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    Kill 800 babies buried in septic tank at Christian Nuns run home for unmarried mothers

    June 4, 2014

    Death records suggest 796 children, from newborns to eight-year-olds, were deposited in a grave near a Catholic-run home for unmarried mothers during the 35 years it operated from 1925 to 1961.

    Historian Catherine Corless, who made the discovery, says her study of death records for the St Mary's home in Tuam in County Galway suggests that a former septic tank near the home was a mass grave.

    The septic tank, full to the brim with bones, was discovered in 1975 by locals when concrete slabs covering the tank broke up.

    Until now, locals believed the bones mainly stemmed from the Great Irish famine of the 1840s when hundreds of thousands perished.

    St Mary's, run by the Bons Secours Sisters, was one of several such 'mother and baby' homes in early 20th century Ireland.

    Thousands of unmarried pregnant women -- labelled at the time as 'fallen women' -- were sent to the homes to have their babies.

    The women were ostracised by the conservative-Catholic society and were often forced to hand over their children for adoption.

    Health issues and problems associated with the homes have long been documented. As far back as 1944, a government inspection report of the Tuam home described some of the children as "fragile, pot-bellied and emaciated."

    The recently discovered death records for St Mary's show the 796 children died from malnutrition and infectious diseases, such as measles and TB.

    Conservative Catholic teaching at the time denied children of unmarried parents baptism and therefore burial in consecrated lands.

    The home was knocked down many years ago to make way for new houses, but the area around the unmarked mass grave has been maintained by locals.

    A fundraising committee has now been formed and it is hoped that a memorial will be built with all the names and ages of the children displayed.

    The Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary said he would meet leaders of the Bons Secours Sisters to assist with the memorial.

    Meanwhile, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said that if a public inquiry into the 'mother and baby' homes in Ireland was not established then a social history project was necessary.

    Martin also said he supports "excavating what may be unmarked graves" at these sites.

    A junior government minister has called for an inquiry to be established and the issue is expected to be discussed at cabinet.

    The development is a yet another damning disclosure of a Church-run institution in Ireland following almost countless revelations of abuse and neglect at Catholic-run schools or institutions in recent decades.

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    Christian fundamentalist attacking a naked prostitute by knife

    Terrifying moment as knife-wielding Christian fundamentalist claiming to be 'messenger from god' attacks a naked prostitute to 'cleanse her sins'

    By Leith Huffadine - 20 August 2015

    A man claiming to be a 'messenger from God' has robbed and attacked a prostitute with a knife.

    Dramatic video from a hotel in Taiwan, where the attack took place, shows the armed man chasing the naked escort in a hallway.

    The 42-year-old man repeatedly lunges and attempts to stab her, while she uses what appears to be a pillow to shield herself from the blows.

    The man, only identified by his last name, Shi, told police after the attack he had heard 'the Lord' tell him to 'cleanse the sins of a prostitute with blood', the Shanghaiist reported.

    The flong-term unemployed man claimed he received the directions during prayer three years ago and brought a knife for the attack, but waited to act until a month ago.

    After luring the victim, identified by her last name, Dai, to a hotel room, he forced her to strip, robbed her, then began his attack with a knife, saying he would cleanse her sins.

    When hotel staff were alerted by the victim's screaming and rushed to help, Shi attempted to flee.

    Although the incident occurred a month ago, footage had only recently surfaced on the internet.

    In a strange video, posted by appledaily.com, footage of the attack is edited alongside what appears to be an animated interpretation of the event.

    The website and video are not in English.

    Shi's mental health was questioned after he claimed to be a 'messenger from God', but he told investigators 'my head is very clear'.

    He was charged for robbery and prosecutors were advised to send him for medical examination.



    Typical Christian fundamentalists, thinking they’re the chosen people to whom God speaks personally. Did God tell him to strip her and rob her too? George Bush was another Christian fundamentalist to whom God “spoke” to invade Iraq.

