“Prominent conservative Reformed theologian Doug Wilson . . .”

Prominent conservative Reformed theologian Doug Wilson has a documented history of mishandling sexual abuse cases within his congregation. Nevertheless, he continues to be promoted by evangelical leaders such as John Piper, whose Desiring God site still publishes Wilson’s work. When a 13-year-old girl in Wilson’s congregation was sexually abused, Wilson argued that she and her abuser were in a parent-sanctioned courtship, and that this was a mitigating factor.
Kathryn Brightbill, LA Times

7 Comments

  1. I am sure this is one of the few times that DW will agree with, and loudly support, the LA Times.

    Too bad they’re fake news, at least in this attribution.

    1. He is a delusional liar, not necessarily in that order:

      And yet, instead of trumpeting my loyalty to this most reasonable cause, Brightbill drags me into the fray, pretending that I think that a parent-approved courtship in a situation like the one in the case she mentions mitigates anything. It mitigates nothing. “Mitigates” would mean that Crime X becomes, as a result of this mitigation, crime x. Rather, my hostility to this kind of thinking meant that I thought that Crime X was actually Crime Y. It means “statutory rape” instead of “lewd and lascivious.” (“Nubile Young Women, The LA Times, and Me”)

      1. Notice how Wilson completely fails to interact with any of the accusations against him -mentioned in the article?

        And, instead, tries to change the conversation to some type of broad philosophical disagreements about feminism, etc…

        And, there is the inconvenient truth that many of the criticisms – in the LA Times article – agree completely with criticisms in the “CREC Presiding Ministers’ Report”.

  2. I should have gotten some popcorn and a soda before sitting down to read the article and Wilsons subsequent blog post. Highly entertaining. I wonder if Wilson has a clay pot with Brighbills name on it in his garden shed, waiting to smash it with his bat. 😉

  3. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. The best part about researching Doug Wilson is going through the comments of his blog posts. Anyone else go digging through the comments on Wilsons post about this?
    My favorites are the comments that go so far as to defend Wilson by stating that there is simply no evidence whatsoever that the (not directly referred to Sitler and Wight) cases were mishandled at all. This one is by far my favorite, and it comes from a person that frequently comments in opposition to what Wilson has to say…. at the very least, this person has drawn a great deal of flak in past comments to various posts.

    (start comment)
    MeMe
    #211258

    “Prominent conservative Reformed theologian Doug Wilson has [on several occasions been alleged to have mishandled] sexual abuse cases…”

    Well, I think it was only two cases. So to say on “several occasions” is not really accurate. Also, honestly, I can find nothing that even resembles mishandling on the part of that church or Pastor Wilson. His obligation was to report to the authorities, which was done promptly. That is really all any of us can do. Even I can not find any malevolent intentions to assign. (end comment)

    Already we can see a difference in how this was presented. In an earlier comment, which was quoted in this comment, the text of the article was changed to favor Wilson supporters. The line was originally (and I quote) “Prominent conservative Reformed theologian Doug Wilson has a documented history of mishandling sexual abuse cases within his congregation.”
    But it was changed (suggestively) by another who posted a comment to this “Prominent conservative Reformed theologian Doug Wilson has [on several occasions been alleged to have mishandled] sexual abuse cases…”
    in a shallow effort to protect their own.
    You can rest assured that, regardless of (currently) appearing somewhat far down in the comments section of Wilsons blog post, this is the quote that everyone is now going with to support Wilsons position and blindly ignoring the actual content of the LA Times article.
    Oh what a tangled web we weave….. 😉

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