Sexual Abuse
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Autonomy and accountability

Churches | A bombshell report on abuse by Southern Baptist leaders spurs reflection on church structure
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/15/19, 04:32 pm

A report about sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches this week sparked demands for criminal investigations and more accountability—calls that echo requests that abuse victims made to denominational leaders more than 10 years ago.

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Wolves and lambs

News | Predatory scandals unfold in a church and a state
by Jamie Dean
Posted 2/14/19, 02:00 pm

As Southern Baptists headed to church on Sunday, Feb. 10, the Houston Chronicle published a major investigation into devastating patterns of sexual abuse in Southern Baptist congregations.

The findings: Since 1998, some 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced sexual misconduct allegations involving more than 700 victims. More than 200 offenders have been convicted or have taken plea deals. Nearly 100 remain in prison. Others have returned to Southern Baptist pulpits.

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The Iranian revolution at 40

International | Plus, elections in Nigeria and a euthanasia trial in Canada
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/11/19, 03:06 pm

IRAN: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that ushered in Tehran’s theocracy under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The tumultuous events (timeline here) led to the hostage-taking of 52 Americans from the U.S.

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