Guest post by Bruce Gorton.
There are relatively few things which anger me more than child abuse.
When I read about Josh Duggar’s abuse of his own sisters, my blood ran cold.
When I read Christians defending it, by saying he was “playing doctor” with his sisters, my blood ran colder.
When I read Christians commenting about how atheists are full of hate, and have nothing but spite for Christians in response to it, my blood stopped running.
It had turned to ice.
Let me be clear here, I am not disgusted because Josh Duggar is a Christian; I am disgusted because he molested his own sisters.
And fourteen is old enough to know better.
I am disgusted because of the tribal apologetics trying to defend his actions at the expense of his sisters.
And they are tribal apologetics, had Josh been named Mohammed there would be no such talk of playing “doctor.”
There is a deep double standard there, wherein it suddenly becomes something other than child abuse the second it becomes your tribe.
That is the thing I most despise about conservatives in general – the idea that the evils of others are harmless in ourselves.
That is why I cannot side with people who try to minimise sexual harassment within atheism, why I cannot side with the US on torture, why I could not side with Richard Dawkins’ statements on pedophilia, why I consider myself neither multi nor mono-cultural.
I am anti-culture, because I do not believe that tribal allegiance matters one whit, what matters is not my culture or even my ideas, but our humanity.
There are some things we should hate, and Christians who would sacrifice their own children to their cultural identity are squarely in that bracket.
And I do not say this because I am an atheist; I say this because I was abused by one of my siblings growing up.
It was not sexual abuse, it is true, it was a sustained campaign of violence and intimidation.
But it was abuse, and I will not excuse those who look the other way because they want to feel forgiving of the pains inflicted on others.