Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?-- Matthew 7:1-3King James Version (KJV)

“Let Him Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone,” is a well-known quotation from the Bible. In many neighborhoods, the equivalent advice was “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” Both adages have approximately the same meaning. In the United States and possibly in the world, almost no one with access to news is unaware of sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church. News media outlets raced almost daily to find another abuse cover-up. However, during that time there was no national comparison of Protestant scandals of similarity. Many assumed that Protestant churches escaped that stigma because they operated differently from Catholic Christians.

In many cases, those who believed this were right. For instance, although the Southern Baptist Convention represents a large number of Baptist churches, those churches operate as autonomous entities. In fact, many Pentecostal and Evangelical churches operate at the behest of their leader. Traditional Protestant churches such as Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Anglican all have some type of central governing body. Nevertheless, none of these faiths is rarely, if ever, examined as a group.

This small enquiry is broken into multiple categories based on type of crime. The first section covers just a small number of cases for 2014 and 2015. After that, clergy crimes are listed by type. Understanding that this report is in no way extensive in depth, it does represent the various crimes involving Protestant clergy, which is extensive. Nevertheless, there is no way this short piece could capture in depth the extent of clerical crime among Protestants.

With that lack of examination in mind, the following is a high-level examination that skims the surface of the same crimes perpetrated by the Catholic Church. All though the cases listed stay focus mainly on convictions, plea agreements, sentencing and guilty pleas. Included in the scrutiny are such crimes ranging from murder to bank robbery. However, judging from even a shallow analysis, it appears that Protestant clergy are just as bad as their Catholic counterparts are if not worse.

Interestingly, going through the cases sentencing for similar crimes punishment varied widely from state to state and city to city. The lopsided application sentencing is disturbing. Sentences in this investigation ranged from as little of 6 months probation to 133 years. In some cases, the maximum sentenced was applied, but as mentioned often it seems the punishment didn’t fit the crime. Nevertheless, perpetrators in the sexual offense did receive punishment. Whether it was appropriate can only be determined by the judge issuing sentences and the victim’s family.

NOTE: Some of these cases have not been adjudicated. Nevertheless, they are public record and are available as such on line. Follow the link below for the full report. 

The Mote In Your Eye

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on August 3, 2015 at 11:24pm

You have a valid point. The numbers consistently spouted come from 1988 report that offhandedly throws out a 86% figure concerning sexual orientation in relation to child molestation. Of course the number is ridiculous and it was collected from 213 inmates rather than psychiatric cases of pedophilia. Of course, Focus on Family's thoroughly discredited Dr. Paul Cameron — Chairman of the Family Research Institution has also published paper carried in no academic professional journal that says the same. I consider his ban from scholarly academia such a plus. 

Comment by Gerald Payne on August 3, 2015 at 3:51pm

Jay H/ Check it out Jay and you'll find that far from being over-estimated 1000,000 is a conservative estimate.

Comment by Gerald Payne on August 2, 2015 at 10:56pm

The idea that a person's sexual make-up has any relation to their social trustworthiness is another piece of biblical bullshit. That these empty scandalous insinuations carry any weight in society is an indication of the ignorance that religious bigotry inculcates in fertile minds.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on August 2, 2015 at 10:07pm

Daniel--Interestingly, as I pointed out the US lapdogs, excuse me media, have no interest in reporting what might be an even larger scandal that of the Catholic Church. I find it interesting also that as you point out many are drawn to the clergy just for the very reason listed in the report. One thing I hope to address later is that homosexuals and pedophiles don't remotely occupy the same space. If it weren't for the horror of it all, it would be humorous how religionists rail against homosexuals and deny job opportunities, but fail to see that homosexuals aren't the problem and never have been. Pedophiles seek children and they are usually found in positions or trust or authority, like priests, pastors,  boy scout leaders, YMCA directors and even day care owners. These are the places pedophiles hide. I hope I can finish that one before editing time for my book of fiction.

Comment by jay H on August 2, 2015 at 7:06am

Burnings DID occur, but those numbers have been long ago discredited as without rational basis (mainly came from activists extrapolating upon extrapolations).

Realistic history only supports vastly lower numbers.
Comment by Gerald Payne on July 30, 2015 at 3:14pm

1,000,000 minimum women burnt alive in Europe accused of witchcraft, and not an question asked of the bible. How long will it take for people to realise that educated men can be born fools.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 30, 2015 at 11:14am

I don't them the benefit of the doubt, however many do just because they are leaders of the flock and talk to God directly; a behavior that normal circumstances would land you in jail as many in my report did.



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