“. . . . During all of this, I was fully aware that Natalie was only 14 and 15 years old. . . . There may have been times that I told her not to tell anyone. But what I remember more clearly and I think was more wicked was how I manipulated her. . . . Regardless of how severe the consequences, I can finally be free from this filthy sin and guilt.” — Jamin Wight Continue reading →
At the same time, of course, we should make allowances for those situations where an abused girl was never given the opportunity to become a responsible adult. If a trusted spiritual leader starts abusing a girl when she is 14, it is not as though, after 7 years of abuse, a magic moment happens when she turns 21, making it easy for her to now walk away. In a situation like that, the word victim is appropriate. But we ought to reserve the word for situations like it, and not use it in circumstances like this one. Douglas Wilson
If a pastor of discipleship & counseling does not understand that it’s wrong — not just illegal, but morally wrong — to seduce a 14-year-old girl into having sex, then that man has a very serious problem. Continue reading →
Hunter Funk produced the vid, which in three minutes captures perfectly the Kirk’s stance against Natalie Greenfield. They interview Mike Laywer, who holds the title “Pastor of Discipleship/Counseling” at Christ Church, Moscow. Mike Lawyer runs the Center for Biblical Counseling for the Kirk; he is Doug Wilson’s personal assistant; and he repeats Doug Wilson’s talking points like a well-programed robot. Please note how Mr. Lawyer slaps labels on Natalie such as “bitter,” “angry,” “grabbing on to being a victim”; Mr. Lawyer ignores Natalie’s age at the time of her abuse as well as Idaho code and the “age of consent” (she was 13-years old when Jamin Wight began grooming her; 14-years old when he began physical abusing her); Mr. Lawyer blames the Greenfields; and Mr. Lawyer trots out Natalie’s personal “journals” to excuse the abuse. Textbook Kirk loyalist — an errand boy who lives to glorify Doug.
If a policeman is gentle with the rapist, he is harsh with the rapist’s victim. If a shepherd is gentle with wolves, he is being harsh with the sheep. We must learn when and how we are to be gentle (for we are to be gentle people), and we must also learn when and how we are to be hard (and as pointed) as nails. DOUGLAS WILSON
“And then I explain to him how naïve we were, that the world did know and remained silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.” Elie Wiesel
“The facts are known to the Daily News, since it covered the original abuse story. These facts can be twisted and obfuscated, as the perpetrator’s defender/pastor does very well, but knowing the facts, the paper has an obligation to help bring clarity to the issues.” Continue reading →