Faith healers sentenced to prison; abusive church continues

Herbert and Catherine Schaible Herbert and Catherine Schaible are sent to prison for the faith healing death of their 2nd child.

But the abusive church they belong to — a cult of Christianity — continues unhindered. [Read more...]

Lawmaker seeks to remove Christian Scientists’ religious exemption

'Christian' Science When it comes to issues of child abuse or neglect, followers of Christian Science — which is neither ‘Christian’ nor ‘science’ — should be held to the same standards as members of other groups.

A lawmaker in Washington state has introduced a bill that would eliminate a ‘faith healing’ exemption for Christian Scientists. [Read more...]

Idaho’s faith healing exemption targeted following child deaths

Followers of Christ church, Marsing, Idaho An ongoing series of preventable deaths among children of parents who belong to a religious sect, have prompted an Idaho lawmaker to draft a bill that addresses how the state deals with the issue of faith healing when minors are involved.

In 2011 the State of Oregon passed a similar bill in response to numerous child deaths at the same church. [Read more...]

FLDS cult’s ranch to be seized

FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch The state of Texas is one step closer to seizing the Yearning For Zion Ranch — a 1,691 acres property owned by the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Under Texas law, law enforcement can try to seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct. [Read more...]

Orval Brewery needs more Trappist monks; US gets first Trappist Beer

Orval Trappist Beer The global demand for Orval Trappist beer far outstrips supply, but the abbey-based brewery cannot increase production due to a scarcity of monks.

Meanwhile, a beer brewed at an abbey in Massachusetts has become the first in the U.S.to te receive the ‘Authentic Trappist Product’ designation. [Read more...]