RELIGION

Charges of racism, abuse have 'America's Hometown' abuzz

  • A woman walks past as a customer and a child leave the Blue Blinds Bakery, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Plymouth, Mass. The bakery is owned by a Christian sect, The Twelve Tribes. About three weeks ago, messages began to appear on the bakery's Facebook page accusing the sect of child abuse and racism. The group denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    A woman walks past as a customer and a child leave the Blue Blinds Bakery, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Plymouth, Mass. The bakery is owned by a Christian sect, The Twelve Tribes. About three weeks ago, messages began to appear on the bakery's Facebook page accusing the sect of child abuse and racism. The group denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lev Bryant, manager of the Blue Blinds Bakery, right, engages a customer in a cordial conversation regarding faith on the front porch of the bakery, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Plymouth, Mass. The bakery is owned by a Christian sect, The Twelve Tribes. About three weeks ago, messages began to appear on the bakery's Facebook page accusing the sect of child abuse and racism. The group denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Lev Bryant, manager of the Blue Blinds Bakery, right, engages a customer in a cordial conversation regarding faith on the front porch of the bakery, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Plymouth, Mass. The bakery is owned by a Christian sect, The Twelve Tribes. About three weeks ago, messages began to appear on the bakery's Facebook page accusing the sect of child abuse and racism. The group denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  (The Associated Press)

  • A magazine rack displays publications by The Twelve Tribes sect at the Blue Blinds Bakery, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Plymouth, Mass. The bakery is owned by a Christian sect, The Twelve Tribes. About three weeks ago, messages began to appear on the bakery's Facebook page accusing the sect of child abuse and racism. The group denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    A magazine rack displays publications by The Twelve Tribes sect at the Blue Blinds Bakery, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Plymouth, Mass. The bakery is owned by a Christian sect, The Twelve Tribes. About three weeks ago, messages began to appear on the bakery's Facebook page accusing the sect of child abuse and racism. The group denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  (The Associated Press)

Postings on the Facebook page of a popular bakery owned by a religious sect are causing a buzz in what's known as "America's Hometown."

The Blue Blinds Bakery opened eight years ago, just up the hill from Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.

About three weeks ago, messages began to appear on the bakery's Facebook page accusing the sect of child abuse and racism. The group denies the allegations.

The man who posted them is a former bakery worker who left the sect five years ago and identified himself as 21-year-old Kayam Mathias. He says children often are disciplined with a cane or a wooden stick on the palm or buttocks.

A sect member who manages the bakery says there's no child abuse in the community.