Derrall Je’Shaun Howard, the Florida high school coach who was arrested yesterday for allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old female student numerous times, is a proud Christian who once promised to “live and do everything” through Christ.
Howard, who coached football and girls’ basketball and worked as a hall monitor, is accused of forcefully raping a teen student when she tried to leave his office. According to a local news report:
The next day, the victim and a friend went to Howard’s office to hang out. After the friend left, the victim told deputies that she tried to get out of his office, but he pushed her down and forced her to have sex with him.
After a while, he let her up and told her not to tell anyone about this because he would “go to jail, lose his job and his daughter.”
It turns out Howard also frequently praises God and Jesus, and even claims to have had “a nice convo with the man upstairs.”
I wonder if, when he said he was going to do “everything” through Christ, this alleged incident is what he was talking about.
Crazily enough, Howard even had the nerve to encourage others “in this crazy world” to “drop they guns and pick up the bible.” I’m pretty sure it’s people like him who are making this world so crazy, but what do I know?
Don’t misunderstand me here. I don’t think Howard committed these heinous acts because he’s a Christian. I am only pointing out the very obvious (to me) fact that Christianity and the Bible don’t stop people from doing terrible things. In fact, it’s possible the idea of complete redemption through asking for forgiveness could encourage immoral acts.
I haven’t seen anyone else talking about Howard’s religious beliefs, but let’s imagine a different scenario. If an atheist did something like this, the headlines from some extreme Christian websites might include the words “Atheist Who Hates God” or something similar. People have told me countless times that non-believers are evil because they don’t have God in their lives, and this type of thing would fit right in with that ongoing false narrative, but I won’t stoop to that level.
Instead, I’ll issue a public service announcement: don’t trust every person who talks about the Bible and calls themselves Christian. These beliefs don’t keep people from committing terrible acts. If we look at religious beliefs of prison populations, we see the opposite.
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