Many faith-based religions have historically allowed anti-selfish doctrines backed by advocacy of both coercive statutes and a culture of child abuse that trains the young to be coercive, faith-fanatic, self-esteem lacking adults. Modern anti-sexting, anti-abortion, gay-bashing, anti-bestiality targeted to arrest curious kids, and other extremist religious campaigns mask a deep anti-child religious cultural problem.
Now courts that finally addressed massive child sexual abuse are piercing the veil of purported religious freedom to address a case of explicit and overt advocacy of and actual brutal beatings of children on anti-selfishness grounds…and the anti-punishment, pro-self & reason themes of the Libertarian rights reform. Whether this will lead to lawsuits against systemic structures is unclear, and caution must be maintained to not attack belief freedom as such.
LI does not advocate judicial punishment but rehabilitative and restorative measures.
Wisconsin, June 5th 2012
A Black Earth church pastor who taught his flock to discipline their children, some as young as 2 months old, with wooden spoons and rods was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.
Philip Caminiti, 55, was pastor of Aleitheia Bible Church, which meets in the homes of its members. His lawyer, Yolanda Lehner, asked that he be given probation.
But Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi said the sentence, in part, was intended to send a message that child abuse will not be tolerated and to prevent Caminiti from once again teaching members of his church to spank their children with wooden objects to cure them of selfishness.
“What is important to me,” Sumi also said, “is there was and continues to this day no expression of remorse or repentance for the consequences of those actions, or what the whole chain of events has led the family and the community through.”
Caminiti was found guilty by a jury in March of eight counts of conspiracy to commit child abuse for teaching church members what he said was a literal interpretation of discipline prescribed by the Bible, on children who were between the ages of 2 months and 5 years.
The practice, intended to teach children to behave correctly, was stopped after police intervened in November 2010.
“The children were beaten for of all things doing what children do, and that is crying,” Sumi said…