he Scandal of the hour to hit the interwebs, the blogs, and cable news involves one of the most renown black religious leaders of today and 4 men that have come forth to say that they were manipulated and sexually abused at the hand of said religious leader(for this post let’s refer to him as Religious Leader X- there have been A-W before him so it doesn’t really matter his name). Since the legal age of consent in the state of Georgia is 16, this isnt legally regarded as pedophilia – However anyone that’s held a conversation with a 16 year old would know- a 16 year old is a CHILD.
The allegations are grave. The men are even backing things up with *SMH/FACEPALM* Camera phone bathroom pics of Religious Leader X (AKA the MySpace Specials). Gifts, intercontinental trips, money, vehicles were lavished on these young men while they were taken advantage of.
Being that the man has not been tried by a jury of his peers, I’ll leave the ‘Is he guilty’ talk for some other more qualified blogger. I myself am extra skeptical of the overly religious and the overly anti-homo-sexual every time a scandal breaks I am more convinced that Im right. Let us for a minute, as difficult as it is—gloss over the particulars and look at the root of the issue.
People give Organized Religion and its’ leaders way too much power.
Im not squaring the blame completely on black people- there are victims all over the world- Word to The Pope. But after seeing one after the next religious leader go down in kiddie porn loving Chris Hansen T.C.A.P. FLAMES for abuse of the children they are supposed to be teaching and mentoring… who would entrust the innocence of their children to someone they don’t even (really) know?
HE TOOK THEM ON INDIVIDUAL TRIPS TO KENYA?
Im as back to Africa as they come but uh, no one is taking my (non-existent as he is) child on a 6 hour flight ALONE to another continent. If you want my child to experience Africa, be ready to drop the dough for mother and child.
Im starting to think that the agenda on gay marriage and homosexuality is set to take the heat off trifling leaders. Child molestation charges fly like rice at a wedding, regardless of denomination and yet- it’s never really gotten as much attention as gay marriage. Why is that?
One would think endangering your offspring is much more of a problem, but that’s just my opinion. WAAAAY too many pardons and passes are given out for this. Hold people accountable for their wrongs. If you don’t, these same people that were pardoned will just continue on to the next one because they see themselves as above the law, and also – protected by their prestige.
Another side of this issue- people looking for an idol. By all means- embrace your house of worship, get acquainted with the religious teachings and grow in your faith- but people need to stop worshipping the preachers and priests. I might be mistaken here but I thought the idea was to worship the word and the Lord, not the man talking about it.
Can the Choir give me an AMEN?