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    Church Forces Women To Be Impregnated by Strangers

    By Chris Spargo - 1 October 2015

    A petition filed earlier this year reveals that women in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are impregnated by a select group of men known as 'seed bearers'.

    Charlene Jeffs, whose estranged brother-in-law Warren ran the church, was attempting to get custody of her children from her husband Lyle when she described the practice during which one or multiple men are selected to have sex with a woman to get her pregnant.

    The woman's husband meanwhile must sit in the room while this man or men have sex with his wife, holding her hand the entire time.

    'A seed bearer is an elect man of a worthy bloodline chosen by the Priesthood to impregnate the FLDS woman,' wrote Jeffs in her petition which was obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune.

    'FLDS men are no longer permitted to have children with their multiple wives. That privilege belongs to the seed bearer alone.

    'It is the husband's responsibility to hold the hands of their wives while the seed bearer "spreads his seed."

    'In layman terms, the husband is required to sit in the room while the chosen seed bearer, or a couple of them, rape his wife or wives.'

    Soon after this document was filed Lyle agreed to share custody with Charlene with the children living with their mother according to CNN.

    Sam Brower, a private investigator who has been following the FLDS closely for 10 years now and wrote the book Prophet's Prey about the church, claims he has spoken to multiple people who support Charlene's claims of 'seed bearers.'

    'It's ritualistic procreation, performed on a ritualistic bed-slash-altar,' said Brower.

    Even more shocking however is the claim made by Brower that husbands and wives are only allowed to touch when the wife is being impregnated by the 'seed bearer' or 'bearers,' and that any touching outside that is viewed as adultery - even a handshake.

    'I'm 100 percent satisfied as a private investigator that it exists,' said Brower of the practice.

    Children in the church meanwhile can be moved between families and parents as officials see fit according to Charlene.

    'In the FLDS Church, children belong to the Priesthood and can be transferred to different mothers or different parents all together upon an order from the Priesthood,' she said in her petition.

    This treatment, combined with the idea of her 14-year-old daughter being forced to get pregnant by 'seed bearers' is why why Charlene filed for custody.

    Her former husband Lyle continues to run the church while his brother Warren is behind bars, though Warren is still considered the prophet.


    This is what these western Christians do in their church cults and yet they try to accuse Muslims of oppressing Muslim women, including rape.

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    Christian leader explains why children must go hungry so the church can have money

    by Sarah K. Burris - 03 Apr 2017
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs their members to give their 10 percent tithing money to the church so much that they don't care if your children go hungry.

    Patheos noticed that over the weekend at the Mormon's biannual General Conference elder Valeri V. Cordón gave a speech demanding the church's money. He explained that as a child he worked in his father's factory during school vacations.

    "The first question my father always asked after I received my salary was, 'What are you going to do with your money?'" he recalled. "I know the answer and responded, 'Pay my tithing and save for my mission.'"

    His father asked him the same question each time but he clarified that he had already learned the lesson because his father couldn't buy food for him after a civil war in Guatemala.
    He went hungry often times because his parents had to pay the church.

    "One day, during those difficult times,
    I heard my parents discussing whether they should pay tithing or buy food for the children," he told the audience. "On Sunday, I followed my father to see what he was going to do. After our Church meetings, I saw him take an envelope and put his tithing in it. That was only part of the lesson. The question that remained for me was: what we were going to eat!"

    Jesus Christ spoke frequently about the church caring for the poor. "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God," Christ said in Luke 6:20-21. Earlier in Luke, Christ is quoted telling his followers, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

    Reports indicate theMormon church earns $7 billion each year from the required tithing. No person can become a member of the Mormon church without agreeing to pay the required 10 percent tithing.

