MIssionary accused of multiple sex crimes

An Oklahoma missionary has been accused of multiple sex crimes against children during an African mission trip.

An Edmond teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on an African mission trip.

The suspect was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children.

According to court records, 19-year-old Matthew Durham confessed …

Those selfless missionaries get into lots of trouble, it turns out. Seriously, we need to get over the marketing lie that Godly Folk are somehow ‘better’ than everybody else; the truth is that a great many of them are grievously disturbed.

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Meet my neighbors, ctd

This Tarheel Holy Man won’t be making his court date.

A former concord pastor took his own life days after authorities took out warrants to arrest him on child sex charges.

Channel 9 learned Monday the former pastor shot himself in front of deputies this weekend.

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The Will to Power

Book One: European Nihilism
II: Nihilism

§26 The pessimism of active energy: the question “for what?” after a terrible struggle, even victory. That something is a hundred times more important than the question of whether we feel well or not: basic instinct of all strong natures — and consequently also whether others feel well or not. In sum, that we have a goal for which one does not hesitate to offer human sacrifices, to risk every danger, to take upon oneself whatever is bad and worst: the great passion.

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Blaming the victim, again

A 10-year old girl might die in an ‘honor killing’ because she was raped by a mullah.

It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque, and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex.

But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an “honor killing” in the case — against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.

Western Christians don’t generally kill their young over illicit sex — though it isn’t unknown, and would probably be more common but for secularism — but otherwise this story is nearly identical to the thousands of other stories we’ve all read over the years: The victim is cast as the Great Whore of Babylon, and the Holy Man gets off without a scratch.

What can explain this almost universal reaction amongst believers? This almost universal re-victimization of the victim? Are these people so infantilized that they simply can’t acknowledge the evil in plain sight?

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You-read-it-here-first department

Michael Hamar is reading The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies, and it’s looking like something I might want to add to my own library. He quotes these two especially-striking passages:

  • “. . . .the reformers as a group considered sex and other pleasurable experiences tainted by evil and a potent source of sin. They were not merely suspicious of sex, but hostile to any sexual activity at all save for marital relations undertaken expressly and consciously to conceive a child. . . . . were determined to limit marital sex to the absolute minimum, and on penalizing extra-marital sex as harshly as possible.”

  • ” . . . married couples were allowed sexual intercourse under only three conditions: 1) for the explicit purpose of conceiving a child; 2) to prevent the temptation of marital infidelity; and 3) to yield to the unrelenting demands – most likely sinful – of their partner. Even then the sexual intercourse could not be performed in the daytime, had to be in the “missionary position’, could not be performed on Sundays, Wednesdays or Fridays – removing the equivalent of five months of the year – and was not to be performed during Lent or other forbidden times. . . All other sexual activity was categorically condemned.”

Christian hostility to sex has its origin in the (bogus) story of Adam and Eve’s Fall, and holds that sexual desire entered the world as a consequence of the Fall; sexual desire, therefore, is a symptom and expression of man’s innate evil and unfitness to exist.

Or that’s the schtick, anyway.

John Calvin took that hostility very seriously, and the Catholic Bishops do today. From Institutes of the Christian Religion:

Wherefore, let spouses consider that all things are not lawful for them. Let there be sobriety in the behavior of the husband toward the wife, and of the wife in her turn toward the husband; each so acting as not to do anything unbecoming the dignity and temperance of married life. Marriage contracted in the Lord ought to exhibit measure and modesty — not run to the extreme of wantonness. This excess Ambrose censured gravely, but not undeservedly, when he described the man who shows no modesty or comeliness in conjugal intercourse, as committing adultery with his wife.

Read that last passage carefully, and think about it: Enjoying that fooling-around stuff too much, even with your spouse, is adultery.

Because, you know, your Invisible Friend comes first, must be the exclusive focus of your entire existence — and you’re probably not thinking about Jesus and your own unfitness to live if you’re getting hot and bothered all the time.

What is there to say? It’s crazy, it’s a rejection of life itself — but the strongly Calvinist Southern Baptists take this lunacy seriously. I am not kidding you when I say they believe only in procreation, and condemn the mutual-loyalties and -ambitions that make a relationship a marriage. Southern Baptist 101: Marriage is cosmic permission to make babies — period.

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