The common sense exemption that we give to religion works even when the criminal isn’t part of the priesthood, as we see in this story.
Mark Richard, a 31-year old church usher at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, has been arrested and is being held on $100,000 bond, for molesting a 7-year old child that he took to the bathroom for parents. Of course, this is not the first time, just a year prior he was arrested for sexually assaulting a 2-year old boy in the same way. No charges were filed in the first case.
“It’s just hurtful to know that I couldn’t get justice for my son, and he has to live with this situation,” said the mother of the first boy. It continues to baffle me why parents would hand over their young children to random strangers during a church service, thinking that because they’re in a church, these people can be trusted. You would never do that in a restaurant, if your child wanted to go to the bathroom and some kindly stranger, or even a waiter, offered to take them. So why does religion get such a pass in society, especially when it’s painfully obvious that it doesn’t deserve it?
With all of the cases where the clergy and those serving in the church turn out to be child molesters and rapists and abusers, you’d think parents would wise up and stop leaving their innocent children with these potential pedophiles, but they don’t. Nobody gives it a second thought before sending their kids off with these predators to private places where they can be abused. I find that fact shocking. It makes no sense whatsoever. But if the religious weren’t stupid, Horror Show Sunday wouldn’t exist, would it? So is it a problem that the priesthood is corrupt or is it that these parents are too stupid to live? You decide.