The Sex Offenders in the Church Survey from Christianity Today came out and it pretty much provides all the evidence I need for why I’m not a Christian. The magazine sits squarely in the mainstream of Christianity. My understanding is that it’s not terribly political. Unlike the rabid World Net Daily, they don’t seem to really care if Obama is a Muslim or born in the US. Although, Franklin Graham (son of founder, Billy), phrased his answer to that question in less than concrete terms.
The point is, they’re not crazy. Or, rather, really, really crazy.
And you have to give them a good deal of credit for even thinking of doing this survey. It’s an important aspect of society in general – what do we do with the worst of us? One place where survey falls down, though, shows up in the lack of definition of “sex offender”. Is this someone who tortures, rapes and kills children? Or adults? Gay men having consensual anonymous sex in an airport bathroom? Having straight sex in a baseball stadium? Urinating in public? All of those get you on the sex offender list. Without a clear definition or section allowing respondents to personally define “sex offender”, the survey renders itself slightly useless.
Putting that aside, it quickly becomes clear that despite claims to the contrary, Jesus’ magic powers only go so far. Sure, He can cure cancer but He can’t regenerate limbs. He can bring down gas prices but not by creating new oil fields. Most distressing, he cures gayness but if you’re a sex offender…well, you’re pretty much screwed.
Can Sex Offenders be Rehabilitated?
Q: In your opinion, can sex offenders be completely rehabilitated to the point where they no longer pose a threat to others?
Not sure 37%
In other words, more than 3/5ths of professing Christians answering the survey believe Jesus’ love incapable of stopping sex offenders from offending again.
To repeat – this is a mainstream publication and not like the radical xtian One News Now poll where 90% of xtians believed waterboarding to be “ethical”
Oh, ye of little faith.