So I’ve been reading a lot about Josh Duggar recently, more than I would care to. If you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the brief:
Josh is a child molester.
Wow, I need a Staples button, that was so easy. In fact, it shouldn’t be more complicated than that. Josh forcibly fondled at least 4 of his sisters while they slept, starting when he was 14. The family then covered this up. They claim that they got the girls the therapy they needed. The only way it could’ve matched that description is if they had Leonardo DiCaprio from Inception go in an extract the memory of getting tickled in your woo hoo by the third little piggy.
All jokes aside, though, what is more interesting than this carnival freak show is the way that people are defending Josh. And it all comes down to a nifty little verse in Romans.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
This is a technique that I have talked about called “The Wash”. It can be, “Well, your atheism is a religious belief too!” or “All religions have their crazy stuff, so…” In this case, what it boils down to is “Everybody sins.” This is as meaningless an aphorism as has ever been constructed, and it is an attempt to render moot the moral accusations of anyone against anyone because everyone, under this Judeo-Christian God, is morally culpable and deserving of hellfire.
Can I get a ‘REALLY’?
Have you ever taken the time to think about how immoral of a system this is?
If “sin is sin” is how your heavenly justice system functions, I don’t need any part in it. Any justice system that is unable to account for variables in cases is not a just one. Saying “sin is sin” is the exact same as saying “crime is crime”. Except:
- Jaywalking is not murdering.
- Speeding is not raping.
- Intent matters, like pre-meditated actions or not. (Malice aforethought).
- We treat financial and cyber crimes differently than violent ones.
- We recognize that manslaughter is not the same as murder.
Under the trite bullsnarky of “sin is sin” and the form of justice it is proposing, we are all deserving of death should it not be for the magnificent sacrifice of Jesus Christ (to Himself, to appease Himself, to sate laws that He created, and only died for three days.)
This is, quite frankly, ridiculous. This is even to say that should any of Josh’s sisters grow up and commit the unconscionable act of speaking against the Holy Spirit or being atheists, they would be as morally deserving of death as the man who molested them when they were children.
All this is not to say that our justice system has it all figured out. And yes, what you’ve all been waiting for: we do recognize that crimes by juveniles are different than ones committed by adults, which is the reason that Josh did not spend any time in juvenile detention (also, the whole cover up thing, ya know.) But it does mean that we don’t have to listen to what he has to say about gays, or abortion, or Christian conservative values, or being an ethical or moral person, because he clearly doesn’t know a damn thing about it.
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