    Watch his full speech: https://safeshare.tv/x/bmKOT0FQo-g

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    The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”

    The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”

    **This was originally posted to Forbes on Sunday, Mar 11. Forbes took it down today. This is the explanation I received from the editor. Here is the original article in full:

    Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and an avid supporter of Donald Trump, earned headlines this week for his defense of the president’s adultery with a porn star. Regarding the affair and subsequent financial payments, Jeffress explained, “Even if it’s true, it doesn’t matter.”
    Such a casual attitude toward adultery and prostitution might seem odd from a guy who blamed 9/11 on America’s sinfulness. However, seen through the lens of white evangelicals’ real priorities, Jeffress’ disinterest in Trump’s sordid lifestyle makes sense. Religion is inseparable from culture, and culture is inseparable from history. Modern, white evangelicalism emerged from the interplay between race and religion in the slave states. What today we call “evangelical Christianity,” is the product of centuries of conditioning, in which religious practices were adapted to nurture a slave economy. The calloused insensitivity of modern white evangelicals was shaped by the economic and cultural priorities that forged their theology over centuries.

    Many Christian movements take the title “evangelical,” including many African-American denominations. However, evangelicalism today has been coopted as a preferred description for Christians who were looking to shed an older, largely discredited title: Fundamentalist. A quick glance at a map showing concentrations of adherents and weekly church attendance reveals the evangelical movement’s center of gravity in the Old South. And among those evangelical churches, one denomination remains by far the leader in membership, theological pull, and political influence.

    There is still today a Southern Baptist Church. More than a century and a half after the Civil War, and decades after the Methodists and Presbyterians reunited with their Yankee neighbors, America’s most powerful evangelical denomination remains defined, right down to the name over the door, by an 1845 split over slavery.

    Southern denominations faced enormous social and political pressure from plantation owners. Public expressions of dissent on the subject of slavery in the South were not merely outlawed, they were a death sentence. Baptist ministers who rejected slavery, like South Carolina’s William Henry Brisbane, were forced to flee to the North. Otherwise, they would end up like Methodist minister Anthony Bewley, who was lynched in Texas in 1860, his bones left exposed at local store to be played with by children. Whiteness offered protection from many of the South’s cruelties, but that protection stopped at the subject of race. No one who dared speak truth to power on the subject of slavery, or later Jim Crow, could expect protection.

    Generation after generation, Southern pastors adapted their theology to thrive under a terrorist state. Principled critics were exiled or murdered, leaving voices of dissent few and scattered. Southern Christianity evolved in strange directions under ever-increasing isolation. Preachers learned to tailor their message to protect themselves. If all you knew about Christianity came from a close reading of the New Testament, you’d expect that Christians would be hostile to wealth, emphatic in protection of justice, sympathetic to the point of personal pain toward the sick, persecuted and the migrant, and almost socialist in their economic practices. None of these consistent Christian themes served the interests of slave owners, so pastors could either abandon them, obscure them, or flee.

    What developed in the South was a theology carefully tailored to meet the needs of a slave state. Biblical emphasis on social justice was rendered miraculously invisible. A book constructed around the central metaphor of slaves finding their freedom was reinterpreted. Messages which might have questioned the inherent superiority of the white race, constrained the authority of property owners, or inspired some interest in the poor or less fortunate could not be taught from a pulpit. Any Christian suggestion of social justice was carefully and safely relegated to “the sweet by and by” where all would be made right at no cost to white worshippers. In the forge of slavery and Jim Crow, a Christian message of courage, love, compassion, and service to others was burned away.

    Stripped of its compassion and integrity, little remained of the Christian message. What survived was a perverse emphasis on sexual purity as the sole expression of righteousness, along with a creepy obsession with the unquestionable sexual authority of white men. In a culture where race defined one’s claim to basic humanity, women took on a special religious interest. Christianity’s historic emphasis on sexual purity as a form of ascetic self-denial was transformed into an obsession with women and sex. For Southerners, righteousness had little meaning beyond sex, and sexual mores had far less importance for men than for women. Guarding women’s sexual purity meant guarding the purity of the white race. There was no higher moral demand.

