Couple convicted of child abuse

This article was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
A couple who spanked their young children on their bare bottoms with wooden dowels in keeping with the teachings of the church they belonged to were convicted Friday night of child abuse, the last of eight people connected to the church

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Our First Grant!

Foundation Beyond Belief selects the Child-Friendly Faith Project as a beneficiary organization! 
The CFFP is proud to announce that it has been chosen as one of five beneficiary organizations entitled to receive funding from members of the Foundation Beyond Belief. The FBB is a charitable foundation that focuses, encourages, and demonstrates

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Proving Richard Dawkins Wrong

This blog post was originally published via Religious Child Maltreatment. 
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. On June 1 of this year, I had the honor to be introduced by him

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Evangelicals advised to confront sexual abuse and coverups

This article originally appeared in the Courier-Journal: A Gannett Company.
Evangelical churches need to confront sexual abuse and coverup within their own ranks, according to a statement signed by more than 1,500 people worldwide and promoted by a former sex-crimes prosecutor.
The “Public Statement Concerning Sexual Abuse in the Church of

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CFFP Conference 2013: A first of its kind event!

CFFP Conference 2013: A first of its kind event!

Our November 8th conference was an amazing opportunity. We were joined by an audience that consisted of people who work in various fields from religious education to social work to law enforcement. We came together to hear about religious and cultural child maltreatment and what can be done to better

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The Real Michael Pearl

This blog post originally appeared on Religious Child Maltreatment.
Both TV and print media have pitted me against the pro-spanking fundamentalist Christian preacher Michael Pearl, as I have been vocal about my concerns that his teachings about childrearing are dangerous. I have written extensively about Pearl in Breaking Their Will, and this is

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More than she could bear

More than she could bear

This blog post was originally published via Religious Child Maltreatment. 
By now you’ve probably heard about the case of Nina Koistinen. She’s the 36-year-old mother from Phoenix who has been charged with first-degree murder, after she confessed to suffocating her newborn baby, Maya. Koistinen reportedly told authorities that she killed Maya six

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