The Grace Baptist church made headlines Friday, for their youth pastor being arrested for buying a child prostitute. Luckily, it was a sting set up by the TBI, and no children were harmed.

 

The TBI set up the sting by running ads selling underage children for sex. Over the course of a 3 day investigation they rounded up 32 men and women. The men and women who responded knew up front that they were buying underage children for sex.

 

One of the two pastors arrested in this sting was the youth pastor at Grace Baptist. Under his charge were children from infants to fifth grade. The lead pastor of the church claims that he was never alone with these kids, and is asking for families to bring their children in for counseling.

 

Shouldn’t the counseling of children be left up to professionals? This is far better than someone who wears the same collar of authority of the person arrested. We shouldn’t  be convincing  children to put more trust in pastors. We should  foster less trust for anyone who claims a supreme being gives them authority to tell you how to live. This is the ultimate power imbalance.

 

With two Tennessee pastors being a part of this bust,it should highlight the problems we have here in evangelical Tennessee. You know Tennessee, the state with all the laws legalizing bigotry. We have too many living in the dark
ages. Now i’m not saying that all predators are overtly religious, but it does fall in line with the fundamentals of the Abrahamic  religions.

 

The masculine male dominance persona common to these type of  predators is found all
throughout the bible.  Such as in the book of Genesis.

 

Genesis 19:8Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let
me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do
anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.

 

Lot offers up his virgin daughters to be raped because the protection he
offers under his roof is reserved for men. We also have Deuteronomy 22:28-29

 

If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be
married and rapes her and they are discovered,he shall pay her father fifty
shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He
can never divorce her as long as he lives.

 

Women must marry their rapist,but only after their rapist purchases her from
her father. This is not much different than human sex trafficking. Man rapes a
a virgin and as long as he pays someone for her it’s ok in the bible. The bible
has other edicts about rape. Such as another verse from Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 21: 10-13

10:    When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them
into your hands and you take captives,

11:if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife.

12:Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails

13:and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.

 

These verses tell you how you can rape a female captive you have taken after killing all
your enemies. You are to first break her down by shaving her head and grooming
her nails. Then after a month of forced captivity with the person who just
slaughtered her whole family you get to rape her. It does go on to say:

14:If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must
not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.

 

That says if she does not satisfy you let her go,  but you can’t sell her because
that is only for virgins. How can anyone who believes this is the inspired word
of the creator of the universe read this and not rationalize atrocity?

 

I am not saying that all religious people use their book to rationalize their
actions. But without the book what could the religious predators
point to in order to live with themselves? Do they rationalize their actions
this way or do they believe all they have to do is ask for forgiveness?

I don’t care to delve into the minds of these people, but they have got to find a
line somewhere that they can’t cross with their faith.

Sources from this post:

  1. University of Michigan article: Understanding the Perpetrator
  2. Local & now news story: Grace Baptist offering counseling to kids, congregation following sex trafficking arrest
  3.  WATE news : 32 arrested in human trafficking sting operation, 2 pastors charged with trafficking