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A fascinating essay in The Daily Beast spells it all out. From this:
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have put many years and a lot of work into putting a smiling, nearly normal-seeming face on the extreme Christian right. The couple adheres to a fringe strain of fundamentalist Christianity dubbed the “Christian patriarchy” or sometimes the “Quiverfull” movement, and while there is a lot of internal diversity to the movement, they generally preach a combination of beliefs that run counter to mainstream America: absolute female submission, a ban on dating, homeschooling, a rejection of higher education for women, and shunning of contraception in favor of trying to have as many children as humanly possible. The movement is controversial even within Christian right circles, but the Duggars have tried to counter that with their popular reality TV show 19 Kids & Counting, where they present themselves as a wholesome everyday family that just happens to be a little more fecund and conservative than average.
But right as the Duggars are beginning to cash in on all this hard propaganda work, it seems the world they come from—the tiny but growing world of strict Biblical patriarchy—is in real danger of collapsing. While adherents to this form of Christianity, like the Duggars, like to paint an uber-wholesome face on their families and beliefs, ugly truths are finally starting to leak out regarding the problems of infidelity and alleged sexual abuse in the community.
The latest scandal is a doozy. Back in November 2013, Doug Phillips, who, in his capacity as the president of Vision Forum Ministries, is probably the most important leader in the world of Biblical patriarchy, confessed to cheating on his wife and resigned as president of his ministry. “I engaged in a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman,” he wrote. “While we did not ‘know’ each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate.” Shortly after his confession, Vision Forum Ministries closed up shop, unable to continue with the stink of sex scandal upon them.
And to this
On Tuesday, it was revealed that there may be more to this entire scandal than the typical minister-caught-cheating story. The woman with whom Phillips confessed to an “inappropriate” relationship, named Lourdes Torres-Manteufel, filed suit in Bexar County, Texas, accusing the powerful Christian right leader of pushing her into a multi-year abusive relationship that allegedly featured frequent sexual assault. While the complaint never mentions sexual intercourse, it does claim that he repeatedly groped and masturbated on her while she protested. The plaintiff alleges she was basically moved into Phillips’ house with his wife and children, taken on many family vacations, and given work as a caretaker for the family, all while secretly being bullied into sexual encounters without consent. She even claims that Phillips told her that they would marry soon, as he believed that his wife was about to die.
Gross. Just… these guys… these guys with their pompous false piety. These wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are a disgrace. The fruit is rotten because the tree is corrupt. Read the whole.
A popular snake-handling pastor in Kentucky is facing drug charges following his arrest Tuesday. Verlin Short, 42 from the popular series on Animal Planet, “Snake Man of Appalachia” was arrested Tuesday for charges of trafficking schedule II narcotics. The report from the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office states that on April 24, 2012, Short knowingly sold a quantity of around 20 pills of Oxycodone and Percocet to a confidential informant.
Precious pernicious parson… (Though it has to be said, if you handle snakes, you probably have to be high to do it… Or insane).
At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.
The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The state’s current minimum has been set at the federal level of $7.25. In 2012, 64,000 workers in the state earned $7.25 an hour or less, making up 7.2 percent of all hourly workers, a larger share than the 4.7 percent figure for the country as a whole.
Fallin said she signed the bill out of the worry that higher local minimum wages “would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers.” She also argued that “most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry level jobs” and that “many are high school or college students living with their parents in middle-class families.” She warned that increasing the minimum wage “would require businesses to fire many of those part-time workers” and harm job creation.
You know what? The only people who oppose a minimum wage by which people can make a living are people who don’t work at minimum wage jobs. Oklahoma’s Governor is a dreadful person who cares nothing for the working poor. She doesn’t belong to the party of Lincoln or even Reagan. She, and her kind, belong to the party of Nero and Diocletian.
Although the shooting suspect, Frazier Glenn Miller, was a known racist and anti-Semite with ties to the Ku Klux Klan, the victims who were gunned down on Sunday were all Christians, devoted to their families, to their churches and to serving their Kansas City communities.
There’s a lot more in the New York Times essay. Do read it. And lament a society where madness grips many and hatred in its incomprehensibility makes victims of us all.
Just… Hell… (though honest people will admit that what she’s done is no different than what those who have abortions do every day by the tens of thousands in this morally bankrupt country).
A woman has been arrested on six counts of murder after authorities found the bodies of seven infants packed into separate cardboard boxes at a home in Utah, police said.
Police arrested Megan Huntsman, 39, of Pleasant Grove, on Saturday following a gruesome discovery at a residence formerly occupied by the woman who they say moved out in 2011.
