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Religious community leaders should support the elimination of harmful practices inflicted on children, including by publicly challenging problematic religious justifications for such practices whenever they occur. . . . While in many situations of violations the rights of the child and the rights of his or her parents may be affected in conjunction, it is not always the case. . . . The interests of parents and children are not necessarily identical, including in the area of freedom of religion or belief.
—Heiner Bielefeldt, Special Rapporteur, Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, United Nations
Child abuse and neglect is still child abuse and neglect regardless of whether it's performed in a place of worship or condoned by religious leaders. Our laws should not restrict protections to certain children just because they happen to be raised by extremely devout adults. The health, safety, and lives of those children are just as important as the health, safety, and lives of all other children.
I don't know any victim of religious authority sexual abuse who doesn't share the dilemma that the abuser was "all mighty". . . . Therefore, when an abuser of this status, stature, and authority sexually violates a child or vulnerable adult, it is incomprehensible by the abused. But most devastating is the decapitation from our own spirit or soul that comes with religious authority sexual abuse.
—Dr. Jaime J. Romo
There is a lot of talk today from the Religious Right about "protecting the unborn," but there is not enough talk about protecting the children we already have from abuse. . . . Our children are our future. And our children are our moral responsibility.
Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe, and that right is absolute. But the right to act on one’s religious beliefs is not absolute. . . . .I don’t think that there’s any room under the law for endangering the life of a child. Or under the First Amendment. These laws are not supposed to extend that far.”
— Charles Haynes, Director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute
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