I read a post on Violetwisp’s blog. https://violetwisp.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/religion-is-harmless/ . It started with a post by Ark. https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/oh-for-gods-sake-religion-does-no-harm-oh-really/ . I think this is an important topic. I agree with Ark on this, however I am not saying all religious people are deliberately bad or “evil”. I think the institutions of religion by their natures can not help but affect everything they try to do with some amount of negativity. Even religious groups trying to do great things like feed people who are hungry and clothe people and arrange for homeless children to be placed with loving qualified parents are poisoned by being done by religious organizations. This is why I say this, if a person without food is required to listen to a sermon that may not agree with their views just to receive the food it is coercion. If you have to agree with the dogma of a religion to receive the clothing you need, it is wrong. If a child is denied a loving family, a qualified home because a religious group discriminates against possible parents based on their religious criteria is criminal in my view.
So this is why I say that even when trying to do good works, if it involves a religion it is soured. The same good actions can be and in fact should be done by secular humans caring for other humans. Thanks. Hugs
Other studies have found that sexual abusers within faith communities have more victims and younger victims. This disturbing truth is perhaps best illustrated by the words of a convicted child molester who told Dr. Salter,
I considered church people easy to fool…they have a trust that comes from being Christians. They tend to be better folks all around and seem to want to believe in the good that exists in people.
Besides sending shockwaves down your spine, why is it critical for those within the faith community to be aware of these statistics?
If approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have been sexually abuse as children (an even a more conservative statistic than that provided by Dr. Russell), this means that our churches are filled with abuse survivors. For example, [tweetable]a church of 200 members (100 women and 100 men) will have at least 41 child sexual abuse survivors…20.5%![/tweetable] Yet, sexual abuse is still too seldom talked about inside our churches.