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My Escape From The Evangelical Cult In Which I Was Raised Began At The Library
In 1997 when I was 16, sexual purity and abstinence-only culture was all I had ever known. I was the girl in the oversized jumper dress that hid my figure and my legs. I wore a silver purity ring on my right hand and a hunter green "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelet on my wrist. I didn’t use makeup or tampons. I didn’t kiss, hold hands, or date. I definitely never looked at my naked body if I could avoid it. I stood out in all the wrong ways, but this was my normal. And all of my homeschool friends were just like me.
In my evangelical cult, a woman’s path in life was clear: Get married, have children but not a career, keep quiet, be modest, and obey your husband. A man needed to make money and be in charge, and meanwhile, his wife would provide him with sex and care for his children. When a teen rebelled against their parents or a wife left her husband, it was commonly spoken of as a form of demon possession, and we prayed that the person under satanic oppression would be released. Spanking children as young 18 months old was encouraged, and strict discipline was expected. In fact, one pastor gave a seminar about which spanking methods and everyday household items produced the best obedience in children and teens. Ritualistic beatings were coded as loving discipline.
United Methodist Church investigating voting irregularities at summit that bolstered LGBT bans
Michael Jackson's Streams Drop After 'Finding Neverland'
Michael Jackson's sales, streaming numbers, and radio airplay have all dipped in the wake of the two-part documentary Leaving Neverland.
According to Billboard, Jackson's combined album and song sales dropped by 5 percent after the Neverland premiere. His album sales alone dropped by 39 percent. Jackson's on-demand streams fell from 19.7 million to 18.7 million.
BBC to ban Michael Jackson music from Strictly Come Dancing after Leaving Neverland paedophile documentary
Michael Jackson’s evil was totally obvious at the time
Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson-inspired clothing amid backlash
Drake drops Michael Jackson-sampling song from European tour
Michael Jackson 'innocent' adverts to be removed from London buses
Protest over racist private school video ends in student victory
A four-day sit-in by angry students at the tony Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale ended Thursday after administrators finally complied with a long list of demands, an organizer told The Post.
Without access to showers or beds, nearly 100 kids spent three nights inside a school building to protest administrative apathy towards racial issues at the famously liberal institution.
The action was launched after the emergence of a video last month that depicted several apparently intoxicated Fieldston students using the phrase “crack n—-” at an off campus gathering.
Georgia Dad Outraged After He Says School Bus Driver Left His 5-Year-Old Daughter Behind 3 Times
Officials at a Georgia elementary school are apologizing to a concerned father after he said that his 5-year-old daughter had been left behind by school bus drivers three times.
Video footage showed Tristan King confronting staff at Norton Elementary school in Snellville after learning that the school bus driver had driven off without his young daughter yet again. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitutionthis link opens in a new tab that his fourth-grade son called him in a panic with the news.
“He called us screaming that his sister wasn’t on the bus and they wouldn’t wait for her or let him off to find her,” King told the publication.
Angry dad brings loaded AK-47 to Florida school because son called crying, police say
Dean Norris slams ‘rich fuck wads’ who ‘cheated for their already privileged kids’
“When I think of all the kids who studied hard, stayed up late, had part-time jobs to pay for their college application fees, and then were denied rightly deserved places in elite colleges because some rich f—wads cheated for their already privileged kids— I’m disgusted,” Norris tweeted Tuesday.
Lyft driver told a gay man he’ll burn in hell & refused to let him out of the car until they prayed
A Lyft driver in Washington DC has been fired after telling a gay passenger he’ll “burn in hell” and refusing to let the man out of the car until they prayed away his sins.
This guy threatened to bomb a grocery store to kill a gay man & kept stealing a town’s pride flag
High School Students Circulated ‘Gay List’ Online, Naming 100 Classmates as ‘The Biggest F*gs’ — WATCH
Ofsted backs primary school over Muslim parents who pull kids from class in protest at gay lessons
Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 50 charged in college admissions scam for unworthy kids, prosecutors say
Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been charged in a nationwide college-entrance cheating scam, according to federal court records unsealed on Tuesday.
Huffman, Loughlin, and 48 other individuals — including a slew of wealthy executives and attorneys — engaged in “large-scale, elaborate fraud” to create a “rigged system” at elite American universities like Yale, Stanford, USC, and UCLA, according to prosecutors. In some cases, they allegedly used imposters to stand in for the children at exams or bribed athletic recruiters to recruit their children, even if they didn’t end up playing that sport in college.
