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Churches are at once a source, a location, and a cure of crime. In recent years, a significant number of pastors and parishioners have been involved in sexual abuse and fraud. In 2011, the cost of faith-based fraud was estimated at $34 billion annually; in comparison, $31 billion is donated annually to worldwide missions. In addition, the amount of violent crime on church property has been steadily increasing over the past decade. Despite these grim statistics, recent studies have suggested the work of faith-based organizations and involvement in church life can dramatically reduce both crime and recidivism in criminals.

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  • Jim Crow South’s lynching of blacks and Christianity: The terror inflicted by whites was considered a religious ritual.
    "I should emphasize that blacks of the era understood lynching as rooted in the Christian practice of white southerners. 'It is exceedingly doubtful if lynching could possibly exist under any other religion than Christianity,' wrote NAACP leader Walter White in 1929, 'No person who is familiar with the Bible-beating, acrobatic, fanatical preachers of hell-fire in the South, and who has seen the orgies of emotion created by them, can doubt for a moment that dangerous passions are released which contribute to emotional instability and play a part in lynching.'
  • Vandals spray 'KKK' tag on third black church in Fla.
    It is the third predominantly black church in the rural county this week that has been vandalized with racial remarks, sparking an FBI investigation into what appear to be hate crimes. Along with two churches on Sunday, a truck at Wildwood Golf Course was also painted with "KKK."

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