Alabama lawmakers introduced a landmark bill to abolish a longstanding law that exempts more than 900 religious day cares from state oversight.
The settlement came five days into a trial in which a former Witness claimed the religion’s parent corporation violated Pennsylvania’s child abuse reporting laws by instructing elders not to report her allegations to police.
For more than a decade, Deborah Stokes managed to operate a string of dangerous day cares around southern Alabama simply by claiming she ran a church. But no more.
On this episode of Reveal, we track down people who know the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ secrets and expose stories behind a religion with 8 million follower
The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses has boldly defied court orders to turn over the names and whereabouts of alleged child sexual abusers across the United States.
Not long after the election, Congress is expected to tussle over an amendment that would allow religious organizations receiving federal dollars to discriminate against workers based on their beliefs.
A growing online petition calls for the end of “The God Loophole,” the patchwork of laws around the country that exempt faith-based day cares from licensing rules designed to protect children.
Florida is one of 16 states that grants certain freedom from oversight to religious day cares.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation argued that a Texas judge’s courtroom prayers violated the separation of church and state, but the state attorney general has affirmed the practice.
A man who ran an Alabama day care registered under a church’s name was convicted of sexual abuse. But the state Supreme Court later ruled that the church and day care weren’t connected.