Christian college accused of banning student for having premarital sex after she reported rape

Mara Louk, a former student of Visible Music College, alleges that the small conservative Christian school in Tennessee banned her from campus for having premarital sex after she reported being choked and raped by another student last November, a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday reveals.

“I just felt like, why did I even speak up?” the 22-year-old aspiring singer-songwriter told NBC News. “That’s truly how I felt for a long time because everything seemed to keep getting worse.”

Louk, who is represented by powerhouse attorney Cari S. Simon of The Fierberg National Law Group, claims in the complaint that she was raped by a male classmate at her off-campus apartment on Nov. 2, 2021. 

She alleges that her rapist, who is unnamed in the complaint, had visited her apartment to play a board game. It was the first time they had ever spent time alone.

Louk wants the Education Department to investigate if Visible Music College violated the Clery Act, a federal campus safety law that requires colleges to advise students who report a sexual offense of their rights and assistance options. The complaint also asks the federal government to determine if the school discriminated against Louk under Title IX gender equity civil rights law.

Neither Louk’s attorney nor Visible Music College immediately responded Monday when contacted for comment on the complaint by the Christian Post.

Details highlighted by NBC News show that after the assault on Nov. 2, Louk said she reported what happened to a school administrator because she shared classes with the male student and didn’t want to be harassed.

On Nov. 4, Louk also reported the assault to the Memphis Police Department, according to records reviewed by NBC News.

A week later, she was informed by investigators that they did not have enough evidence to make an arrest on her allegations.

An official at Visible Music College also told Louk and her parents that because of the findings of the Memphis Police Department’s investigation into the alleged rape, “there’s really nothing we can do at this point, so he will be attending classes like normal.”

Louk was encouraged to take up further concerns about the investigation with the local police.

According to the complaint, Louk was confronted by school officials about the nature of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend because the accused rapist had reportedly told school officials that Louk’s ex-boyfriend had confirmed that he had sex with her that semester. Even though she denied the claim, Visible Music College officials told her she would be disciplined for breaking school rules.

“It felt like a movie,” Louk told NBC News. “It didn’t seem real; it didn’t feel real. I kept thinking this is just a crazy, horrible nightmare, and hopefully, one day, I’ll wake up from it.”

As part of her discipline, Visible Music College reportedly asked Louk to sign a “pastoral care contract,” confessing to breaking the school’s rules regarding premarital sex. She would then have to finish her degree online and be barred from the campus and speaking to other students about her rape allegations.

Lawsuit accuses Church of Scientology of holding children captive, forcing them into labor

The Church of Scientology is facing new allegations from former employees who say they were trafficked as children growing up in what some consider to be a celebrity cult. 

lawsuit filed last week in a Florida federal court alleges six counts of forced labor against Scientology leader David Miscavige and five Scientology entities in violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

The Christian Post reached out to the Church of Scientology for comment on the lawsuit. A response was not received.

Gawain Baxter — who filed the complaint along with his wife, Laura, and Valeska Paris —  alleges he was 6 years old when he became a contractor for the Church of Scientology for “1 billion years.”

“From the ages of six to fourteen, Gawain was not permitted to attend any accredited public or private school,” according to the lawsuit. “Instead, schoolwork consisted of two to three hours per day of basic reading, writing, and math in a classroom of thirty other children, under the supervision of Linda Hilton, Cadet Coordinator’s spouse.”

The lawsuit alleges Scientology officials systematically trafficked Baxter and others through the organization’s oft-cited Sea Org workforce, using indoctrination and other methods to hobble them from both physical, financial and psychological perspectives. 

According to the lawsuit, Baxter performed manual labor as a boy at the church’s “Flag Base” in Clearwater, Florida. After he tried to call attention to what he described as abuse and intolerable living conditions, Baxter says he was sent to a ship in the Caribbeans known as Freewinds.

After receiving only basic reading, writing and math instruction, then 15-year-old Baxter and the other plaintiffs had their passports and IDs confiscated, the lawsuit alleges.

“This was not a peaceful or loving environment; instead, it was a world filled with abuse, violence, intimidation, and fear. [Scientology] considered Plaintiffs to be possessions, void of any rights, whose sole purpose was to serve [them],” the complaint reads.

Baxter claims that his parents placed him in a Cadet Org nursery in Clearwater, Florida, when he was 2 months old and that when he was 6, he became a member of Cadet Org. Baxter claims he was separated from his parents and forced to live in a dormitory, which was a repurposed Quality Inn, with over 100 other children. 

