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Shelter discrimination blurs separation of church, state

By Sandy . . . It’s official. Winter is here. Temperatures are plummeting in states across the nation. Cold-weather emergency shelters are opening in response, most of them managed by Christian churches and organizations. The post I wrote dealing with one of these elicited much interest and a high number of comments. This is largely due to their policy, by…

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Give me your cold and homeless — but not your cold, homeless sex offenders

By Sandy . . . In September, as Hurricanes Irma and Juan raced across the Gulf Coast states dumping tons of water and destroying homes and lives, advocates geared up for what they knew would be a major battle, and they did not gear up in vain. The treatment of those on the sex offender registry seeking shelter proved as discriminating,…

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Sex offender registries increase sexual assault

By Steve Yoder . . . By now you may have seen the news release about the findings of a new study of the impacts on children of being placed on sex offender registries. (I’d link to it but it doesn’t appear to be online yet.) The results are unsurprising, and chilling. Kids on registries, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School…

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Passport “identifiers” will not accomplish intended purpose

By Guy Hamilton-Smith . . . On October 30th, the State Department announced that passports of people who are required to register as sex offenders because of an offense involving a minor will be marked with a “unique identifier” that will read: The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to 22 United States…

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The sex offender registry: a many-headed monster

By Sandy . . . What do these headlines have in common? “U.S. Marshals protect trick-or-treaters from the threat of sex offenders.”  “ ‘Operation Blackout,’ annual Halloween Tennessee sex offender sweep, underway” “Operation Lights Out aims to keep your children safe on Halloween” They all appeared in the week or so leading up to Halloween. They all connect Halloween, persons…

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Texas towns remain committed to useless restrictions

By Eric Dexheimer . . . KJ grew up in Meadows Place, a 1-square-mile Houston bedroom community of modest 1970s and ’80s tree-shaded homes. In late 2007, she returned as a 33-year-old seeking to settle in a community she recalled warmly. “I have great memories of this place,” she said. KJ — she asked that her name not be used…

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NARSOL ED makes strong case in difficult interview

“Conversations with Wendy” is a talk show that comes on WINA, a news radio station in Virginia. Apparently they received our Halloween press release, and the host, Wendy Edwards, reached out to NARSOL’s Executive Director Brenda Jones and invited her to be on the program. NARSOL is appreciative to WINA and to Wendy for giving us the opportunity to present…

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Oh look! Is that another sex trafficker?

By Lenore Skenazy . . . We are in the midst of a massive mommy moral panic. Across the country, mothers are writing breathless accounts on Facebook of how sex traffickers nearly snatched their children at Target/Ikea/the grocery store. While at Sam’s Club, one such post explains, “a man came up to us and asked if the empty cart nearby was…

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Churches aren’t schools, rules Indiana Court of Appeals

By Olivia Covington . . . Three convicted Boone County sex offenders can return to their church congregations after the Indiana Court of Appeals determined that churches are not considered “school property,” so state statute cannot prohibit the offenders from going to church, even when children are present. The appellate court handed down that decision Tuesday in John Doe 1, et al.,…

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We’re all being tricked, and that’s no treat

By Lenore Skenazy…. “Trick or treat, trick or treat, give us something lethal to eat!” That’s not the actual rhyme, but from all the warnings about Halloween you just might think it was. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is still insisting that “a responsible adult should closely examine all treats.” But why? How many decades of disproving this murderous…

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