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Mega-church minister Osteen signs on for reality TV series | The Raw Story

Mega-church minister Osteen signs on for reality TV series | The Raw Story.

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HOUSTON (Reuters) – The Rev. Joel Osteen, who leads the largest U.S. church congregation, said he has signed an agreement to develop a reality television show.

“What I’m excited about is that it’s another way to take our message of hope and inspiring people to another venue,” Osteen said at a press conference this week.

The series, which is still in the formative stages, would be based on the church’s missions. Some 300 to 500 members of the church would go to help a community in need — sort of like “Extreme Home Makeover,” Osteen said. …

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Beating Babies in the Name of Jesus? The Shady World of Right-Wing ‚Discipline‘ Guides | | AlterNet

Beating Babies in the Name of Jesus? The Shady World of Right-Wing ‚Discipline‘ Guides | | AlterNet.

There is a brutal movement in America that legitimizes child abuse in the name of God.

There is a brutal movement in America that legitimizes child abuse in the name of God. Two stories recently converged to make us pay attention. Last week, a video went viral of a Texas judge brutally whipping his disabled daughter. And on Monday, the New York Times published a story about child deaths in homes that have embraced the teachings of To Train Up a Child, a book by Christian preacher Michael Pearl that advocates using a switch on children as young as six months old. 

What many people may not realize is that in the evangelical alternative universe of the home school movement, tightly knit church communities and the following of a number of big-time leaders and authors, physical punishment of children has been glorified for years.

Bill Gothard is the founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles in Illinois, which promotes a Christian home „education“ program. As quoted in the Beacon article Murray said „I remember how it was, like every day was Mission Impossible trying to keep the rules or not get caught and just …survive every single (expletive) day,“

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In The Strong Willed Child (Living Books 1992), Dobson makes a parallel between beating children and beating dogs:


„I had seen this defiant mood before, and knew there was only one way to deal with it. The ONLY way to make Siggie obey is to threaten him with destruction. Nothing else works. I turned and went to my closet and got a small belt to help me ‚reason‘ with Mr. Freud.

„What developed next is impossible to describe. That tiny dog and I had the most vicious fight ever staged between man and beast. I fought him up one wall and down the other, with both of us scratching and clawing and growling and swinging the belt. I am embarrassed by the memory of the entire scene. Inch by inch I moved him toward the family room and his bed. As a final desperate maneuver, Siggie backed into the corner for one last snarling stand. I eventually got him to bed, only because I outweighed him 200 to 12!

„But this is not a book about the discipline of dogs; there is an important moral to my story that is highly relevant to the world of children. JUST AS SURELY AS A DOG WILL OCCASIONALLY CHALLENGE THE AUTHORITY OF HIS LEADERS, SO WILL A LITTLE CHILD — ONLY MORE SO.“ [Emphasis Dobson’s]

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Rick Perry Supports Israeli Attack On Iran, Even If It Sparks Regional War

pAppearing on CNN last night, Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry expressed his religiously-inspired support for Israel to an extent few politicians or other presidential candidates have: unwavering support for Israel should it decide to start a war with Iran, even if that meant a region wide conflict. CNN’s John King asked Perry […]/p

viaRick Perry Supports Israeli Attack On Iran, Even If It Sparks Regional War.

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Hank Skinner Deserves DNA Tests – imnmediately!

Hank Skinner Deserves DNA Tests

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Posted: 26 Oct 2011 04:24 PM PDT

Hank Skinner is scheduled to be executed in two weeks despite his claims of innocence and his pending request for DNA tests. Attorneys for Skinner asked a federal court on Monday to keep his civil lawsuit alive as they try to recover evidence for new DNA testing they claim may prove his innocence. Although this evidence has not been tested, the state is prepared to execute Skinner on Wednesday, November 9. Please join us in writing to District Attorney Lynn Switzer to allow the evidence to be tested before it is too late. Post-conviction testing is available for DNA evidence not previously analyzed and for DNA evidence that was tested but that can be re-examined with newer technology.

 Skinner was convicted and sentenced to death in 1995 for killing his live-in girlfriend and her two adult sons – a crime he says he didn’t commit.

After drinking alcohol and consuming Xanax the night of the murder, he said he was too intoxicated to have committed the crimes and has been seeking DNA testing for over a decade. Skinner, 49, came within an hour of lethal injection last year.


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Catholic bishop charged in child abuse case | The Raw Story/Video

Catholic bishop charged in child abuse case | The Raw Story.


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Photo: The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

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Shocking New Alabama Program: Go to Church Or Go to Jail

Shocking New Alabama Program: Go to Church Or Go to Jail

Ian Millhiser, News Analysis: “As conservative law Professor Eugene Volokh points out, religiously compelled church attendance is so clearly and obviously unconstitutional, that the Mississippi Supreme Court held that a ‘judge’s decision to order people to attend church as a condition of bail is not just unconstitutional, but merits a 30-day suspension from the bench.’ Again, this was in Mississippi. Just across the border in Alabama, however, one town apparently thinks that the Constitutionno longer applies.”

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Rick Perry: God Commands Us to Support Israls

 Rick Perry: God Commands Us to Support Israel Texas Governor Rick Perry/FlickrBacking Israel isn’t just good policy, the GOP presidential front-runner said Tuesday. It’s also a religious duty—one Barack Obama isn’t fulfilling. —By Michael Tracey DonateNewsletter183 Comments | Post CommentWed Sep. 21, 2011 3:00 AM PDT There were likely few Orthodox Jews around for Rick Perry to hug when he was growing up in West Texas, but on Tuesday in Manhattan, the governor managed his warm embraces with ease. Perry treated a coterie of Jewish community leaders from across the five boroughs to a closed-door chat before giving them the opportunity to stand behind him during a press conference at the W Hotel in Union Square. Men with robust beards and yarmulkes accompanied Perry at the podium, where he outlined a „pro-Israel“ vision for American foreign policy and answered questions from reporters…

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