[Educator-Gold] FOX NEWS : SEXUAL HARRASSMENT : RELIGION: CHRISTIAN: PROTESTANT : CRIME AND CRIMINALS: SEXUAL ABUSE : VICTIM BLAMING: The Mistake Christians Made in Defending Bill OReilly

 

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FOX NEWS :

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT :

RELIGION: CHRISTIAN: PROTESTANT:

CRIME AND CRIMINALS: SEXUAL ABUSE :

VICTIM BLAMING:

The Mistake Christians Made in Defending Bill OReilly

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The Mistake Christians Made in Defending Bill OReilly

By KATELYN BEATY

May 2, 2017

New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/opinion/ bill-oreilly-shielded-by-christians.html

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Institutions plagued by sexual assault scandals tend to look alike: They are usually insular organizations that resist external checks and revolve around authoritative men.

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This characterization fits Fox News, which recently fired its host Bill OReilly after sexual harassment allegations against him (and pressure from advertisers) mounted.

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But it is also applies to the white evangelical Christian community. This group is not a monolith, but its social hierarchy often functions like the military, a university or private business. Its not a coincidence that conservative evangelical leaders tend to resist taking harassment and assault claims seriously.

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Within the ranks of conservative church leadership, this default empathy for powerful men is coupled with tone deafness for victims. But the phenomenon is also a misapplication of the Christian teaching on forgiveness. Mr. Metaxas wrote a biography of the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, so he is surely familiar with his teaching on cheap graceĀ  the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance. Cheap grace wrongly separates absolution of sin from acknowledgment of that sin. In Christian teaching, God forgives people before they confess wrongdoing. But among individuals, groups and nations, there can be no forgiveness when wrongdoing isnt named.

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In cases of sexual assault, cheap grace is doubly dangerous: It can allow a guilty party to continue his abuse while victims stay silent in fear of punishment.

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In churches, a quick forgiveness for perpetrators often dovetails with strict standards of purity for women. From a young age, many Christian women are taught to dress modestly so as not to cause men to stumble. John Piper, a prominent pastor and theologian, has said that a lot of Christian women are oblivious to the fact that they have some measure of responsibility in managing mens lust. The moralizing about dress and behavior can be a setup for victim-blaming wrapped in a spiritual veneer.

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Perhaps churches have been slow to address sex crimes out of a belief that such offenses couldnt happen among their own. Its assumed that the culture of harassment at a place like Fox News would never come to infect a community serving God. This thinking is both nae and theologically irresponsible: Christians, of all people, acknowledge the depths of human depravity.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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[Educator-Gold] FOX NEWS : SEXUAL HARRASSMENT : RELIGION: CHRISTIAN: PROTESTANT : CRIME AND CRIMINALS: SEXUAL ABUSE : VICTIM BLAMING: The Mistake Christians Made in Defending Bill OReilly

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