by Tim Bayly from Bayly Blog – Sexual Abuse: Church Coverups Don’t Justify Witch Hunts
Editor’s note: One of the more sick and twisted things to come from the writings of pastor Tim Bayly. One part making ridiculous claims about women, one part ‘Just shut up about sexual abuse’ silencing, and one part revisionist history. The church has already proven that in this issue they cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Too many times sexual abuse by those in power at the church has been swept under the rug and the victim blamed. As long as this is the way church leadership handles sexual abuse the media and websites need to call for reform.
There’s a witches brew of websites stirring steaming cauldrons of rebellion and mockery against male church officers faithful to Scripture. On these sites, no theme is more popular than sexual abuse committed by men—unless it is the coverup of male sexual abuse by male church officers. But note: you will never read about the sexual abuse committed by women on these sites. The women who write and comment are uninterested in any abuse that fails to strengthen their narrative of male oppression, so exual (sic) abuse committed by sisters and mothers never shows up. This is despite female sexual abuse growing at an exponential rate.
We must not allow these websites and the media’s feeding frenzy over sexual abuse to throw out our judicial processes, which is to say we must not cave in front of the witch hunt. Contrary to the anti-Puritan narrative that sells so well in our debauched nation today, during the Salem witch trials, Cotton Mather was a calming voice of reason promoting proper process and rules of evidence.
This is what’s needed today. We must not jump on the bandwagon. Time after time across history, witch hunts have proved to be just that—witch hunts. So avoid them.
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