents who believed that … Continue reading

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The Sick Biblical Literalism That Puts Children at Risk of Abuse and Even Death

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In 2008, Hana Williams was adopted from an orphanage in Ethiopia and brought to the United States where she died at the hands of her Bible-believing American parents. Their notion of Christian discipline required breaking her will, a remarkably common … Continue reading

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Child-Friendly Faith Project

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Does religion help children or harm them? Viewpoints range from those who believe that it is impossible to raise loving, moral children without faith to those who see religious immersion as child abuse. Author Janet Heimlich (Breaking their Will) believes … Continue reading

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The Fragile Boundary Between Religion and Child Abuse

Valerie Tarico interviews Janet Heimlich, author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. During eight years working for NPR, Heimlich never shied away from controversial topics. She won nine journalism awards, in part by doggedly exposing injustices in … Continue reading

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