    Changes brought by the Civil War only heightened the need to protect white racial superiority. Churches were the lynchpin of Jim Crow. By the time the Civil Rights movement gained force in the South, Dallas’ First Baptist Church, where Jeffress is the pastor today, was a bulwark of segregation and white supremacy. As the wider culture nationally has struggled to free itself from the burdens of racism, white evangelicals have fought this development while the violence escalated. What happened to ministers who resisted slavery happened again to those who resisted segregation. White Episcopal Seminary student, Jonathan Daniels, went to Alabama in 1965 to support voting rights protests. After being released from jail, he was murdered by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, who was acquitted by a jury. Dozens of white activists joined the innumerable black Americans murdered fighting for civil rights in the 60’s, but very few of them were Southern.

    White Evangelical Christians opposed desegregation tooth and nail. Where pressed, they made cheap, cosmetic compromises, like Billy Graham’s concession to allow black worshipers at his crusades. Graham never made any difficult statements on race, never appeared on stage with his “black friend” Martin Luther King after 1957, and he never marched with King. When King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech,” Graham responded with this passive-aggressive gem of Southern theology, “Only when Christ comes again will the little white children of Alabama walk hand in hand with little black children.” For white Southern evangelicals, justice and compassion belong only to the dead.

    Churches like First Baptist in Dallas did not become stalwart defenders of segregation by accident. Like the wider white evangelical movement, it was then and remains today an obstacle to Christian notions of social justice thanks to a long, dismal heritage. There is no changing the white evangelical movement without a wholesale reconsideration of their theology. No sign of such a reckoning is apparent.

    Those waiting to see the bottom of white evangelical cruelty have little source of optimism. Men like Pastor Jeffress can dismiss Trump’s racist abuses as easily as they dismiss his fondness for porn stars. When asked about Trump’s treatment of immigrants, Jeffress shared these comments:

    Solving DACA without strengthening borders ignores the teachings of the Bible. In fact, Christians who support open borders, or blanket amnesty, are cherry-picking Scriptures to suit their own agendas.
    For those unfamiliar with Christian scriptures, it might helpful to point out what Jesus reportedly said about this subject, and about the wider question of our compassion for the poor and the suffering:

    Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.
    What did Jesus say about abortion, the favorite subject of Jeffress and the rest of the evangelical movement? Nothing. What does the Bible say about abortion, a practice as old as civilization? Nothing. Not one word. The Bible’s exhortations to compassion for immigrants and the poor stretch long enough to comprise a sizeable book of their own, but no matter. White evangelicals will not let their political ambitions be constrained by something as pliable as scripture.

    Why is the religious right obsessed with subjects like abortion while unmoved by the plight of immigrants, minorities, the poor, the uninsured, and those slaughtered in pointless gun violence? No white man has ever been denied an abortion. Few if any white men are affected by the deportation of migrants. White men are not kept from attending college by laws persecuting Dreamers. White evangelical Christianity has a bottomless well of compassion for the interests of straight white men, and not a drop to be spared for anyone else at their expense. The cruelty of white evangelical churches in politics, and in their treatment of their own gay or minority parishioners, is no accident. It is an institution born in slavery, tuned to serve the needs of Jim Crow, and entirely unwilling to confront either of those realities.

    Men like Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy group, are trying to reform the Southern Baptist church in increments, much like Billy Graham before him. His statements on subjects like the Confederate Flag and sexual harassment are bold, but only relative to previous church proclamations. He’s still about three decades behind the rest of American culture in recognition of the basic human rights of the country’s non-white, non-male citizens. Resistance he is facing from evangelicals will continue so long as the theology informing white evangelical religion remains unconsidered and unchallenged.

    While white evangelical religion remains dedicated to its roots, it will perpetuate its heritage. What this religious heritage produced in the 2016 election, when white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump by a record margin, is the truest expression of its moral character.
    You will know a tree by its fruit.



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