Does failing to buckle a child equate to hiding child molestation?
I’ve had a real bad day. I saw this conversation, but frankly, I didn’t believe it. I will not include all of it here – but party 1 has left the fellowship of the church organization. When questioned, repeatedly, he spoke up about recently discovered molestation which had been ‘ignored’ for about 8 months.
I mean, would you really trust a pastor with your spiritual welfare if he failed to reported child molestation for 8 months – and then, relied on someone else to carry it to the authorities. (Before you ask – yes, the pastor knew without a shadow of a doubt that the molestation had happened.)
Once chat line went like this:
It does put the board in a bad position..do we report it or not? What would be best for the church? We don’t want it to seem like some kind of vengence. When we walked out of that meeting we believed that someone else might of taken it to the authorities. Is that what you are getting at?
The ‘board’ is a Bishop Board – pastors from other congregations.
Then, later, the worse:
1: X, while my position has not made me popular – I believe that we must take a stand, and if that stand alienates me, fine – as long as I remain bound in the Scriptures. My position is clear, and Scriptural – and beyond all that, Moral. How often have we seen young people destroyed by molestation. It is a vile and grievous act – and rightly deserves a literal millstone around the neck. Not just that harm the children, but those that refuse to protect them – or deny their own ability to do so. To me, this is the same as taking pleasure in the actions of those that commit these crimes. We criticize the Romans priesthood, but when faced with it, we cower?
1: So often I have heard it preached that we must obey the laws of the land, concerning the death penalty, yet, here there was a question on whether or not to tell the authorities?
2: Is breaking the law breaking the law? Speeding? Not having your kids in seat belts? I am not saying this to bicker with you, but as far as whether the law is broken or not, you really don’t have a leg to stand on..Every time I see your kids without seatbelts, I shudder. That is no less irresponsible of you then reporting molestation. What worse? A child that has been molested, or a child that is dead bloody from going through the windshield? Or how about a nice brain injury that renders the child retarded.
From what I understand Party 2 has seen Party 1′s children without seatbelts twice, maybe three, four times.
1: Perhaps then, murder is no worse a crime than littering? Or is rape acceptable if the woman was nude?
2: you are missing the point. You are trying to hold Pastor X accountable, but yet you do not obey other points of the law that are equally as dangerous.
So, tell me, do think that not buckling a child up is equal to covering up child molestation? When speaking to some else about this, they noted that not buckling up your child is taking your child into your responsibility – covering up child molestation not only serves to harm the molesteted up allows the molester to seek more victims.
Please be honest and be brutal. Do you agree with Party 2 that if Party 1 failed to buckle his children in, then he cannot hold his pastor accountable for covering up child molestation?
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