Maybe schools shouldn’t be lobbying to defend sexual predators

What we have here is a school — an elementary school — assuring every parent of every child there that school officials actively support shorter statutes of limitations for sexual crimes against children. “We want to make it harder for the state to prosecute those who prey on children sexually,” school officials are telling the parents of the children in their care. “And we’d like you to help us do it.” [Read more…]

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Whatever happened to ‘pro-life Democrats’? Go see ‘Spotlight’

The once mostly Catholic phenomenon of congressional “pro-life Democrats” ended due to the horror of the clergy abuse scandal. Thus nowadays, most “pro-life Democrats” are really blue dogs — “social conservatives” who have found other, more effective, ways of signaling that social conservatism and all that it entails. [Read more…]

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How popular worship songs help fund an abuser

Bob Smietana’s exposé of a spiritually, financially, physically and sexually abusive “prosperity gospel” cult in Nashville is a fascinating, devastating and disturbing read. But it’s the link between that cult and one of the most popular “worship song” writers in white evangelicalism that gives this story broader importance. [Read more…]

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Evil liberal media continues to persecute righteous white Christians by nitpicking about the sexual abuse of children

The Duggar scandal has reinforced support for Mike Huckabee among his chosen niche of white Southern Christian voters. He’s spun Josh Duggar’s creepy criminality into the self-aggrandizing narrative of “Christian persecution” by the nasty liberal media conspiracy. Huckabee’s defiant defense of a confessed child molester thus becomes evidence of his Christian virtue. Now we’ll see if Mike Huckabee can perform this same trick a second time. [Read more…]

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ERLC-Watch-Watch: The Watchdog blog against watchdog blogs that might keep Southern Baptist leaders accountable

One way to avoid the kind of scandal that forced Richard Land out of the Southern Baptist ERLC would be for Southern Baptist leaders, going forward, to not spout racist garbage on the radio and not commit serial plagiarism. But Samuel James suggests another approach: suppressing all dissent and smothering public accountability under a fluffy pillow of sanctimonious blather. [Read more…]

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Dives has apologized, Lazarus needs to learn how to forgive

The Parable of the Penitent Public Figure and the Unforgiving Patriarch Who Refused to Accept His Apology Like Jesus Commanded describes some very un-Christlike behavior on the part of Abraham and Lazarus. They don’t seem to understand that they have a duty to accept Dives’ apology and forgive him unconditionally. [Read more…]

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The gospel of misogyny

Mark Driscoll’s so-called “apology” only reinforces and restates his gospel of misogyny. He apologizes for his tone and his language because, in his eyes, repeatedly comparing his targets to women is the worst possible thing anyone could say. Everything Driscoll identifies as bad, weak, dirty or evil he characterizes as feminine. Everything Driscoll identifies as feminine he characterizes as bad, weak, dirty or evil. He hasn’t apologized for that. He still doesn’t realize that is wrong. [Read more…]

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Warning signs, how to help, and planning for safety

If you live in the Seattle area, there is help available. If you worship at a church in Seattle, there is help available. If you’re married to someone who works at a church in Seattle, there is help available. [Read more…]

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