“You come to us first. Don’t tell anybody … You don’t warn parents in the congregation. We’ll decide what happens here.” That’s how one attorney describes the “legal” system that’s been set up by the leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. By way of the excellent new investigative radio and podcast show from Reveal, this is how Jehovah’s Witnesses use 1st Amendment to hide child sex abuse claims.

+ From The New Yorker: “After a Hasidic man exposed child abuse in his tight-knit Brooklyn community, he found himself the target of a criminal investigation.” The Shame of Borough Park.

+ State lawmakers in California are urging San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone to withdraw the morality clauses he sent to Catholic high school teachers. Among the highlights, the handbook “asks employees to ‘affirm and believe’ that ‘adultery, masturbation, fornication, the viewing of pornography and homosexual relations’ are ‘gravely evil.’ Artificial-reproductive technology, contraception and abortion are described similarly.”