February 11, 2019

Abuse is about power and cruelty.

By Glenn

Abuse is not caused by celebacy.
Abuse is not caused by sexual orientation.
Abuse is not caused by theology.

Abuse is about power and cruelty. As along as we allow people with power easy access to victims, abuse will continue. Stopping abuse requires immediate reporting, credible investigations and certain punishments.

Abuse can happen in a family, a daycare, the BSA, a school, a church, the government….Yes, abuse can happen anywhere. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Certainly, as individuals, it is always best to avoid walking down a path. The Buddha would agree.

  • All life is suffering
  • All suffering is caused by desire
  • To end suffering one must end desire.
  • To end desire on must walk the eight-fold path.

We, as a community, however, have the obligation to create institutional barriers to abuse and institutional mechanisms for justice. When we only focus on the individual, we fail to prevent abuse.

“Southern Baptist Leaders Promise ‘Change’ After Report Uncovers Rampant Sexual Abuse: Almost 400 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct since 1998, according to a damning report.” Dominique Mosbergen

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