Religious Clergy and Sexual Misconduct
September 10, 2009 Leave a comment
A study released this past Wednesday by Bayler University researchers found that I in 33 women who attend religious services have been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader. They found the problem so pervasive that is almost certainly involves a wide range of denominations and leaders.
“It certainly is prevalent, and clearly the problem is more than simply a few charismatic leaders preying on vulnerable followers,” said Diana Garland, dean of Baylor’s School of Social Work, who co-authored the study. Link to study: http://www.baylor.edu/clergysexualmisconduct/ . The study also found that more than two-thirds of the transgressors were married to someone at the time of the advance.
Ms. Garland said, “when you put it (sexual misconduct) with a spiritual leader or moral leader, you’ve really added a power that we typically don’t think about in secular society — which is that this person speaks for God and interprets God for people. And that really adds a power.”
These leaders, ministers, pastors, rabbi’s, fathers, etc. have all studied the Bible, most have gone to seminary and know the Holy Book inside out. The Bible is nothing if not a guide book on sexual morays. The Old and New Testament both give its readers guidelines about sex and marriage. The words are crystal clear and unambiguous…If married, don’t fool around…if single, don’t mess with married souls—you’ll go to Hell.
Do these misguided and horny church officials know something us peons don’t; do they know there’s no real backup to that hoary old Bible, that there’s no God in heaven looking down on them as the commit the Big Sins?
I just can’t imagine a priest having sex with a young boy, or a pastor having sex with a pretty young married woman and NOT thinking about God looking down on him with disapproval. Does he really think that, if there is a God, somehow he is immune to the punishment for his crime? Are the rules that easy to break for these religious men? Are there no consequences for his crimes relating to Gods expectations of us?
Or do they perhaps subconsciously know there is no God watching over them and they are free to break vows and screw whomever they choose.
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