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STOLEN (from NBC News): “Bethesda is long closed, yet Christian youth facilities continue to operate across the country, many of them based on similarly severe doctrines, often with little or no government oversight. Despite calls for action in the 1986 congressional hearing, there are still no federal rules governing these programs. While arranged adoptions through these Christian homes are much less common today, a patchwork of state policies has left generations of children vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse at these facilities, advocates and legal experts say.”
Some Jan. 6 defendants accused of other crimes since Capitol attack (from CBS News): “The Justice Department has charged approximately 870 people with crimes in relation to the Capitol attack. A small percentage — several dozen — are being held in pre-trial detention. Thirty of the defendants are being detained in the Washington, D.C., jail.”
Satanic panic is making a comeback, fueled by QAnon believers and GOP influencers (from NBC News): “While the current obsession with Satan was boosted in part by the QAnon community, partisan media and conservative politicians have been instrumental in spreading newfound fears over the so-called ritualistic abuse of children that the devil supposedly inspires, sometimes weaving the allegations together with other culture war issues such as LGBTQ rights. Those fears are powering fresh accusations of ritual abuse online, which are amplified on social media and by partisan media, and can mobilize mobs to seek vigilante justice.”
What really drives anti-abortion beliefs? Research suggests it’s a matter of sexual strategies (from The Conversation): “The evolutionary coin of the realm is fitness – getting more copies of your genes into the next generation. What faraway strangers do presumably has limited impact on your own fitness. So from this perspective, it is a mystery why people in Pensacola care so strongly about what goes on in the bedrooms of Philadelphia or the Planned Parenthoods of Los Angeles.”
The Long History of the Anti-Abortion Movement’s Links to White Supremacists (from The Nation): “The framing of abortion-as-holocaust is starkly visible in a law passed by Alabama in May banning abortion in nearly all circumstances and threatening abortion providers with up to 99 years in prison. The law states, “More than 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States since the Roe decision in 1973, more than three times the number who were killed in German death camps, Chinese purges, Stalin’s gulags, Cambodian killing fields, and the Rwandan genocide combined.” The framing of abortion as holocaust demeans the significance of the Nazi Holocaust, in turn feeding anti-Semitism already interwoven in the movement.”
John Oliver has more than fair criticism for Dick Wolf over Law & Order‘s unrealistic world (from AV Club): “Oliver also cites the endless stream of wealthy, white defendants in the series, a writing decision that Wolf has explained in interviews by stating “there are no rich-white-guy pressure groups. You can do anything you want to rich white guys and nobody cares.” What that mentality accomplishes, Oliver argues, is that “instead of depicting a flawed system riddled with structural racism, the show presents exceptionally competent cops working within a largely fair framework that mostly convicts white people.””
Parents shocked that Christian school will kick out openly LGBTQ students (from OnlySky): “The bottom line is that The Charles Finney School never explicitly had a No LGBTQ Students Allowed policy before, but now they do. Anyone who’s openly gay or trans—and isn’t attempting to fix it—must be kicked out before their cooties infect other students.”
That’s it for this week, but I’ll be back again next time with more reads that you’ll enjoy. Until then, have a great rest of your week and happy reading!