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In the real world, religious beliefs do not trump the law.

It does not or should not trump proven medical, psychological or scientific research and fact.

The Duggar family from TLC’s “19 Kids And Counting” are learning about that the hard way after they recently admitted that their eldest son Josh sexually abused his own younger sisters and a woman who once belonged to their same religious movement.

The family says Josh was a teenager at the time and they didn’t report it to authorities because they handled it the way their religion specified, through spiritual principals.

Vickye Garrison, a former member of the so called “Quiverfull” movement told me on CNN that the family sees God as the first one to deal with the problem, the father is the second and then the church elders or the church body are the third.

Garrison says they see this as a heart problem that should be interpreted biblically rather than one that should be dealt with professionally or legally.

Garrison – “They’re seeing angels and demons at work here, they’re seeing spiritual forces of darkness, so they believe that Satan has brought this into their home, that they’re under an attack and that this is a test from God. This is the kind of thing that’s going on in their mind.  They’re not even thinking about things like consenting..”

Lemon – “Doesn’t that seem like a disconnection from reality?

Garrison – “It is a major disconnect from reality.  I always refer to Quiverfull as being a very powerful head trip in which you get this vision and all of a sudden it’s like putting on this huge filter and everything that comes at you, every thought has to be filtered through and channeled through this idea, what does god want, what does god say, what ideal can we glean from the bible that applies to this situation.”

That type of thinking and those actions may make them feel better, or may assuage their own guilt, but it is indeed a disconnection from reality and more importantly is very dangerous.

It ultimately ignores the victim while setting the perpetrator free through some arbitrary and fanciful sense of forgiveness.

The Duggar father or mother don’t need to forgive their son.

The daughters who he has confessed to molesting are the ones who decide whether they want to forgive their brother – or not, and most likely at that age they don’t have the mental capacity or strength to judge that for themselves.

After all they are children.

It is obviously ok to have faith in a higher power, whatever you want to call it.

But it is not ok for that faith to dictate common sense.

Many times that is the problem when people begin the defense of anything with “God said.”

It often ignores those who need to be heard first have to say – the victims.

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11 thoughts on “Don Lemon: Your God or Religious Beliefs Do Not Trump The Law

  1. Ismael on said:

    Does anybody remember the Denzel movie “The Great Debaters.” The end of the movie can give Don Lemon the answer to his assertion.

  2. Ismael on said:

    This is Humanism vs. Faith. This issue is whether you owe more loyalty to God or man, whether man’s law violates human dignity, like slavery, or does is exalt human dignity. I remember the words “give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar and to God what belongs t God.” We all have free will and as Viktor Frankl made clear, we all ultimately decide who or what we will be loyal to.

  3. Anyone, who at anytime ever thought this clown car family was normal or that what they were looking at on tv was anything more than a scripted scam of a show is as crazy as the Duggars are. This revelation does not surprise me one bit. As a matter of fact, when read the first headline, I stated IMMEDIATELY that it was probably a family member this freak put his hands on. I’d be willing to bet my forty acres and a mule that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

  4. Timekeeeper on said:

    It Isn’t just about the Duggars either. There is a whole segment of our religious population that has been hijacked by Hate. The so called religious right, evangelicals ( although I prefer to think of them as Demongelicals) for their narrow minded points of view regarding the Bible and other religious organizations who are much more political than they are spiritual who would rather burn people at the stake and literally plot to kill people who don’t go along with their thought process. A recent poll has indicated that people are falling away form the church and this is just a sample of the reason why.
    Jesus message of peace, hope, and forgiveness is being lost in the smoke and mirrors of politics and shady preachers whose term “building fund” as come to mean My Fund.
    It is prophetic though as the Bible does speak of a great “Falling Away” in latter days. People like the Duggrs make it easy for many to say never mind when it comes to belief.. You just have to remember that The World Propped them Up, and anything the world props up, God is going to take them down.

  5. specialt757 on said:

    Now I MIGHT understand them not wanting to turn their teenage son into police where he would have a criminal record or have to register as a sex offender (even though their daughters are VICTIMS and could suffer mentally as a result), but what I don’t understand is they are not getting him the help/counseling or other that he clearly needs. He has shown a pattern, there is more to follow, next time jail won’t be their option it will be a requirement.

  6. I’m not so sure the Duggars haven’t taken all of this into consideration. Their religious persuasion is the reason why they made it to reality tv in the first place. They live differently, and they deserve, since they’re already on reality tv, they deserve to be heard on reality tv. We all could learn a lesson from them. Shameful events happen in every family. We have to be mindful of that fact. God is love. God loves us all. Love conquers all. Love conquered the cross! Jesus died for child molesters, liars, thieves, crooks, drug addicts, gays. Did I leave anybody out?

  7. specialt757 on said:

    I wonder if they would feel the same if a non-family member (same faith or not) molested their young daughters.

  8. Linda on said:

    Those Duggar’s are simply HYPOCRITES!!!!!

    They portrayed themselves in their cable series as a devout “Christian” family-funny how one of their kids is a child molester!!!!!!!!

    People who live in glass houses should not throw stones!!!!!!!!

    So called Christians need to live and let live and stop spewing HATRED at others!!!!!!!
    The Bible that I have read does not preach or condone HATE-it speaks of LOVE!

    • MacBen on said:

      You clearly didn’t read it all nor did you understand what was written. Smiting, stoning, fire & brinstone, casting down, casting out, vengeance, plagues, and leprosy are not love.

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