If a public school teacher sexually abuses a child, the award will be lower than if it's a guilty Christian pastor? If so, this isn't an equitable and just process. What is the range of public school payouts for those who are sexually abused?
Why do churches have schools, daycares, after school programs, homeless shelters, Sunday school, buses or orphanages? In a litigious society, wouldn't it be wise to eliminate these liabilities?
However, there are tens of millions of latchkey children who are extremely vulnerable. Who'll watch out for them if the church is forced to eliminate these adjacent ministries?
If your pastor abused a child, could your church withstand a $100 million award?
Perhaps these payouts go beyond justice and are a good excuse to exterminate Christian denominations as they are sued by their former (sexually, physically, psychologically or spiritually abused and disgruntled) members.
The judicial system cuts both ways: punishes the guilty and compensates the injured.
Jim Lincoln wrote: But anyway, as some good Southern Baptists have pointed out, Roman Catholics, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses have much more in common with each other than they do Christians.
Roman Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Church of Scotland, Church of England, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Arminian Baptists, Synergist Baptists, Free Will Baptists and Female-preacher Baptists are all in the same massive damned heap.
Only Independentist Fundamentalist KJV-onlyist Calvinist Monergist Rapturist Once-a-month-communionist Memorialist Full-immersionist No-elderist No-beer-or-wineist Baptists will make it. Everyone else has apparently "voted himself off the island."
Jim Lincoln wrote: Too bad, the article wasn't as hard hitting as it should have been, in fact while pointing out a few of the stern warnings as given by the seminary professor, and had a lot of commentary from Creflo Dollar, q.v., Why Creflo Dollar Needs His Dollars (note this may be a liberal site) from, ---An Absence of Accountability Apparently there's quite lack of good thinking on this congregation's part. A fallen pastor would have to prove himself of return to the pulpit, and that would take at least four or five years of impeccable conduct. In Long's case, he should go into a different business, since for him that's what it really is.
If a pastor solicited a young man in his congregation, how long should his suspension last?
As homosexuals quietly entered seminaries and the priesthood during the sex-soaked culture of the 60s, then, and not surprisingly, went on to abuse boys, the Psychiatric community advised that these behaviors were curable and placed them in counseling.
Now the Psychiatric community defines homosexual proclivity as good and thus no need for a cure.
Regardless of this history, that these priests have hurt the least of these, wouldn't it be better that a millstone be hung around their necks and they be cast into the sea?