Officers responding to a phone call from a family member who is currently living at the Pleasant Grove residence arrived at the home to find the first baby which “appeared to be a full term,” according to a police statement.
Dozens of school children at a “porno-themed” high school party were taken to hospital on Thursday for nausea and stomach aches. It was initially believed they were poisoned but no alcohol has been found.
The party at Bondenwald high school in Hamburg ended earlier than planned when 45 students between the ages of 10 and 14 complained they were feeling ill.
The fire service was called and 32 students were taken to the Altona children’s hospital to be examined for potential effects of alcohol poisoning. However, upon testing, no signs of alcohol or other dangerous substances were found in the students’ blood. A spokeswoman for Hamburg police told The Local: “The fire service initially speculated alcohol consumption to be the probable cause and took many of the children to the hospital. “But most of the students felt suddenly better and went home yesterday afternoon.” One pupil, however, did appear to be genuinely sick. Citing medical confidentiality, the spokeswoman would not state cause of his illness and whether or not he had been discharged from hospital.
Doctors suspect that one child was sick and a mass hysteria had ensued among the other children. The theme of the party was “porno,” Bild newspaper reported. Many of the girls wore fishnet stockings, while some boys donned fur coats and dressed as pimps. School officials suspected that the students had been given alcohol, regardless of the fact that alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited on school grounds.
Ok, so let me get this right- the report seems pretty distressed that kids got sick and that alcohol may be the culprit- without even so much as a raised eyebrow about a porn party for 10-14 year old kids????? Alcohol is prohibited but porn is ok? Hookers and pimps are ok, but booze is bad????? Seriously???
We’ve managed to raise a generation of kids, too many of whom have no issues at all with shooting or stabbing anyone they can.
The 16-year-old student who police say stabbed 22 people at his Pennsylvania high school Wednesday had no psychiatric problems and had never been in trouble prior to the incident, his family’s attorney said. Attorney Patrick Thomassey said Alex Hribal’s family sat down for dinner each night. He described the teen as a good student who mingles well with others. “His parents are devastated and send their condolences to everybody involved,” Thomassey told ABC News. “They can’t figure it out.”
The victims families are more devastated. There’s a sickness in our country.
The new cow tipping? Vandals have been flipping Smart cars in San Francisco in what appears to be a bizarre twist on cow tipping. San Francisco police are looking for suspects. Read more——> http://bit.ly/1hyhLeJ
That there is my dream car. People in Frisco, I don’t like you.
This atrocity needs to be laid right at the feet of the Assad government.
Dutch priest murdered in his church in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Father Francis Van der Lugt had insisted on remaining in Homs during more than three years of war as he worked to keep international attention on the plight of starving residents.
A true priest- a true servant of God- killed by the merciless thugs employed by Assad. The same merciless wicked thugs who have killed thousands of children and tens of thousands of adults. Assad is a criminal and he needs to be arrested and tried and convicted and executed.
Abo Moaz recounted speaking to an eye-witness of the murder: “The Christian man told me he had been alone with Father Francis and a Christian woman in the monster when the gunman entered. The woman ran out to ask for help,” he said. “The masked man took Father to the garden of the monastery and made him sit on a chair. After that he shot him in the head. The bullet hit near his right eye, penetrating his skull.”
Reverend Ziad Hillal, another Jesuit who had previously lived with the Dutch priest in the Homs monastery, echoed Mr Moaz’s account: “Father Francis was killed in the garden of our monastery. It was a premeditated act,” he told Vatican Radio.
It is so far unknown who committed the murder.
The Syrian state television news agency SANA blamed the killing on “terrorists” but gave no further details. Some members of the opposition blamed the death on “pro-regime gunmen” who they said had “infiltrated” opposition ranks.
In recent months Father Van der Lugt was known as a champion for inter-religious dialogue, who had managed to maintain working, generally good, relationships with some of the most hardline Islamic rebel groups in the area.
Abo Moaz said: “Everybody loved and respected him, the revolutionaries, the Muslim religious leaders and the ordinary people.”
Assad’s men did it. Assad did it.
This kid walked into his school- pulled a gun, shot and killed people, and he’s just been released with time served. It’s an outrage.
A judge denied judicial diversion Monday for Kenny Bartley, who was found guilty of reckless homicide in the 2005 shootings at Campbell County High School, and sentenced him to time served. Bartley was found guilty in February of reckless homicide in the death of Assistant Principal Ken Bruce, but not guilty of felony murder.
Time served – for murder. There is no accountability in this country anymore. I’m disgusted beyond words.