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Christian Group Tied To Amy Coney Barrett Faces Charges Of Sexually Molesting Children

A far-right Christian group with extensive ties to Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has allegedly been allowing children to be sexually abused over the years and reportedly refused to punish the adults accused of committing the crimes.

The Washington Post reports that the group, known as “People of Praise,” is a offshoot of the “Christian movement of the early 1970s, which adopted practices described in the New Testament of the Bible, including speaking in tongues, the use of prophecy and faith healing.”

But all of their claims of piety hid a darker secret which came to light when Katie Logan called the Eden Prairie, Minnesota Police Department to report a crime:

“Her high school physics teacher had sexually assaulted her two decades earlier, she said. She was 17 and had just graduated from a school run by a small Christian group called People of Praise. He was 35 at the time, a widely admired teacher and girls’ basketball coach who lived in a People of Praise home for celibate men.”

Logan also told the dean of the school she attended of the abuse. The dean believed Logan and relayed her complaint to another official at the school.

But nothing happened, according to the Post, and the teacher remained as a staff member at the school:

“Dave Beskar remained at Trinity School at River Ridge until 2011, when he was hired to lead a charter school in Arizona. In 2015, he returned to the Minneapolis area to become headmaster of another Christian school. Beskar denies that any inappropriate sexual activity took place.”

Logan, who is now 37, says despite her warnings, People of Praise swept her complaint under the rug:

“People of Praise leaders failed me. I think they wanted to protect themselves more than they wanted to protect me and other girls.”

Members of a Facebook support group, “PoP Survivors” also allege they were abused by staffers at schools run by the religious organization:

“The Post interviewed nine people in the Facebook group — all but one of them women — who said they were sexually abused as children, as well as anotherman who says he was physically abused. In four of those cases, the people said the alleged abuse was reported to community leaders.”

Justice Barrett, it turns out, was raised in a People of Praise community in Louisiana and remains active in the South Bend, Indiana, branch of the group.

Though her involvement in the group never came up during her Supreme Court confirmation, Barrett was asked about her religious beliefs when she was nominated to the federal appeals court. She said then:

“It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they derive from faith or anywhere else, on the law.”

Men are in control of the decisions made inside People of Praise. The group is led by an all-male board of governors and husbands usually make all the decisions for their wives and children. Wives are not permitted to “take over” for the husbands when it comes to decision making.

Despite the allegations against members of the group, Craig Lent, chairman of the religious group’s board of governors, issued a statement which reads:

“People of Praise has always put the safety of children far above any reputational concerns.”

However, Lent refused to answer any written questions from the Post.

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Arkansas Lawmaker Who Rehomed Daughters Now Says They Were ‘Possessed By Demons’

Arkansas GOP state representative Justin Harris, who rehomed two adopted daughters into the family of a man who later raped one of them, now says that he wanted the girls out of his house because they were “possessed by demons” and a threat to his biological children.

The girl who was sexually abused is referred to in reports by the name of “Mary.” Her younger sister is referred to as “Annie.” Friends who knew the Harris family, and even babysat for them, report that Harris and his wife treated the girls in bizarre ways. Chelsey Goldsborough said Mary was kept separated from the other children and monitored by video camera because Harris was convinced the adopted girls were possessed by demons, and could communicate via mental telepathy. Goldsborough also said Harris and his wife hired someone to perform an “exorcism” on the girls.

Mary and Annie have since been adopted into a new home, and their current family reports they have seen no evidence of the girls being dangerous or exhibiting any odd behavior. In an email, the new parents told the “Arkansas Times” newspaper:

 “We are aware of the very public conversation going on about events pertaining to our daughters. We are deeply grieved over Justin Harris’ accusations toward our daughters in order to self-protect; it is inexcusable.  We also have two small dogs and the girls have only been gentle towards them. These girls are happy, healthy children who have gone through things no child should ever have to endure. Since they have been home with us, they have adjusted beautifully and are thriving in our home with unconditional love and patience.”

Harris and his wife, Stacey, adopted the two girls and then rehomed them with a man, Eric Cameron Francis, who raped Mary. Adding to the odd nature of the crime is the fact that Francis had once worked as a teacher at a preschool owned by Harris. The preschool and daycare, God’s Growing Kingdom, cares for 150 children on a daily basis.

With each passing day, this case seems to get stranger, but one thing remains constant: Had it not been for Harris rehoming two children he adopted, the girls would not have had to endure the pain and suffering they have been exposed to.

Harris, meanwhile, still operates his daycare center and has not been charged with any crime. Makes one wonder who is really the evil force behind all this darkness, doesn’t it?

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Extreme Cruelty! Arkansas GOP Legislator ‘Rehomes’ Daughter To Sexual Predator

In what may turn out to be one of the most heartless acts in recent memory, a Republican Arkansas state legislator “rehomed” a six-year-old girl he and his wife had adopted to a sexual predator who later raped the child. And that’s just part of the story surrounding Justin Harris.

In April of 2014, police arrested Eric Cameron Francis and charged him with the rape of a six-year-old girl who was temporarily in his care. After authorities began investigating, they discovered that Francis had once been employed as a teacher at a Christian preschool in West Fork, Arkansas. But as police continued to research Francis, they soon learned the preschool where he had been employed was owned by GOP State Representative Justin Harris and his wife, Marsha.

When contacted by the media for a comment on the case, Rep. Harris said he was “devastated and sickened” by the crime, and that Francis “came with a pristine record.”

What Harris didn’t bother to mention at the time was that he had recently “rehomed” the girl into the care of Eric Francis and his wife, Stacey. Harris had legally adopted the girl and her three-year-old sister six months prior to “rehoming” the child to the Francis family.

After the truth about what Harris had done became public, he attempted to weasel his way out of the situation first by seeking sympathy and then by quoting the Bible:

“You don’t know what we’ve been through this past year. You have no idea what my family has been through. I don’t care what the people of Arkansas think about me. I don’t care if I lose my position. I care what my wife thinks about me, and I care what my three sons think about me. ‘No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.’

Perhaps most frightening of anything in this entire case is the fact that “rehoming” a child is not illegal in Arkansas. Additionally, it is terrifying to realize that Harris owns a day care business that cares for some 150 children! Why hasn’t the state revoked Harris’ license to operate such a facility in light of what he did?

Just this week, the same Justin Harris, owner of Growing God’s Kingdom Preschool, had the audacity to introduce a bill in the Arkansas legislature that would weaken current state requirements for sprinkler systems in daycare centers.

Something tells me there is a warm corner of hell reserved specifically for Justin Harris and all those like him who profit off helpless children and then try to hide behind the veneer of Christianity.

This article was previously published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.