November 17, 2017

Satanists Suggest Christians Own Child Abuse

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I don't dispute the claim that Christians have been abusing children for centuries. I think that is beyond debate. I also think it is clear that church hierarchy, especially as one finds it within the Catholic Church, has preferred to protect clergy who abuse children over the children they have abused. And finally, I'd add that some of what children are taught by their Christian parents about the special status of clergy probably contributes to an atmosphere where abuse may be more likely to occur and less likely to be dealt with appropriately when it occurs.

I suppose the question here is whether there is anything in Christian doctrine itself that promotes, excuses, or defends child abuse. One does not find clear prohibitions against it in any version of the Ten Commandments I've seen, but not explicitly forbidding something isn't the same as condoning it. As for Christians owning child abuse, I'd be reluctant to go that far. I'm reasonably confident that adherents of some non-Christian religions abuse children too.

That said, an argument can be made that the ethical principles found in at least some forms of Satanism may be superior to those found in Christianity in at least some respects. If nothing else, the suggestion that Christians own child abuse provides an interesting counterpoint to some of the moral panics found in our not too distant past.