Federal prosecutors cited one example where parents paid a $400,000 bribe to Yale’s women’s soccer coach so that their daughter could attend the school. She didn't play soccer.
The investigation is ongoing, and more parents and coaches are believed to be involved.
Straight dudes confess the gayest things they’ve done in private
A new Reddit thread asks hetero guys the question many of us are dying to know: “As a straight guy, what’s the gayest thing you’ve done?”
The thread was posted just yesterday and has already garnered over 7,000 responses.
“I’m a professional body piercer,” one guy writes. “I touch other dudes’ dicks all the time.”
South Carolina school rejects 4th grader’s essay supporting LGBTQ rights
Elizabeth Foster, the principal of Anderson Mill Elementary School — a public school in the town of Moore, South Carolina (population 13,739) — reportedly rejected the inclusion of a 4th grade student’s essay promoting LGBTQ-acceptance from a book of student essays “on society.”
The principal believed the 10-year-old student’s essay would “make other parents upset … due to the type of school this is, the people that work here and the students and families of the students that go here,” creating an “undesirable situation at the school,” according to a lawsuit filed in federal court by the child’s parents.
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME Muslim parents encourage kids to chant outside primary school for promoting ‘gay lessons’
Parents protesting over LGBT+ lessons in Birmingham told they risk attracting ‘extreme fringe movements’
Parents protesting about LGBT+ lessons at a Birmingham primary school have been warned that they risk attracting “extreme fringe movements”, by the city’s council.
The advice came as hundreds signed a petition supporting the school’s diversity programme.
Parents and staff at Parkfield Community School, where most pupils are Muslim, were urged by the council to “come together” amid a row over teachings on same-sex relationships.
It comes after a number of demonstrations by some parents who claim their children are too young for the topic. Some families took their offspring out of the school in protest.
Swastikas Found at Famously Elite, Progressive D.C. School Sidwell Friends
A student assembly at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., was cut short after students beamed racist usernames and swastikas onto a screen, HuffPost reported Wednesday.
Sidwell, one of the country’s top preparatory schools, is famously progressive and has educated generations of D.C.’s elites. But the school has not been immune to the rise of hate speech and hate crimes on campuses across the U.S., according to HuffPost: In recent months, a swastika was found drawn on a whiteboard in the school, while others were found etched into benches in a school assembly room.
Former Special Ed Teacher Accused of Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting Boy, Starting When He Was 11
A former Michigan special education teacher allegedly sexually assaulted a boy for about three years, beginning when the boy was 11.
PEOPLE learns from online records that the January arrest of Heather Winfield, 38, followed an investigation that began in 2016, soon after the teacher resigned from her position at Thunder Bay Junior High School in Alpena after district officials first learned of the allegations.
Winfield has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child younger than 13 and single counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct during the commission of a felony, third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child aged 13 to 15, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child younger than 13, accosting a minor for immoral purposes, and using a computer to commit a crime.
Did Michael Jackson Abuse Because He Was Abused?
When Amanda Robson’s husband, Wade, first told her that he had suffered years of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, she grew worried for the safety of their son. “Is there any confusion as to what is appropriate in how you love [him]?” she says she asked Wade, in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
Her concern, that as an alleged victim of molestation her husband may have been a threat that spread that evil to another generation, reflects a view so embedded in the culture that it rarely merits much discussion. But the “cycle of abuse,” as it’s often understood, is nothing less than psychological Lysenkoism: the belief, in the absence of clear, empirical evidence, that lived abuse tends to propagate across generations and reproduce itself in specific ways. The facts about the “intergenerational transmission of maltreatment,” as scholars call it, are very complicated, and while there’s some truth to the idea as it’s generally portrayed, there’s also a fair amount of falsehood.
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Art and Africa and the stories they tell
Three of the contemporary art world's leading light talk about Africa and art.
More than a third of millennials share Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's worry about having kids while the threat of climate change looms
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines last week when she suggested that some young Americans are concerned about having children because of the threat that climate change could pose to future generations.
"Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don't turn this ship around ... there's scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult," Ocasio-Cortez said on Instagram Live. "And even if you don't have kids, there are still children here in the world, and we have a moral obligation to leave a better world for them."
The 29-year-old New York progressive went on to say young people are grappling with the question: "Is it OK to still have children?"