Forced Child Marriages in Canadian Jewish Cult
h/t to The Friendly Atheist blog, which is where I first heard of this.
Not sure if I should weep or laugh that nutty views about family and children and procreation and such are not limited to Neo Reformed, Baptist, Evangelical, and Fundamentalist forms of Christianity but span to other religious faith traditions.
God only knows what type of demented, sexist crap this group taught about females – most religious groups blame and shame women, blame them for causing male sexual sin WHILE exploiting the females sexually (religious guys tend to be big hypocrites in this area, in other words).
- According to the documents, girls as young as 13 were imprisoned in basements and girls aged 14-15 were married to old men in the group. One woman said she was struck with a belt and a coat hanger and a pregnant 17-year-old girl said she was beaten by her brother, sexually abused by her father and married by force to a 30-year-old man when she was 15.
- Feb 5, 2014
An Ontario judge has upheld a Quebec court’s ruling that 14 children from the Lev Tahor cult must be placed into temporary foster care, according to the JTA.
However, the judge put a 30-day stay in place to give the children’s families time to appeal, the website FailedMessiah.org reported.
Child protection officials in Quebec had previously presented the Quebec court with evidence of neglect, psychological abuse, poor dental hygiene, poor physical health, the lack of secular education and child marriages.
But the 250-member cult fled Quebec for rural Ontario in November just before the judge’s order removing the children was issued, according to the Associated Press.
Lev Tahor’s spokesmen have denied the allegations and claims Quebec officials are working with Israel in a Zionist plot to destroy Lev Tahor.
Last week, Quebec police and local Chatham, Ontario police raided two Lev Tahor homes and removed at least one box of evidence.
Rabbi Nachman Helbrans, son of Lev Tahor’s founder, convicted kidnapper Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans, reportedly said the search could have been an attempt to find evidence of illegal child marriages.
In another Lev Tahor case of alleged child neglect, the case regarding two Lev Tahor children seized by Ontario social workers in December who were then returned to their parents has reportedly been adjourned until April.
The Jewish Voice wrote about the mass exodus of the cult from Ontario last fall when the group vanished prior to the visit of child-protection workers and looming court dates on child abuse and neglect.
In an earlier issue the JV had reported: “Members of the extremist Orthodox sect known as Lev Tahor, or Pure Heart, were initially reported to be planning to relocate the entire sect to Iran.
On the contrary, the JTA and the Canadian media reported over the weekend that the group has opted to settle in Ontario instead of Iran.
About 200 people, including more than 130 children, traveled from Ste. Agathe, Quebec to Ontario by bus and were staying in a block of hotel rooms, according to a Canadian police source.”