What should Christians do when some high-profile leader says or does something awful?
We know what most of them tend to do: Nothing. Because silence is easier than saying something critical about someone within your broader religious circles. It’s exactly the sort of approach that allows those awful actions to continue and thrive.
I like being part of a skeptical community because I know no one is safe from criticism. If Richard Dawkins or Bill Maher says something dumb, we’ll join the chorus in calling them out on it. That’s not to say every criticism is fair, only that no one is immune.
Samuel James, the Communications Specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, doesn’t feel the same way, and he has some suggestions for people of faith on what to do when a Christian does something embarrassing: