A friend shared a link with me, and I have been enlightened.
Believing the Bible Christian Fundamentalism is the root cause of sexual predators!
That’s why, despite never having seen more than a few minutes of the show at a time, and having no idea which kid was Josh, I was able to make this prediction. All I needed to know was that they followed Gothard’s teachings about sex and gender, and I knew that it was more likely than not that a sex scandal would surface sooner or later.
I know, I know, it sounds like he’s saying the problem is with the teachings of some guy named Gothard, but he later makes it clear that what he means by that is the obviously problematic Biblical teaching of pre-marital chastity:
And make no mistake, these teachings are NOT limited to Gothard, but have significantly infiltrated Evangelicalism as a whole. The root of the harmful teachings are an obsession with sexual “purity” and a terror that the kids might have sex before they are married.
It is this problematic association of sex with marriage that causes people to become molesters:
The hypocrisy is just astounding, and it is no wonder the media is all over this. This family, like Gothard and Phillips, made their fortune – millions of dollars – promoting a particular view of sexuality, and (in my view), trading on the pretty innocence of their daughters. And then used the platform to make unsupportable claims about LGBT people. And all the while, it wasn’t the gays that were fondling the daughters.
No sir. The gays were not fondling the Duggar daughters. Nope. All they were doing was using their adopted son to create gay child porn. Not nearly as despicable. And it was probably caused by their Christian Fundamentalist beliefs anyways.
But this disgusting Christian Fundamentalism isn’t just limited to the gays and some reality TV stars. No, it controls the entire culture. Even a mainstream publication like the LA Times is down with child molestation, with columnist Robin Abcarian writing that it is perfectly normal for children to “check out the genitals of other kids, especially their much younger siblings.” Ms. Abcarian wrote this in defense of the self-admitted child molester and noted Christian Fundamentalist Lena Dunham, who–like the Duggars–has a television show dedicated to teaching the Christian Fundamentalist doctrine of chastity.
No doubt Ms. Abcarian will soon have a new column using the same Christian Fundamentalist arguments to defend Mr. Duggar. That just goes to show how insidious this whole
believing the Bible Christian Fundamentalist thing is. If you’re still not convinced that believing the Bible Christian Fundamentalism causes child molestion, just peruse this study, which clearly shows that the vast majority of cases are perpetrated by the the boyfriend of the victim’s mother–a family arrangement far more prevalent among Fundamentalist Christian than in the general population.
Save a child. Prevent molestation. Don’t
believe the Bible be a Christian Fundamentalist.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. —2 Timothy 4:3 (ESV)