Pascagoula: Sexual Abuse justified by Bible
Bible Study gone awry
A news story out of Pascagoula, MS is another one in a long line of stories coming out of the Christian community. Another report of abuse. Another child damaged. This time though he used the bible to justify his shitty actions and abuse of this child.
A Pascagoula man who used Scripture from the Bible to justify to a minor the sex crimes he was forcing her to endure
Ahhhhh how fucking christian of you.
John Kirk Councilman was already on probation for an attempted murder conviction when he was found to be abusing a minor. He abused this child over a 2 year period starting when she was 12. He did all of this in a shed he lived in... way to go you piece of shit.
He had known her for most of her life already and then he used his position of "power" to hold bible study with her and as the news report puts it:
When he used the Bible to study with the child, he justified the acts, Stevens said, by "manipulating the words of the Bible to make some kind of sense of what he was doing to her."
"The letter he sent was about him forgiving her for coming forward and telling what happened," Stevens said.
In other letters, Stevens said, Councilman wrote about how he wasn't "mad or upset" with the girl for his arrest. "He never said he was sorry to her," Stevens said.
Positions of Power
There is a problem in Christianity with people of this type seeking out these positions of power in order to gain a sort of shield to conduct their illicit activities. This is common for predators of this nature BUT the key here is this "shield" that religion (specifically christianity) has attached to it. It allows these predators a safe place to gravitate to and they know they will be protected. Why will they be protected besides the evidence given by the Catholic Organization alone?
Unquestioning doctrine in the Bible
In the bible, it is drilled into you that you are not to question the authority of God or trust yourself when trying to understand god:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
The bible puts "god" up on this pedestal so that he can't be criticized or really even understood.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
This paints someone who claims to understand "god" and what his words mean into a powerful position over someone that has been indoctrinated. These positions that these predators gravitate to outside of religious positions do not harbor this same type of power. This power is the power over a person's own understanding and is powerful in persuasion.
Children that have been indoctrinated into the faith and have been taught to trust in the lord their god and do not question his choices are subject to this kind of victimization. You want a reason why indoctrinating your child in this fashion is potentially harmful, well there are news stories every day just like this.
The sexual abuse got so bad, Stevens said, that it finally reached a point where the girl "confided about what happened to a few of her friends."
"She blamed herself," Stevens said, though police reminded her she was the victim and he was the perpetrator.
Think Skeptically. Stay Godless.