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Scientology: The Tom Cruise Edition

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by arievergreen

Gawker has been running some scary stories about Scientology lately, all connected to Tom Cruise. It sounds like the recent revelations from high-profile defectors are making serious litigation a real possibility.

Ironic similarity of Iranian women to Iranian Baha’i’s

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by arievergreen

For the past 400 years… Iranian women have been second class citizens. From forced wearing of the hijab, whether its full chador or roosari to a whole host of other things that most of us Iranian men have known and know about but haven’t given enough crap to correct; examples are laws of divorce, inheritance, jobs, salaries, mandatory husband permission to do many things, custody etc etc. Bottom line, if you ask most women in Iran if they feel equal to men, the answer is NO. Women have been systematically oppressed via teachings of Islam and men have benefited from this for at least 4 centuries… Since the very first weeks of the so called revolution of 1980 and the formation of the Islamic Republic, the government of IRI has systematically done everything possible to make second class citizens out of the Bahais. The steps taken included but were not limited to: 1) confiscation of real and personal property 2) prohibition of work in public or private enterprieses 3) prohibition of enterance into institutes of higher eductaion (public or private universities) 4) creation of an atmosphere of fear and in some cases encouragement to leave Iran.

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Sex abuse testimony ends Alamo’s long crime career

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by arievergreen

Of all the horrid accusations against evangelist Tony Alamo β€” and the list is long β€” it was the testimony of formerly loyal subjects, recounting “marriages” between their cult leader and girls as young as 8, that may end his 40-year rule and send him to prison for life. Born Bernie Lazar Hoffman, the 74-year-old faces up to 175 years behind bars following his conviction Friday on 10 counts of transporting young girls across state lines for sexual purposes. Some jurors wept while women described being molested by and forced into sex with their decades-older pastor… “This man has been running around the country for decades getting away with doing awful things and hurtful things to people,” said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which lists Tony Alamo Christian Ministries as a hate group for its virulent anti-Catholicism and homophobic leaflets. “Law enforcement is very reluctant to intervene in what looks like religion,” Potok said “You’ve got to be very careful when you are attacking people’s beliefs. There is a tendency to not want to violate people’s constitutional rights.”… [The church] promised eternal salvation and free room and board. In exchange, they demanded total control of their followers’ money, communication and sex lives… Former members carried tales of corporal punishment, forced marriages and being refused food for days… 11-year-old Justin had been paddled. Authorities said he had been beaten for “misbehavior” including asking a science question in history class, punished with 140 blows from a 3-foot board while Alamo gave orders via speaker phone… [Alamo] still preached that Armageddon was around the corner and young girls made the best wives… Women were talking β€” on an Internet site and to state police, who alerted the FBI. They were tired of being abused, they said. They’d been given to Alamo as teenagers. They’d seen others handed over at ages 8, 9 and 10.

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Nickel and Dimed

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2009 by arievergreen

[University of Georgia historian Bethany Moreton, author of β€œTo Serve God and Wal-Mart] offers more novel observations about the lure of Wal-Mart. She explains, for example, how the company invoked the fundamentalist Christian teachings embraced by many of its employees to fashion a working environment that induced them to work contentedly for low wages and paltry benefits.

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