“Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.” Link
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This past week, the Second Amended SGM Lawsuit revealed some deeply upsetting allegations. In fact, Peter Lumpkins, with whom TWW has had some disagreements, became so disturbed by what he read that he is bringing a resolution to the SBC convention in June. For this, we give him props.
Peter Lumpkins, a blogger and minister in Carrollton, Ga., said May 16 he submitted his first-ever SBC resolution the day after reading through a second amended class-action lawsuit just filed in a Maryland court.
Lumpkins’ resolution urges “denominational servants, entity leaders and our trustee boards to sever all ties, whether official or unofficial, with any evangelical organization, fellowship of ministers, and/or celebrity leader who, presently or in the past, is facing criminal and/or civil litigation for neglecting moral or legal obligations to protect the little children whom Jesus said suffer to follow Him.” link
On the other hand, it seems like a number of people in the Neo-Reformed camp, which includes SGM, have remained doggedly silent. (Is that why they are called Reformed Big Dogs by some?) If I understand their reasoning correctly, they do so because they claim that the lawsuit contains only allegations and have not been proven in a court of law. In fact, some have said that they must wait for the court outcome in order to comment. Although I disagreed with their logic, I assumed that they meant it, that is, until last week. In fact, it appears that they really believe in applying that standard to one their own (SGM) and not to another who is outside their camp. I offer the following scenario as an example.
It is important to stress that I am pro life in my beliefs and wrote about it at this link. I also tweeted on the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and believed his actions to be vile and nauseating. I am relieved that he will spend the rest of his life in jail. This post is not a disagreement on the issue of abortion but on the standards that some apply to pass judgment on others.
On May 16, Justin Taylor wrote a post called Meet Douglas Karpen: The New Kermit Gosnell link. He highlighted a picture of Douglas Karpen of Aaron's Women's Clinic Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center and said (bolding by me):
Evidence is emerging of another abortion mill where illegal abortions are performed and where full-term babies are regularly born alive and brutally murdered.
When he wrote this, was an investigation yet underway by Texas? No.
The Texas Department of State Health Services plans to investigate.
How do we know about this?
Three women have come forward to testify about what they witnessed there as workers.
Yet, Taylor, along with his many of his colleagues, will not comment on the SGM fiasco with far more witnesses, one person arrested and in jail, and a criminal investigation that is underway.
So, in keeping with the new kinder and gentler Dee, I wrote Justin Taylor an email to which he did not respond. However, here it is for our readers.
You have just written a story on a worthy subject.
Deb and I write for The Wartburg Watch. We plan to feature your post on this matter next week. However, we plan to point out that you are willing to call out this doctor based on 3 witnesses and a "planned" investigation by the state of Texas. At the same time, it appears that you will remain silent on the SGM scandal which involves far more witnesses. Investigations have already commenced and there is a filed lawsuit.
I fear our readers might conclude that you protect your associates while condemning others outside of your circle.
We were wondering if you would like to comment about your decision. We believe that you might like to clear up the obvious concern about bias in this matter. We will print any response verbatim in our post on this matter.
But, it was the next part of this email that I believe proves that Justin (This is not directed only towards Justin-I believe many others do the same thing) is not only willing to be silent on this matter but may be actively attempting to conceal any legitimate expression of concern. If you go to the site you will see that there are primarily "atta boy" comments about the timeliness of Taylor's post. So, I checked his site just before sending this email and, lo and behold, a comment appeared by someone who was asking the same question that I was addressing in this email. I added the comment to the end of the email. To continue:
In the meantime, I saw this comment on your post and took a screen shot of it. I plan to feature this in our discussion.
Alan (the commenter)
I hate and despise abortion. I am thankful that you continue to write about these atrocities and point out how terrible the culture of killing babies is.
I also hate child abuse–physical, emotional, and sexual. I do not understand why you–and the rest of TGC–refuse to acknowledge all the accusations about Sovereign Grace Ministries, including CJ Mahaney, and the multitude of accusations of child abuse and the covering up of child abuse.
If we are going to be consistent, please speak out against the atrocity of SGM leadership sexually abusing children and covering it up. Please stop inviting them to conferences. Please make a stand against child abuse the same way you do against abortion. Both are heinous, atrocious acts.
At this point, I hit the "send" button. I then checked to see if Taylor had responded to this reader. Guess what? In the span of a few minutes, the comment appeared and then disappeared. I want to reassure our readers that I did not set up this comment and I have no idea who Alan is. I believe that God allowed this to happen to show me something.
It appears that we apply different standards to those outside our circles.
Even John Piper jumped onto the Douglas Karpen bandwagon based, of course, on 3 witnesses, no arrests and the beginnings of an investigation. This is the same man who recently spoke at Mahaney's new attempt at church in Louisville and said he jumped at the chance to do so. (He jumps a lot).
