Christian Publication Apologizes for Posting Pedophile’s Essay, but Wrongly Removes Piece from Website

On Thursday, Hännah wrote about an appalling essay posted in Christianity Today‘s imprint publication, Leadership Journal.

The piece, written by an anonymous sex offender who was also a former pastor, neglected to share the fact that his victim was a child until close to the end of the piece. It was also implied that their “relationship” was consensual and that what the rapist did was a result of “sin” and not his own actions. A member of the editorial team even defended the post online as merely a “cautionary tale.”

The first attempt at fixing the mistake was just appending an editor’s note to the beginning of the piece and changing words in the article. Libby Anne, who does a nice job of highlighting the problems with that here, wrote, “Editing some of the language rather than removing the piece is like putting a bandaid over a gushing wound.”

Late Friday night, unable to contain the firestorm, Marshall Shelley (editor of Leadership Journal) and Harold B. Smith (president and CEO of Christianity Today International) issued an apology for publishing the piece. They took down the article (more on that in a moment) and pledged to do better in the future:

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In a Country Where Atheism is Equated with Terrorism, the Godless Are Growing in Number

In a country where a blogger was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes (on top of a more than quarter-million-dollar fine) for “insulting Islam” and the government equates atheism with terrorism, godlessness is actually growing incredibly fast in Saudi Arabia.

It’s in part due to a growing bitterness with the country’s theocracy, but the atheists dare not declare their beliefs publicly for obvious reasons:

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Tecumseh School Board Debates Having Prayers at Meetings; Member Suggests Atheists Would Be Fine with Them

If you want to see ignorance at work, check out the conversation that took place between Tecumseh (Michigan) School Board members earlier this week when the idea of having religious prayers at meetings came up:

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A New Museum Devoted to Creationism Will Open Tomorrow in Idaho

I first heard about the Northwest “Science” “Museum” in 2011, but tomorrow, after several years in the works, its Vision Center will open up its doors to the public in Boise, Idaho.

As you can see from the promotional video below, the museum will show how “evolution is absurd” and explain the “catastrophic consequences of Darwinism. For example, Hitler and his Nazi regime could never have done what they did without the foundation of Darwinian evolution”:

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Should Babies Be Considered Atheists? Depends on Your Definition of the Word

Once again, Richard Dawkins is being criticized for something he never meant — by someone who’s actually on the same side as him.

On Twitter this week, Dawkins posted this perfectly sensible comment:

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