The red flags of a religious cult — and what it’s like to escape one

“I own me.” This sentence, comprised of three short words, seems inarguable. But when attorney and author Faith Jones says them aloud, as she does in her 2019 TED Talk and in her new book, “Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult,” they symbolize a lifetime of experience, learning and healing.
Jones was born into and raised within the powerful Children of God, later known as the Family, a religious group founded by her grandfather David Berg.

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The Right’s Throwback ‘Cancel Culture’ Tactic: Smear Schoolbooks as Porn

For more than a year after its publication, author George Johnson’s memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue was met with universal acclaim. The book, an account of Johnson’s upbringing as a queer Black boy, landed on “best of 2020” lists at Kirkus Reviews and the New York and Chicago public libraries.
“There were no attacks until about eight weeks ago,” Johnson told The Daily Beast.
The shift occurred near the beginning of the 2021 school year, when a coordinated campaign against the teaching of certain race- and gender-related topics plunged school board meetings into a panic.

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Here’s What ‘Succession’ Gets So Right About Toxic Whiteness

“I don’t do requests because I’m not a DJ” should really become the motto of every Black woman who, hired for her expertise and competency, nonetheless has to deal with colleagues and clients who attempt to undermine both.
On the last episode of Succession, the line is delivered by Lisa Arthur—the Gloria Allred-esque Black woman celebrity lawyer—in response to Kendall Roy, who has retained her services, only to consistently ignore every bit of legal advice he is paying her to give him.

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Dangerous changes coming for Title IX

OPINION:
The Biden administration wants to force universities to change how they handle sexual assault claims on campuses. Unfortunately, the changes would deny accused students their basic rights.
We’ve been here before, during the Obama era. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.
Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments was enacted nearly 50 years ago. It makes it illegal for any educational institution receiving federal funds to discriminate on the basis of sex.

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Waukesha Mass Killing Suspect The Latest Violent Criminal Unchecked By Soft-On-Crime DA

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has launched an investigation into what he called the “inappropriately low” bail set for Darrell Brooks, Jr., the suspect in the deadly Christmas parade attack in nearby Waukesha, Wis. Sunday afternoon.
Brooks, who faces five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, was freed after posting $1,000 bail even though he faces serious felony charges in two different open cases in Milwaukee.

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Black Feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali Raises The Alarm Over Importing Muslim Migrants To The West

As Americans worked around the clock to evacuate soldiers, diplomats, and allies earlier this year, hundreds of thousands of Afghans rushed to flee their war-torn country. Some drove to the nearest land borders in Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran. The lucky ones found refuge in a handful of Western countries, while other countries strengthened border security measures to prevent any immigration whatsoever.
It is at this inauspicious moment that Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s latest book, “Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women’s Rights,” is remarkably prescient.

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Texas parents are fighting back, and they’re getting doxxed for it

Parents in Texas have been increasingly concerned over controversial issues circulating at their children’s schools, causing an uptick in involvement and pushback from school administrators.
This week, Norma Garcia-Lopez, the co-chairwoman of the Racial Equity Committee in the Fort Worth Independent School District, doxxed a group of concerned parents who had filed a lawsuit against the district’s mask mandates. Doxxing is when a person’s personal information, such as home address and phone number, is published online for punitive reasons.

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Loudoun County Sheriff Says Superintendent Knew about Sexual Assault in Girls’ Bathroom the Day It Happened

A parent protests the Loudoun County School Board’s handling of a sexual assault that happened in a school bathroom in Ashburn, Va., October 26, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
The Loudoun County, Va., sheriff says Loudoun County Public Schools was notified in July that a transgender student who sexually assaulted a female student in one of the district’s high schools had been arrested. The school district then chose to move the student to a different school, where he allegedly sexually assaulted another student in early October.

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State Assembly Issues Damning Cuomo Report Detailing Sex Harassment, COVID Coverup

New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference in Manhattan, June 2, 2021. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Findings from the New York State Assembly’s impeachment investigation of Andrew Cuomo released Monday revealed a string of abuses of power by the former governor, including sexual harassment, the use of staff to write his book, and a cover-up of COVID-19 nursing home deaths.
The eight-month probe found “overwhelming evidence that the former governor engaged in sexual harassment,” according to the 46-page report.

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State Assembly Issues Damning Cuomo Report Detailing Sex Harassment, COVID Coverup

New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference in Manhattan, June 2, 2021. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Findings from the New York State Assembly’s impeachment investigation of Andrew Cuomo released Monday revealed a string of abuses of power by the former governor, including sexual harassment, the use of staff to write his book, and a cover-up of COVID-19 nursing home deaths.
The eight-month probe found “overwhelming evidence that the former governor engaged in sexual harassment,” according to the 46-page report.

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