Religious Hypocrisy. Josh Duggar Is Not Alone.

by Pitt Griffin on May 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Gay Marriage, Misogyny, Religion

“The word ‘religion’ has acquired a very bad name among those who really love truth, justice, charity. It also exhales the musty odor of sanctimony and falsehood” ― Luther Burbank

Another pious prig has proved to have feet of clay. Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the “Nineteen and Counting’ Duggars, confessed to child abuse as a teenager. He has quit his position with the Family Research Council. He has made the usual noises about asking God for forgiveness. And he has made the astounding claim that the revelation of his sins has brought his family ‘closer to God’.

His apologists have used his age when committing the sordid deeds and his supposed contrition to absolve him of his sins. They have called his actions a ‘mistake’. And even gone so far as to say he is no Jerry Sandusky – the elderly, serial Penn State abuser.

Which leaves two points unaddressed.

First, there are victims of his crimes – victims whose lives have been unalterably changed by his actions. The ‘boys will be boys’ justification might work if the offense was graffiti or vandalism – property can be cleaned, repaired or replaced. But the girls he abused will have to live with that abuse for the rest of their lives.

Of course both religion and the secular law system contain the idea of forgiveness and closure. But that happy place is only reached in the criminal justice system after punishment is meted out. After you ‘do the time’. Yet Josh Duggar was never punished. (Religion has easier ‘outs’ – which Duggar is making full use of.)

Second, he had the gall to lead a life dedicated to denying the civil liberties he enjoys to others based on their sexual orientation. He had the chutzpah to excuse himself of crimes against defenseless minors while calling the actions of consenting adults a sin. And this hypocrisy he performed as an adult.

Does religion lead to sexual misconduct? Or do people with unbridled sexual lusts seek out the church? Who knows. I am unaware of any study. But anecdotally, there is nothing suggesting that religion does anything to tame the savage desires in the heart of the sexual sinner.

Although moralists have always struggled with their lusts, it doesn’t stop them from saying one thing while doing another. It is a story as old as the church.

The Apostle Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, has been suspected of struggling with homosexuality. Certainly, this life-long bachelor condemned it. He was no fan of marriage – viewing it as something a man should do only if he were inflamed by sexual passion. And much of his writing on women is harsh. Perhaps he was just a misogynist.

The Catholic church is littered with ‘celibate’ prelates fathering litters of children – although that is surely better than the recently revealed systemic rape of children. And there is no reason to believe these sexual crimes aren’t as old as the church.

Protestantism is equally as riddled with men (it’s usually men) who are as incapable of checking their libidos as their Roman brothers. And equally as incapable of refraining from lecturing others on the others’ supposed shortcomings while wallowing in their own.

It is clear that these ‘men of God’ are hypocrites. Jesus admonished, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Meanwhile, they are piling up the rocks.

Jesus was clear on hypocrisy. He was against it, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” But that warning fell on Josh Duggar’s deaf ears. And the deaf ears of the many others of his kind.

If Christians are correct and there will be a day of accounting, these hypocrites will have a lot of explaining to do.

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