The complaint claims that children slept on bunk beds in crowded rooms. Baxter was reportedly allowed to visit his parents every evening at dinner initially. But when he turned 10, he allegedly could only visit his parents once per week but sometimes only once per month. 

After finishing daily schoolwork and “Scientology indoctrination,” the filing states that Baxter was “forced to provide five to ten hours a day of unpaid work at Flag Base, including food preparation, trash removal, landscaping, and clerical work.”

India’s Christians fear rise in violence by Hindu extremists as BJP wins 4 states

Christians in India fear that persecution of their communities will intensify after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won elections in four states, which will be seen as an overwhelming endorsement of the party’s anti-minority stance.

As per the results announced this week for elections in five states, the BJP retained power in four states, including the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the northern state of Uttarakhand, the southwestern state of Goa and the northeastern state of Manipur.

In northern Punjab state, the BJP lost the election.

Uttar Pradesh state witnessed at least 102 incidents of violence against Christians in 2021, according to a report by the United Christian Forum.

Days before the announcement of the results, Hindu nationalists had warned some Christians that the community in the state might face “extermination,” The Telegraph reported.

“A Hindu leader has already threatened us that they are waiting for the election results and after that they will exterminate Christians from Uttar Pradesh,” a local Christian, Emmanuel Singh, from the state’s Jodhikapur village, was quoted as saying.

Nandu Nathanael Singh, Singh’s father and a Christian minister, was attacked recently.

As he was reading a chapter from the Bible at a prayer meeting with 25 other Christians, he heard chants of “Bring the traitor out.” A mob of Hindu nationalists, accompanied by the police, had gathered outside his home, accusing them of “forced conversions” of Hindus.

The mob also chanted, “Free India of Christian priests.”

Within hours, Nathanael Singh and his wife, Savita, were arrested and falsely charged with unlawful conversion, criminal intimidation and intentionally insulting religion. They were released five months later.

Ten states in India, including Uttar Pradesh, have passed “anti-conversion” laws, which presume that Christians “force” or give financial benefits to Hindus to convert them to Christianity.

While some of these laws have been in place for decades in some states, no Christian has been convicted of “forcibly” converting anyone to Christianity. These laws, however, allow Hindu nationalist groups to make false charges against Christians and launch attacks on them under the pretext of the alleged forced conversion.

School district sued after Evangelical revival assembly prompts walkout

Parents and students have filed a federal lawsuit after a West Virginia public school district admitted last week that two teachers mistakenly took their high school classes to a voluntary Christian revival assembly hosted by the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Nearly a dozen parents and students represented by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the lawsuit Thursday. They claim the students’ First Amendment rights were violated because they were forced to attend an assembly led by a local evangelist on Feb. 2 during the school’s equivalent of homeroom period. 

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Cabell County Board of Education, Superintendent Ryan Saxe and Huntington High Principal Daniel Gleason.

Students allege that the assembly sponsored by the school’s FCA club and led by evangelist Nik Walker sought to convert students to evangelical Christianity. Students were reportedly asked to assemble in prayer and if they wanted to give their lives to Jesus Christ or risk going to Hell. 

Jedd Flowers, Cabell County Schools director of communications, had previously told The Christian Post that the assembly was voluntary. However, two teachers had mistakenly taken their entire classes to the event even though there was a sign-up process in place.

“Those teachers have been corrected and the district does not anticipate a similar issue in the future,” Flowers said a statement. 

FFRF, which advocates for a strict separation of church and state, argues that teachers’ actions violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The law group contends that the school board and administrators “have not taken sufficient action to stop adults from preaching to students at school and at school-sponsored activities.”

The lawsuit hopes for “significant policy changes, training of employees, and supervision of employees in order to protect the constitutional rights of students.” Further, the complaint calls for the court to bar the school from sponsoring religious assemblies and other religious worship services during the school day.

This is not the first time FFRF has voiced concerns about religious student clubs at Cabell County Schools. 

According to the lawsuit, FFRF wrote to Superintendent Saxe on Jan. 10, 2019, about religious clubs called Generation NXT.

Another letter was sent from FFRF to Saxe on March 14, 2019, requesting a written response about what actions had been taken to alleviate its concerns. 

But Thursday’s complaint states that Cabell County Schools never responded to FFRF’s letters.

The lawsuit is one of many actions Huntington High School students have taken in response to the Feb. 2 assembly.

Evangelical revival assembly prompts high school student walkout in West Virginia

Over 100 students walked out of a West Virginia high school this week calling for “separation of church and state” after two teachers took their classes to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes assembly during an in-school, non-instructional period that was supposed to be voluntary. 

