Violent Pastor Issues Meaningless Apology

So the pastor who bragged during a sermon about committing felony assault on a kid in his youth group has “apologized” for doing so, saying that he thinks it was totally wrong for him to do so. Which explains why he was bragging about it and advocating for more of it just weeks ago. From the church’s website:

I deeply regret my actions of 13 years ago. I do not condone abuse in any form. I chose a very poor example from my past and very poor wording to describe it and deeply regret using it. By viewing the clip it is certainly understandable how outraged people are. I acted out in one moment many years ago, it is not how I believe people especially a pastor should act. My actions were not reflective of Christ and the teachings of the bible. I was wrong, there are no excuses to be made. I was forgiven by Ben many years ago and can only ask the same from my church, community and the world.

Sincerely,

Eric Dammann

Okay, wait. The kid forgave you, which means you knew he had something to forgive you for, years ago and yet you were bragging about it to your congregation long after that forgiveness? Not only bragging about it, but advocating them doing the same thing to “smart” and “dangerous” kids who “won’t take the lord serious,” saying, “There’s times that might be needed.” But now, after taking some heat for your violent and criminal actions, you’re suddenly very sorry about it and say it’s “not how I believe people especially a pastor should act.” Sorry, not buying this for a millisecond.

If you actually meant those words, you would not have expressed pride for it only a short time ago. If you actually meant those words, you would not have told your congregation that they need to do the same thing. If you actually meant those words, you would not have told them how effective it was in converting the kid to Christianity. You’re trying to weasel your way out of having committed a felony. And you should be prosecuted. Your apology is a big steaming pile of bullshit.

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  • beezlebubby

    He’s either bearing false witness, or he’s guilty of violent assault of a minor. So, he’s either a lying shit or a violent, bullying shit. But any way you slice it…

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    “Meaningless Apology”

    There is a wonderful neologism that gets woefully underused: “notpology.”

  • marcus

    beezlebubby @1 Well, since the penalty for bearing false witness is stoning…

    Guess he’ll have to cop to “..violent, bullying shit…”.

  • grumpyoldfart

    His flock will never admit to themselves that they have been conned by a charlatan. They will accept his apology and convince themselves that it is best to let bygones be bygones. Chances are he will get a bigger than usual collection at next Sunday’s service as his flock tries to send the message that all is forgiven. It works like this: We wouldn’t come to church and hand over our cash if the preacher was a violent abuser – but we do come to church and we do give him our cash – so he can’t be a violent abuser, can he?

  • doublereed

    @2 Gregory

    I prefer notpologies to refer to when the apology itself is basically an insult. Like “I’m sorry you’re offended” sort of thing. Or where the phrasing of the apology completely undermines the apology itself. But that may just be my personal preference.

    I would just say this is an apology, but it’s not believable.

  • doublereed

    @4 grumpyoldfart

    Also known as the Ben Franklin effect.

  • Alverant

    If it happened 13 years ago then the statue of limitations ran out. We need to get the other side of the story. It’s still possible that he’s been lying the whole time and is trying to cover up what he did. If he’s really sorry for what he did, he would resign his position.

  • Big Boppa

    beezlebubby @1

    He’s either bearing false witness, or he’s guilty of violent assault of a minor.

    Oddy, only one of those violates a commandment.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Damned statute of limitations.

  • U Frood

    He’s either bearing false witness, or he’s guilty of violent assault of a minor.

    Or both, if the apology he’s giving now is not sincere.

  • anubisprime

    Bullshite story…bullshite apology.

    ‘Ben’ come forward wherever you are…defend your pastor!… nope thought not!

    Betting is no one in the congregation from 13 yrs ago remembers him either…strange that!

  • Rob

    Big Boppa

    beezlebubby @1

    He’s either bearing false witness, or he’s guilty of violent assault of a minor.

    Oddy, (sic) only one of those violates a commandment.

    Well, since children (and wives) are property you can hardly be taken to task for treating them as you wish. Your choice if you want to break your shit after all… /s

  • skinnercitycyclist

    I agree with anubisprime @11. The whole story smells of bullshit, he made the whole thing up. And “admitting” that he smacked around a minor is less wounding to his credibility with his sheep than admitting he has nothing when it comes to spreading his ideology.

    Incidentally, I am a sped teacher and have worked with lots of “smart alecks” in my time, in jail, juvenile detention, and regular old high schools. I have never been tempted to hit one, would not do it if the state gave me the permission as a teacher to do so. In fact, the smart-asses are the students I enjoy the most, and once I tell them they should always take what their teachers, including me, say with a grain of salt, we get along fine. Might not work with the Jeebus words, though.

  • eric

    I find it darkly amusing that his church took down every video of him speaking. Clearly they don’t think this is the only bad act he’s ever admitted doing.

  • shadow

    @12 Rob:

    Well, since children (and wives) are property you can hardly be taken to task for treating them as you wish.

    That only refers to your wife (wives) and children. I’m pretty sure they aren’t allowed to mess up others’ “property”.