Apparently IFB pastor Jack Schaap is asking that he receive a special reduced sentence below the federally mandated minimum of ten years. Why? Because he’s claiming that the stress of running his mega-church First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana combined with falling financial resources put him in a depression that led to him to preying on a sixteen year old he was supposed to be counseling. He’s also claiming that his many years as a pastor should count for something against his sentence.
Let’s see if we can follow that logic. Old Jack boy violates a tenet of his own profession by preying on a defenseless sexual abuse victim, going against just about every supposedly sacred thing being a pastor is supposed to be, but because he’s been a pastor for some years we’re supposed to say, “Oh you naughty boy!”, smack his hand, ruffle his hair and send him on his way to pastor again. It’s arrogant beyond belief that Jack Schaap thinks he is just that special that he thinks federal law should be ignored and he be treated so specially. It speaks volumes about the state of the heart.
Schaap obviously has learned nothing and now puts off his actions as something he wasn’t responsible for. His depression did it. Which is sickly funny considering many fundamentalist churches say depression is merely demonic oppression. The Devil made him do it! Who does he think he is? Flip Wilson? (if you’ve too young to have seen Flip Wilson as Geraldine screaming out that the devil made her do it take a peek at YouTube)
Jack, Jack, Jack, take responsibility for your actions and make amends. Stop blaming your actions on others, stand up and be a man, a real Christian man, admit what you did and take responsibility for it! Do your time, the time your lawyer negotiated you to do and be grateful you’re not doing a heftier sentence.
Everyone is responsible for the poor decisions they make, even mega-church pastors.
What would happen if this was say, a psychologist or psychiatrist caught diddling patients they were treating for sexual abuse? At the very best they’d be stripped of all professional credentials and not allowed to practice any longer in that field. Plus there would likely be huge fines and jail time involved. Even if the jail time was suspended the perpetrator would likely be on probation forever and have to do a long stint of community service.
What about the victim in all of this? She’s going to have to live with what happened for the rest of her life. That is her sentence. Don’t tell me that being sexually abused while seeking counseling for previous sexual abuse isn’t going to impact her. It will stay with her the rest of her life. I hope she does take the opportunity to give a victim impact statement at the sentencing. Schaap’s buddies all took the opportunity to write letters to the court asking for no sentence or a light sentence for him.
Perhaps the federal judge will rule that the court-filing asking for a lighter sentence violates the plea agreement and decides to sentence Schaap to the maximum length of time.
NWI.Com – A tale of two Jack Schaaps
Chicago Sun-Times – Pastor sentencing may be delayed so victim can make a statement
and there are more basically saying the same things that are in all four of these news articles. Google “Jack Schaap News” to peruse the entire list. The whole thing makes my blood boil.
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Calulu lives near Washington DC , was raised Catholic in South Louisiana before falling in with a bunch of fallen Catholics whom had formed their own part Fundamentalist, part Evangelical church. After fifteen uncomfortable years drinking that Koolaid she left nearly 6 years ago. Her blog is Calulu – Roadkill on the Internet Superhighway
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