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: