She’s been called a crook. A con artist. A snake in the grass. But in Alabama, the only thing that really matters to state regulators is that the day care operator calls herself a Christian.
Physically punishing children is outlawed in almost all day cares in America. But four states offer an exception for religious providers, and Reveal found that hundreds of those day cares exploited the rules.
Thousands of religious day cares across America legally are allowed to run their facilities with little government oversight. But freedom from regulation can come at a high price for children. And when things go wrong, parents have little recourse.
Across the country, lawmakers have carved out exemptions from common rules for religious groups, ranging from immigration to land use.
In this episode of Reveal, we explore the tricky territory of religious freedom and how different groups have exploited this loophole across the U.S.
Most day care facilities are regulated by state agencies. But some states exempt religious day cares from the rules.
In this hour of Reveal, we take you behind the scenes of The Boston Globe’s Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, look at the legacy of the groundbreaking story and see how other journalists went on to expose more crimes by Catholic priests around the world.
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Santa Muerte, the goddess of death, is worshipped by millions of Mexican Catholics. But law enforcement agencies are going after believers, claiming that there is a link between the popular folk religion and the narcotics trade.