I usually stay out of things like this, but I can’t ignore anymore. This is not an attack on the University or on their (however misguided or not) intents to please God. This is a defense of those who are trying desperately to DO THE RIGHT THING but are being painted as the villains. God is not a “respecter of persons” and every child of His deserves respect and “a voice”. Not to be squelched or shoved under the rug for the sake of “saving face”. This is real life. These are real people. This is not a game.
(This just in: DailyKos reports on Christopher Peterman story!)
This is not a headline from The Onion. It happened to Christopher Peterman on Tuesday.
Here’s what really happened.
In the late 1990’s, a 15-year old girl was raped by a married man at her fundamentalist church in New Hampshire. She became pregnant. When the girl reported it to her pastor, the pastor had her publicly apologize to the congregation for her role in an adulterous relationship. Then he sent her to live with people in Colorado where she had the baby and gave it up for adoption. The pastor’s name was Chuck Phelps. (No apparent relation to Fred Phelps of the Westboro Church in Kansas).
A year ago, ABC’s 20/20 aired an entire episode on this incident, with Elizabeth Vargas reporting. Soon after, the rapist was brought to trial, convicted by a jury of his peers and sentenced by a judge to…
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