@JohnPiper Exposing the horrors of darkness is a pathway 2light. So stand agape at another Gosnell
To make matters worse, when it was announced that much of the lawsuit had been thrown out of court, a barrage of seemingly self congratulatory tweets ensued from Kevin DeYoung, Denny Burk, and others. Said tweets mentioned nothing of the numbers of allegations made by hurting people who were part of the lawsuit. They also appear willing to talk about the lawsuit when it goes their friends' way and then they keep silent in the face of accusation after accusation of child sexual abuse. What's up with that?
Several people confronted these folks in the Twitter world and some of them pulled down their tweets. Here is my subtle tweet.
Dee Parsons @wartwatch17 May
Rejoicing that a technicality of SOL could prevent allegations of horrible abuse from being heard is sick and unbecoming to Christians.
Some of the most disturbing tweets came from Frank Turk who appears to find the subject of child sexual abuse a tad amusing. The following tweet appears to have been deleted at his Twitter account. I think this is the guy who claimed that people who say that their comments were deleted at his friends' blogs are conspiracy theorists.
@kinnon @DefendTheSheep Like I said: I admire the starch it takes to find a sex offender when the charges of spiritual abuse can’t work out
So these guys will accept a 3 witness rule, along with a soon to commence investigation, to raise a public outcry against one man but will not accept that rule when it comes to one of their own. (Am I ramming home my point?) I am looking for any and all ideas as to how this can be justified in any way possible. How can they avoid the inevitable charge of hypocrisy because I sure can't figure it out.
Memo to lots of bloggers out there: It sounds a bit self-serving when all of your comments appear to agree with you. Why not try accepting criticism? Until you do, you lose in the "Christianity has a masculine feel" department.
McMartin Day Care Scandal
Some folks are claiming that this lawsuit is akin to the infamous McMartin Daycare criminal trial. I believe that the SGM lawsuit has nothing to do with that trial and is more in line with the Catholic church scandal. In the McMartin scandal, we were dealing with preschool children. Much of the blame rested on professionals who were questioning the children. Here are some excerpts from Wikipedia link.
Several hundred children were then interviewed by the Children's Institute International (CII), a Los Angeles abuse therapy clinic run by Kee MacFarlane. The interviewing techniques used during investigations of the allegations were highly suggestive and invited children to pretend or speculate about supposed event.
Later research demonstrated that the methods of questioning used on the children were extremely suggestive, leading to false accusations. Others believe that the questioning itself may have led to false memory syndrome among the children who were questioned.
Videotapes of the interviews with children were reviewed by Dr. Michael Maloney, a British clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry, as an expert witness regarding the interviewing of children. Maloney was highly critical of the interviewing techniques used, referring to them as improper, coercive, directive, problematic, adult-directed in a way that forced the children to follow a rigid script and that "many of the kids' statements in the interviews were generated by the examiner." Transcripts and recordings of the interviews contained far more speech from adults than children and demonstrated that, despite the highly coercive interviewing techniques used, initially the children were resistant to interviewers' attempts to elicit disclosures.
It was alleged that, in addition to having been sexually abused, they saw witches fly, traveled in a hot-air balloon, and were taken through underground tunnels.When shown a series of photographs by Danny Davis, the McMartins' lawyer, one child identified actor Chuck Norris as one of the abusers.
We are dealing with adults in this situation. Implanted false memories are now well documented and one can be sure that an attorney, of the stature of Susan Burke, has already investigated such a possibility before she added each person to the list. The McMartin accusation was brought up in both the Catholic church scandal and the Sandusky situation. We all know the outcome of those situations.
I have also been reading comments that certain accusations in the lawsuit are too bizarre to be true. Does anyone actually think that a smart attorney would accept accusations that could be easily disproven in a court of law? Remember, if one person is shown to be a nut, it would hurt the entire trajectory of the lawsuit. Burke is an experienced attorney and her seasoning should be taken into consideration as one views the lawsuit.
Secondly, Deb and I were involved with a pedophile incident in a former church. There were some allegations that appeared to be far fetched, even gruesome. However, it was merely our naivete that was the problem. What went on was beyond anything we had heard before. That pedophile is in jail for a long time.
Anyone who would sexually abuse a child already has disrupted normal boundaries. When boundaries are disturbed, bizarre things can happen. Once again, one must ask, "Would a smart attorney accept bizarre claims without enough evidence to stand trial?" I say Burke is far too savvy for that.
I learned an important rule during the first week of my MBA program. The professor said that MBA's think they know it all. They arrive, cocksure, on their first day on the job, quick to point out the flaws in the company. He suggested that we remember the reason that we wanted to work for the company is because it was successful and has done a lot of things right. He told us to first evaluate what is right in the organization before we focus on what is wrong. Keep that in mind as we evaluate and discuss things in the lawsuit.
This song is dedicated to all who have been abused as children. May you find the peace of God in your pain.
Lydia's Corner: 2 Samuel 13:1-39 John 17:1-26 Psalm 119:81-96 Proverbs 16:6-7