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Many Women Targeted by Faith Leaders, Survey Says

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

One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, a survey released Wednesday says.

The study, by Baylor University researchers, found that the problem is so pervasive that it almost certainly involves a wide range of denominations, religious traditions and leaders.

Carolyn Waterstradt, 42, a graduate student who lives in the Midwest, said she was coerced into a sexual relationship with a married minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 18 months. He had been her pastor for a decade, she said, and told her the relationship was ordained by God.

Garland said, “when you put it with a spiritual leader or moral leader, you’ve really added a power that we typically don’t think about in secular society — which is that this person speaks for God and interprets God for people. And that really adds a power.”

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Links Roundup: Lots o’ wrongness

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by arievergreen

I haven’t updated in a while, but I sure have saved up a lot of links! Here’s a whole batch of wrongness all over the world – and all of it done in the name of god.

Any of these stories speak to you? Please comment.

Psychologists dismiss gay-to-straight therapy

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

There is no firm evidence that sexual orientation can be changed through therapy, so mental health professionals should not tell conflicted gay clients that they can become heterosexual with such treatments, the American Psychological Association declared today. In adopting a resolution, the APA’s governing council said some research suggests such “reparative therapy” could induce depression or suicidal tendencies. A task force recommended that mental health professionals “avoid misrepresenting the efficacy of sexual orientation change efforts when providing assistance to people distressed about their own or others’ sexual orientation,” usually as a result of religious doctrine… “As part of its report, the task force identified that some clients seeking to change their sexual orientation may be in distress because of a conflict between their sexual orientation and religious beliefs. The task force recommended that licensed mental health care providers treating such clients help them ‘explore possible life paths that address the reality of their sexual orientation, reduce the stigma associated with homosexuality, respect the client’s religious beliefs, and consider possibilities for a religiously and spiritually meaningful and rewarding life.’ “

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Ultra-Orthodox riot over arrest of suspected child abuser continues in Jerusalem

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

The mother in this story seems to be suffering from a mental disorder – her actions do not appear to have a religious motivation. I’m posting this piece because of the people who are supporting one member of their community (the mother) at the expense of another (her abused child). This seems to be one of many cases where justice is perceived as a threat to a religious group, an attitude which can result in hiding and perpetuating abuse and neglect, instead of stopping it.

Ultra-orthodox riot in Jerusalem over the arrest of a woman suspected of nearly starving her three-year-old son to death showed no sign of abating on Thursday afternoon, local daily Jerusalem Post reported. According to the report, police evacuated welfare workers from their office in the Geula neighborhood as ultra-orthodox protesters pelted the building with stones. Simultaneously, protesters burned tires and hurled stones at passing vehicles on Shivtei Yisrael Street. On Dvora Hanevia Street, where protesters had earlier stoned the Education Ministry, protesters burned garbage bins, damaged road signs and tried to block the street. They were dispersed by police… The riot came after Tuesday’s report that a 30-year-old suspected child abuser, who is ultra-Orthodox and belongs to one of the most extreme sects in Jerusalem, was arrested for allegedly starving her son for two years until he weighed merely seven kilograms. According to the newspaper, the woman apparently suffers from Munchausen’s-by-proxy, a psychiatric disorder that entails abusing someone, typically a child, to draw attention to or sympathy for oneself… The Hadassah administrator said the boy was likely to recover physically with good care, but it was not clear what his traumatic experience would do to him mentally and psychologically.

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Gunman kills 2 at Tel Aviv club for gay youths

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

A gunman sprayed automatic fire at an Israeli club for gay teenagers on Saturday, killing two people and wounding at least eight, police and witnesses said… Tel Aviv police chief Shachar Ayalon stopped short of branding the shooting a hate crime remarks to reporters. But one protester at the scene held up a placard blaming a powerful religious Jewish political party whose members have regularly inveighed against gays.

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