Whippings In The Pulpit

A congregation loses 41 of its children to the state after a boy tells the police what happened at church

The seven-year-old Atlanta boy will probably forget one day what he did to earn the Rev. Arthur Allen Jr.'s ire. But the memory of the punishment that followed will surely live on. Police say three of Allen's flock, heeding the pastor's teaching, held the boy down in the House of Prayer church while a fourth whipped him with a switch. On Feb. 28, when the boy told a teacher he was in pain, she found welts on his body.

After interviewing that boy and a 10-year-old who also bore signs of lashing, Georgia officials removed them and 39 other kids from...

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