It is a politics that Kathryn Brightbill lays bare in a trenchant The evangelical world is overdue for a reckoning.
Women raised in evangelicalism and fundamentalism have for years discussed the normalization of child sexual abuse.
This is not to say that liberal cultures don’t produce child abusers and even networks of abuse.
But these are generally secreted away in cosmopolitan society, and when the perpetrators are discovered they tend to be shunned and jailed.
We’ve told our stories on social media and on our blogs and various online platforms, but until the Roy Moore story broke, mainstream American society barely paid attention.
Everyone assumed this was an isolated, fringe issue. When Moore says he never dated teenage girls “without their mother’s permission,” most commentators took that as a form of blame-shifting and misogyny.
From this perspective, age of consent laws are an inconvenience merely allowing more time for young women to develop rebellious habits and engage in unbecoming conduct It is disturbingly commonplace in this culture to see “understandings” in which older men from their late twenties on well into middle age are “given permission” to date much younger women and girls.
It is no surprise that some of Moore’s defenders have taken to using Biblical precedent to defend it.
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In many evangelical cultures, however, it’s an unspoken norm and even celebrated. When Roy Moore rails against the government and demands that the Bible be the basis for all law and culture, this is the culture he is defending.
He is promoting not the New Testament ethics of Jesus, but the Old Testament anthropology and social structure of Abraham, Hagar and Sarah.