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Six Flawed Reasons Christians are Defending Josh Duggar

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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.

Ray Comfort Tweet

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A Quick Update on Hope for Children Campaign

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I will be delivering a second round of money orders to the DA’s office this afternoon in the amount of $1,230 for each of the families ($2,460 total). To date we have raised an even $5,000 — thanks to a sweetheart anonymous donor who made a 3rd donation just to “round it up”! 🙂 One of the donations was an extremely generous $1,000 check mailed directly to me from the Round Rock Police Officer’s Association and would not be included in the GoFundMe withdrawals screen shot seen below. A total of $2,200 was previously delivered in December.

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*Please note that GoFundMe does remove fees from the donations, and I had to pay $5 for each money order (a total of 8 money orders because the highest amount a money order can be is $1,000).

These donations have been received from over 60 people during the past month! Chief Mannix, Cedar Park Police Department, recently issued a challenge to local law enforcement and they have stepped up in a big way! We’ve received donations from Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Austin PDs so far. Their support for victims of violent crime has been heartfelt and is a true reflection of the dedication they have to their jobs and their communities. I wish I could thank them each personally!

I’d like to share a quick story that I posted on one of the GoFundMe updates. I spoke with Assistant District Attorney, Geoffrey Puryear, a few weeks ago and he passed along the gratitude these families have expressed for the recent support you have all shown. He mentioned that for a while these families felt “like an island”, left to deal with the aftermath of this horrific abuse while a very vocal group in the community turned their backs on them in support of the man who abused their children. It has been both comforting and healing to them to know that they are not alone. So on behalf of these families I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the love and support, whether it is prayers, vocal support, or monetary donations. It is so important that when one of us falls down, others are there to help pick them up again. So thank you for picking up these families, dusting them off, and helping them to heal and grow through this tragedy.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:35-40