A 15-year-old girl had to stand in front of a crowd to apologise for being raped.
And no, not in one of those crazy, backward, foreign countries, where they wear funny clothes and do things differently from us, and have their own primitive religious ideas where women have to cover their whole bodies up and are sentenced to be raped for no crime.
This was in New Hampshire.
She got pregnant, as a result of being raped. And because she was female, she was a much more legitimate source of scandal and shame than the man who raped her. Which is no less primitive a concept than blaming women for stirring men to lustful thoughts because of their bodies.
Her pastor told her to apologise to the church congregation for her guilt, and that she should be glad she wasn’t being stoned to death, as would have happened “in Old Testament Times”.
That’s the Old Testament which forms a substantial part of the basis of the Christian religion, just to be clear.
The man who’d got her pregnant also apologised. For being unfaithful to his wife.
And if all this wasn’t sickening enough, there’s a comments thread with people trying to explain how a fellow Christian could do something like this.
We’re all sinners, after all, someone rationalises:
The only difference is they have accepted the message of Christ and they are placing their hope on the righteousness of Jesus Christ to cover their sins so they no longer have to be accountable for their sins
Yep. Rapists are better than you if they believe in Jesus enough to get them off the hook.