Today was Greg Kelley’s last chance at back-peddling from his 2014 trial where he was convicted by a unanimous jury of super aggravated sexual assault of a child. His attorney, Keith Hampton, hopes his efforts were good enough to convince a panel of three judges in the 3rd Court of Appeals that not presenting all your facts at the original trial, nor in a sworn affidavit is grounds for a new trial. When questioned why he didn’t include his evidence, Hampton’s answer was that he wasn’t required to, and that if he did provide the evidence to the court they wouldn’t understand it anyway.
Once again it seems I find myself spinning in a vortex of sorts. A whirlwind Christian onslaught of defense for yet another child predator. This time the abuser is a public figure, someone who has convinced a large majority of the religious population that he is holy and righteous because he plays that on TV. Josh Duggar, it has recently been revealed, is a child molester.
I can almost hear the collective gasps from conservative Christians now. A molester! How can you say such a thing? Well, it just so happens that he – brace yourselves now – molested five young girls. For years. And generally speaking, an abuser of this nature who has methodically abused for several years will most-likely have other victims that are afraid or unwilling to come forward, so sadly I must point out that five is the minimum confirmed number of Josh’s victims.
What has compelled me to write another blog on child sexual abuse is the points of justification that I keep seeing repeated in social media and I want to address them. The comments I will show as examples came from a post from Ray Comfort, a Christian evangelist whom I used to admire. Ray recently posted that he was boycotting the TLC channel because they removed the show, 19 Kids and Counting, and said he wouldn’t watch again until they returned the show to the air. I was shocked. This is Ray Comfort, the man who leads people to Christ, who follows God’s word and preaches it unapologetically. Surely he isn’t supporting a child molester; I must have read it wrong. But I didn’t. He left no doubt on Twitter.