The ex-wife of a former Scientology president has opened up about her life in the organization, including being ostracized and cut off from family and friends after her divorce.
Karen de la Carriere and Heber Jentzsch were married in 1978 and celebrated his being made International President of the Church of Scientology the following year. However, in 1982, she began to question Scientology's practice of auditing, in which members are counseled and told what to do in order to receive answers to their questions.
"I had people threatening to throw themselves from the tenth floor onto the cement below," Karen told MailOnline. "Scientology is mindlessly anti-psychiatry and here we were disingenuously and hypocritically accepting psychiatric patients. If one of these people died on my watch I was responsible." more >>
Derick Dillard is already documenting his wife Jill Duggar's pregnancy less than three months after their wedding.
The newlyweds announced the pregnancy just eight weeks after their June 21 nuptials. Today, the 23-year-old bride is showing off her burgeoning baby bump for the first time on Instagram. Dillard, 25, shared a photo collage featuring Duggar's progress at five weeks and five days as well as at 11 weeks and two days.
"By the end of next week, all of our baby's body parts, from tooth buds to toenails, will be developing! #firsttrimesterprogression #babydilly #19kidsandcounting," Dillard wrote in the caption on Sept. 5. more >>
Some people argue that America never was a Christian nation, even if most of the colonists were very devout. After all, some of the Founders were Deists and devotees of the Enlightenment, which in its extreme form in France tried to replace God with Reason.
Still more argue that America is not a Christian nation now. Barack Obama said on June 28, 2006: "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation—at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
To test whether this is true or not, we might consider what a Christian nation would look like. more >>
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard planned to have a sizeable family but did not expect to get pregnant so soon.
"I was thinking that maybe we should take a pregnancy test," Jill told Us Weekly about her "mother's intuition." Knowing that her period was late, Jill decided to take a pregnancy test, then another, and both were negative. However, her sister convinced her to take a third one … and things came out a little differently.
"It was Jinger," the mom-to-be revealed for the first time. "She was like, 'You know, mama has a bunch of pregnancy test upstairs. You should take one of hers.'" She and Derick went upstairs – "that's where we took one of my mom's pregnancy tests, and it came back positive. He was thrilled." more >>
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald announced their engagement on Aug. 14 and have now announced their wedding date of Nov. 1 along with new photos of the engagement ring.
"I picked out my wedding dress a couple of days ago," Jessa told People. "I went with the second dress I tried on – I love it."
"We have most of our planning done," Ben added. "When you're planning a wedding, you can make it complicated, or make it simple and we are trying to make ours simple. There are some things that have to be done right before the wedding, but for the most part, we're ready." more >>
Pennsylvania mother Ann Whalen has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for giving her 16-year-old daughter pills to cause a miscarriage.
Whalen's daughter became pregnant in 2012 and decided that she did not want the baby; Whalen told police that she could not find a local abortion clinic and did not want to take her daughter out of the state to have the procedure, which would have been 74 miles away, according to Reuters. Instead, she went online and ordered the pills from a company abroad.
Unfortunately, after taking the pills, the girl (now 18), experienced extreme abdominal pain and bleeding and was hospitalized with an "incomplete abortion and a urinary tract infection," records state. The hospital informed police of the situation, which led to Whalen's arrest. She was charged with giving her daughter pills to induce abortion – Pennsylvania law requires that a physician be present for the procedure. more >>