May Link-Up: Duggar Scandal Edition – It’s an Important Story, Church!

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The Beautiful Kingdom Warriors

It’s been nearly a week since the story it's not persecutionbroke that Josh Duggar had molested five girls, including his sisters, as a 14 year old boy – the youngest victim being only 4 years old at the time.  Many articles have been written (shared hundreds of thousands of times) in defense of Josh and his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle.  This is troubling and infuriating because these articles demonstrate the widespread lack of understanding in the U.S. Church regarding the seriousness of sexual crimes, and are examples of the typical Christian response to sex abuse  – to deal with it in-house (even when church leaders are mandatory reporters), to minimize the abuse (thereby compounding the trauma of the victim), and to cover up the “mistakes” (rather, CRIMES) for the sake of saving face and the reputation of the particular church, organization or family.  Many Christians have demanded that we focus on forgiving Josh and leaving this story…

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