Students at Huntington High School in Cabell County left classrooms Wednesday during a non-instructional period called COMPAS to protest an Evangelical Christian revival assembly held on Feb. 2.

Jedd Flowers, Cabell County Schools director of communications, told The Christian Post that the assembly organized by students affiliated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club.

Although student attendance was voluntary and there was a sign-up process so teachers would know which students would attend, Flowers said two teachers “mistakenly took their entire class to the assembly.”

“Those teachers have been corrected and the district does not anticipate a similar issue in the future,” Flowers said.  

However, some students claim they had no choice but to attend the revival event, saying that they were asked to pray and if they wanted to give their lives to Jesus Christ. The event drew pushback from secular legal organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which sent a demand letter last Friday claiming that students were told if they didn’t accept Jesus, they could go to Hell. 

The letter stated that evangelist Nik Walker, 25, was invited to preach during the event. Students were encouraged to attend Walker’s church, Christ Temple Church. 

The FFRF says that many teachers and the principal attended the event. 

The 67-year-old Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a national evangelistic ministry found on high schools and college campuses nationwide. 

CP asked FCA for comments but didn’t receive any details on the organization’s relationship with students at Huntington High School. The organization assured that their events are voluntary. 

“All are welcome to participate in Fellowship of Christian Athletes activities and events. One way that FCA shows all individuals respect is by welcoming all people to FCA events on a voluntary basis,” a statement reads. “Coaches, athletes and students are free to choose or deny participation in any FCA event.”

On Feb. 2, the 25-year-old Walker posted on his Facebook page that around 50 students had given their lives to Christ at voluntary club meetings at Boyd County High School and Huntington High School. Walker of Nik Walker Ministries has spearheaded revivals in the Huntington area. 

FFRF, which advocates for a strict separation of church and state, contends the event violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

False Teacher of the Day #1: Tamara Lowe

Many of you may have never heard of Tamara Lower or know who she is. She is a motivational speaker and the founder of a money-making how-to course called Kingdom Builders. She regularly twists the Scriptures to make egregious claims such that God desires for all of us to be wealthy and rich and claims that she will teach you from the Scriptures how to do so if you will sign up for her academy. Lowe has a podcast on Charisma News

According to CBN, Lowe had a rough childhood which she was ultimately brought out of.

Tamara lowe grew up on the streets of New Orleans. At age 10, she was taking drugs. She became a drug dealer at 12 and dropped out of school in the eighth grade. For the next decade, she went from one drug-induced high to the next. Then, Tamara had a life-changing transition – she got motivated.

She claims she has worked face to face with many well-known celebrities and world leaders, including Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush, and Bill Clinton, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Billy Graham, Colin Powell, Joe Montana, George Foreman, Goldie Hawn, Charlton Heston, Bill Cosby, Christopher Reeve, Rudy Giuliani, Mary Lou Retton, and Mother Teresa.

Tamara Lowe is a false teacher. She teaches a false gospel–the Word of Faith and Prosperity Gospels as well as a heresy called Positive Confession. Positive Confession is the practice of speaking things into existence or using the power of your words to create and manifest your desires. Lowe is on The Elijah List, a forum for New Apostolic Reformation false prophets to proclaim what “God has told them.” Lowe prophesied the following:

Filipino megachurch founder forced girls and young women into sex, telling them it was ‘God’s will,’ feds say

(CN) — U.S. authorities have charged Apollo Quiboloy, the charismatic leader of the Philippines-based megachurch the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name and eight other church officials on suspicion of running a sex trafficking ring.

According to the just unsealed indictment issued Nov. 10, Quiboloy and at least two other church administrators recruited young women “typically between the ages of 12 and 25” to serve as “pastorals,” preparing meals for, cleaning and massaging Quiboloy. The church leaders also forced pastorals to have sex with Quiboloy in an activity they dubbed “night duty.” Some of the women who performed “night duty” were under 18 and did so “under the threat of physical and verbal abuse and eternal damnation.” Those who hesitated were told they “had the devil in them.”

Quiboloy and other church administrators told the pastorals “that performing night duty was ‘God’s will’ and a privilege, as well as a necessary demonstration of the pastoral’s commitment to give her body to defendant Quiboloy as ‘The Appointed Son of God,'” according to the indictment. Pastorals who satisfied Quiboloy were rewarded with money, use of a cellphone, rides on private jets and trips to Disneyland.

