Leading conservative Christian pastor blames the immodest clothing of gymnasts for the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal.
Right Wing Watch reports that conservative Christian Pastor Kevin Swanson warned Christian parents against allowing their children to participate in sports because “sports tend to focus on the body.”
Swanson went on to single out gymnastics and swimming as particularly odious activities for children, noting that both sports “encourage immodesty.”
On his radio program, which aired Friday, Swanson argued that USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of more than 150 women and girls was due to the fact that gymnastics encourages “a fair amount of immodesty.”
Swanson explained his theory:
There is an infatuation with the body, and, of course, the sexual aspects of the body as well. Some sports encourage immodesty, revealing large portions of the body and this happens in some sports. These are the risky sports. Here they are, what are the risky sports? Gymnastics. Gymnastics and swimming. These are the sports in which there is an added risk.
Swanson continued, asking:
Why are all of the gymnasts [at] more of a risk than other sports? Do you really want your daughters involved in a sport that involves a fair amount of immodesty in which red-blooded American male coaches are interacting with these girls? Or, worse yet, where the infatuation of the body eventually effects the lesbian coaches?
Listen to Swanson’s comments on Larry Nassar in the audio below, via Right Wing Watch:
Swanson is no stranger to controversy. Previously the conservative Chrisatian pastor argued that public schools that teach about gender identity should be burned to the ground because they violate God’s law.
And in 2016 Swanson called for the execution of Girl Scout leaders because they promote homosexuality.
Perhaps most alarming, in 2015 the controversial pastor hosted the “National Religious Liberties Conference,” an event attended by 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls. At that time the controversial pastor called for the execution of all gays and lesbians.
Bottom line: Pastor Kevin Swanson blames the survivors, claiming that the “immodesty” of U.S. gymnasts caused the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal.