Over at Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta has brought attention to a report detailing the abuse of children in Floridian religious institutions that have been granted an exemption from government oversight.
It appears that these exemptions are based on the idea that religion is so inherently trustworthy that it doesn’t need to be monitored. The Florida legislature obviously hasn’t learned a thing from the Catholic abuse scandal.
It’s time people learned: religious people are no more or less likely to commit crimes, including child abuse, than anyone else. Religion does not deserve the special respect it is receiving from Florida’s government. This is a shameful blunder born of rosy-eyed naïveté, with devastating consequences for Florida’s children.