According to the indictment, Quiboloy told one victim “that the sex acts were in the Father’s will and that the Father was happy over what the Son was doing.” It charges Quiboloy with having sex with 15-year-old in 2002, a 17-year-old in 2005 and 14-year-old in 2011. In Los Angeles, after seeing one of his victims speaking to another man, he hit and slapped her, then ordered her to go solicit money on behalf of the church.

The new indictment builds on charges issued last year, in which three church leaders in the United States were arrested for bringing members into the country illegally, taking away their passports and pressing them into service soliciting money for a church-run nonprofit. Church workers in the U.S. arranged at least 82 sham marriages to buttress the workers’ immigration status. These “full-time miracle workers,” as they were known, fundraised for the church “nearly every day, year-round, working very long hours, and often sleeping in cars overnight,” according to the new indictment.

The workers told people they were raising money for impoverished Filipino children. In actually, the money went to fund church operations, as well as the church officials’ “lavish lifestyle.”

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ claims to have 6 million members in roughly 200 countries. It owns property throughout the U.S., including offices and residences in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Hawaii. It owns a television station, two newspapers and 17 radio stations throughout the Philippines. It is currently constructing the KJC King Dome in Davao City, which at 75,000 seats will make it the largest indoor-seating arena in the world.

The 71-year-old Quiboloy, founder of the church, is reportedly good friends with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. A major contributor to Duterte’s 2016 campaign, Quilboloy even lent the then-candidate his private jet. He has called himself “the appointed son of God” and “the owner of the universe.”

Authorities arrested three of newly charged defendants Thursday in Los Angeles and Hawaii; three had been charged in the original indictment. The other three, including Quiboloy live in Davao City, the third most populous city in the Philippines.

The 42 charges leveled at the nine defendants include sex trafficking, trafficking with respect to forced labor, money laundering, bulk cash smuggling and various conspiracy charges. The sex trafficking conspiracy charge carries a statutory maximum of life in federal prison.

Emails send to the church and its nonprofit requesting an interview went unanswered as of press time.

Wait a second, am I in a cult?’ Student reveals she was ‘brainwashed’ into joining secretive South-Korean Shincheonji church on University of Salford campus and ended up having her ‘every move controlled’

A student has revealed how she was ‘brainwashed’ into joining a South Korean cult who ‘controlled what she did and who she saw’ while on campus at university.

Jess, from Manchester, was ‘vulnerable’ having recently lost her father when she was approached by two strangers from the Shincheonji Church of Jesus at the University of Salford and invited to ‘coffee with god’.

While the meetings simply began as weekly Bible study groups, things quickly evolved and soon Jess found the group was controlling who she saw and what she did. 

Speaking to the BBC, she said she became a ‘completely different person’ while in the cult, explaining: ‘Controlling others for me is really out of character, so that’s how far in I’d gotten into being brainwashed.’

FOX 13 Investigates: Satanist author in southern Utah inspires double murder in London

APPLE VALLEY, Utah — A FOX 13 investigation has revealed new details about a Satanist author in southern Utah whose writings directly inspired the teenage killer of two sisters in London.

Danyal Hussein, 19, was sentenced last month to 35 years in prison for murdering two sisters in London.

A review of police evidence and his online history shows Hussein carried out the killings by following instructions written by author E.A. Koetting.

Koetting’s real name is Matthew Joseph Lawrence. He is 40 years old and lives in Apple Valley, Utah. The author sells books and courses online, claiming to be able to teach others how to harness black magic and “become a living God.”

“You’re about to learn secrets that most people will never know about Godlike power,” Koetting says in a promotional video, currently displayed on Amazon’s website.

Although there’s no evidence Koetting has ever spoken or met with Hussein, the author’s material openly discusses and promotes murder.

At least one of Koetting’s books prompts readers to follow a specific set of instructions to create a powerful death pact with a demon named “Lucifuge Rofocale.”

Hussein’s murders took place in June 2020, when Bibaa Henry was celebrating her 46th birthday with her younger sister Nicole Smallman. The two met up with friends at a local park to have a picnic.

Three days earlier, surveillance video shows Hussein bought knives and candles at a local supermarket.

According to a copy of the written “pact” obtained by police, Hussein had entered into a demonic contract with Lucifuge promising to “sacrifice” a minimum of six people — “only women” — every six months.

In October, a BBC investigation revealed how the killer spent hours online on a satanic forum, describing himself as a “psychic vampire” who learned his “first ever spell” from Koetting.

It’s unclear whether Koetting has ever been under criminal investigation for the content promoted in his books.