The scandals of the Catholic Church are well known. To this day the church is still acceding to multi-million dollar settlements  — the latest is a $210 million agreement between the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis and 450 victims of priestly abuse.

But the Catholics are hardly alone either in producing abusers or in concealing their abuse. Evangelicals are their soul mates in criminally deviant and sinful behavior. Although evangelicals commit more crimes against girls, visit more prostitutes and unlike Catholic priests (who are unmarried) they commit adultery.

Evangelicals also follow the Catholic model for dealing with their crimes – protecting the abuser and dismissing the victim. However, unlike Catholics, evangelicals belong to a very loose confederation. There is no central authority setting rules. Each church is free to decide its own code of conduct. Which means that estimating the scope of abuse is far harder.

Evangelicals also differ from Catholics in that they are big on victim blaming — from accusations of flat-out lying to charges that the victim brought it on herself. Even when the victim is prepubescent.

Sexual abuse by church leaders creates cognitive dissonance among church members. They have been told since birth that the church is an oasis of morality in a desert of sin. Tales of sexual assault don’t jibe with that core belief, especially when the perpetrator is a religious leader. And, as witnessed in the Josh Duggar affair, evangelicals believe the best way to deal with sexual abuse is to treat it as a sin, subject to spiritual counseling, rather than a crime, deserving a criminal remedy.

Evangelicals also love sinners. I suspect in their philosophy forgiving the sinner makes them feel righteous and superior. Although I’m not sure how it helps those sinned against.

You have to believe that witnessing a procession of guys busted for sexual sins — gnashing and wailing and begging God for forgiveness — while their ‘adoring’ wife bravely stands beside them — and the congregation embraces them — might give a man, prone to sinning, the belief that there isn’t much downside to behaving abominably.

Hasidic and other ultra-orthodox Jews have the same desire to keep their crimes in-house. With Orthodox Jews, the situation is exacerbated by a deep distrust of goyish American law enforcement. Some Jews even believe that it is mesirah (or banned) to turn a Jew over to non-Jewish authorities. Although, as you might imagine, in this legalistically obsessed community there is a variety of opinions.

While it’s hard to say for sure, it seems likely that religion does not make a man more likely to be a pedophile, visit prostitutes or commit adultery. But it does make it more likely that his crime will be covered up.

Fundamentalist Muslims take it one step further. They solve the crime against women problem by defining behaviors most people think as criminal as not criminal. For example, blaming unmarried women for their own rapes. Giving married men unlimited sexual rights over their wives. And permitting wife beating.

If religious people are confused as to what to do if they uncover a crime here’s a simple rule — report it to the police. Colleges should follow the same procedure.


Anti-Semitism 2.0: Evangelicals Find Jews Useful Today and Disposable Tomorrow.

May 15, 2018

Pastor Robert Jeffress is a prominent evangelical. He was on hand to lead prayers at the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. His presence illustrates an intrinsic and callous sadism of evangelical philosophy. Especially when it comes to their eschatology — or their understanding of end times. Let me explain. Evangelicals believe that for the second coming of […]

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Evangelicals Rip Up the Bible’s Rules to Promote a Porn Star Loving President.

March 10, 2018

I was sent away to religious schools when I was young. There was some form of service every day. Divinity was a mandatory class. And during school breaks, I was deposited once weekly at the local church for a maintenance dose of God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. I mention this only to establish that, while the […]

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How Do Evangelicals Get from Jesus to Trump?

January 29, 2018

Why do evangelicals want bakers to be able to deny gay couples wedding cake? They say it is their ‘sincerely held religious belief’. And as justification, they point to biblical verses saying homosexuals are an abomination — or words to that effect. But the same book has laundry lists of other things that are abominations and deserve punishment […]

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Tony Perkins Gives Trump a “Mulligan” for Adultery with a Porn Star.

January 23, 2018

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, has reacted to the revelation that Donald Trump was shtupping a porn star a year after he married his third wife, and months after son Barron was born, with a yawn. He told Politico in a podcast: “We kind of gave him—‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a […]

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Conservatism Cannot Make America Great

November 27, 2017

Conservatism is not the future of America. It is instead a backward-looking philosophy – which dreams of recreating some imaginary Edenic past in today’s America. But thinking folk know that today’s America will never be yesterday’s. And besides yesterday’s America wasn’t so good for millions. Things have changed. We’re not nearly as white as we used […]

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It’s not just Moore, Alabama Has a Long and Dishonorable Political Tradition.

November 14, 2017

Everybody is following the Roy Moore teen molestation saga and wondering if all the backwoods stories they have heard about Alabama could possibly be as bad as they dared not imagine. And yet the more we hear, the more we realize that Alabama is “you might be a redneck if…” territory. Let’s consider how we got into this […]

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Roy Moore Is Still Alabama’s Most Likely Next Senator.

November 12, 2017

Republicans have to deal with a Senate candidate, Roy Moore, who has been accused of plying girls with alcohol and touching them up. In Alabama the local GOP’s answer is simple. They deny he did it and besides most of the accusers were at least 16 – so fair game for a 30-something. And that’s if the […]

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Michigan Rapist Gets Joint Custody of Child.

October 7, 2017

Raped and impregnated at 12, she must now permit her rapist to visit her child. If you thought this was a story out of Pakistan or some other Islamic theocracy you would be forgiven your error. Surely this cannot happen in America — in 2017? Apparently, it can. As reported in the Detroit News: A Sanilac County Circuit […]

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