Fundamentalist Christians in America scare me.
In America ABC’s 20/20 recently did a story about a particular group of fundamentalist Christian churches. They are extreme in their beliefs and in the way they seek to implement them. Men are always right, women have no rights, and if a woman is raped the Christian thing to do is forgive and forget, and not to press charges.
I don’t seem to be able to post the clips here myself, so here is a 7 minute clip of the 20/20 show.
I was truly sad after watching that. The way people can be so abused and made to think they are at fault when they clearly aren’t is horrifying. Abuses of power like that are disgusting! And the cover ups that go with them make me angry and sick! How dare these men abuse young women (and older women) and make them think it’s ok, that the men have a right to behave however they like! This next clip may help you understand the attitude that underpins that behaviour.
The pastor of one of the churches who was interviewed responded to part of the 20/20 piece in front of his congregation. Watch that here.
What a jackass. If that’s his attitude towards women no wonder they are abused in his church! Women clearly have no value in that place. People who twist God’s word to suit their own purposes make me so angry! This is the very definition of spiritual abuse: using a twisted version of God’s word to back up your own agenda. I can’t tell whether he actually believes this rubbish (maybe it’s been passed down to him) or whether he just loves the power of his position and will do anything to reinforce it. Probably a combination of the two. I hope that guy isn’t married. I would feel so bad for his wife!
There are many more things I could say on this subject, but I think everyone who reads this will be on the same page and I don’t need to keep going on about how disgusting this is, and how it is such a twisted, dangerous version of God’s word.