Religion News Briefs, December 19, 2012
They were statements of a distraught and confused young man under extreme psychological pressures as a result of his friend Bethany’s untimely suicide and the sudden removal of his spiritual leader, Tyler Deaton, from their extremely close-knit religious community.
The doctrines taught in that community affected Micah’s mental state and unfortunately dominated his thinking. Micah’s fiction to police led to the filing of the complaint in this case.
the defense can argue that the detective’s personal religious beliefs affected his objectivity in evaluating [the girl’s] disclosure and evaluating any influence that [the two church critics] may have had leading up [the girl’s] disclosures.
But it is also clear to the court the detective McCall honestly did not see this information as Brady evidence.
The court concludes that his personal religious opposition to what he perceives of Sound Doctrine Church may be affecting his judgement in this regard.
Fraser was arrested by Enumclaw police March 20 of this year. According to charging papers, he is alleged to have had repeated sexual contacts with a girl during 2005 and 2006. […]
The victim alleges Fraser visited her room more than 20 times, after midnight, and touched her in an inappropriate manner. Fraser “would cover her mouth so she would keep quiet and not yell,” according to the report. The victim said she attempted to fight, but Fraser would threaten to hurt the child or her mother. The victim said Fraser informed her she would go to hell if she told anyone what was occurring.
[R]oughly one-in-six people around the globe (1.1 billion, or 16%) have no religious affiliation. This makes the unaffiliated the third-largest religious group worldwide, behind Christians and Muslims, and about equal in size to the world’s Catholic population.
Surveys indicate that many of the unaffiliated hold some religious or spiritual beliefs (such as belief in God or a universal spirit) even though they do not identify with a particular faith.
Read the full report: The Global Religious Landscape
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