Prayers for families on Ethiopian Airlines crash

Our prayers go out to those on the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed this weekend. It is devastating for families with family members on this flight. May God be with the surviving family members.

May God’s presence be with you and comfort you and give you peace in this tragedy.

Amongst the 157 people from 35 countries who died, there were 18 Canadians. One was a Brampton, Ontario family of six with three generations including a 5 year old. There were 20 people who worked with the United Nations. There were 8 Americans and 7 British citizens (read full story).

Justin Trudeau embroiled in illegal affair

In Canada, the Trudeau—SNC Lavalin affair could soon have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in very big trouble. There are real facts being revealed. The former Attorney General (A-G), Jody Wilson-Raybould, revealed Trudeau’s manipulation.

Trudeau tried to force the Attorney-General to intervene in order to get a Quebec company out of legal trouble. He broke the rules of political non-interference. Using an A-G to get the company out of trouble was illegal. Trudeau’s illegal action can be qualified as obstruction of justice.

Could Canada see its Prime Minister go to jail? There have been previous cases where people were convicted of crimes with less evidence than what has been presented here.

What we know for sure is that someone committed something wrong. There are many other actions that give evidence that someone did something wrong. There will no doubt be more evidence rising from other witnesses before the justice committee. There will also be a police investigation (likely by the RCMP).

Wilson-Raybould (A-G) testified before the House of Commons justice committee of being hounded and pressured to do what he wanted. There were veiled threats by the Prime Minister. No wonder she was removed from her portfolio as Attorney-General by Trudeau. Her cabinet removal from Attorney-General was undoubtedly politically motivated in order to muzzle her and punish her for not “playing the game”. Good on her. She stood firm and did the right thing.

Liberal Administration also tried to muzzle her (and others) from testifying in the justice committee. The opposition Conservatives and the Canadian public said “No way!”. They got their way. The former A-G did get the opportunity to tell her side of the story and hopefully will speak more. We need to know more of the facts from others too. Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s former right-hand man in government, resigned last week for a good reason. He knew there was trouble brewing ahead. He might also be found guilty of something—hence his resignation.

The Quebec engineering company, SNC-Lavalin, was stuck in a federal corruption case. Trudeau’s government is giving the excuse that it was about saving jobs. That’s hog wash and I think every Canadian knows it. Nullifying an illegal act and giving the excuse that it wants to protect Canadian jobs? An Illegal action is still an illegal action. A crime is still a crime. The people want the truth and confession.

This case is a smoking-gun and will definitely be in the news for a while. It’s not going away until the case is solved. I think this will definitely influence the future federal elections in Canada. I would not be surprised if the Trudeau Liberals get elected out of government, or be forced to leave office before the next election.

The federal Liberals got elected into government because people wanted change, honesty and transparency. Well, it looks like they didn’t get it from Trudeau (read story here from: BBC News and Globe & Mail).

History’s mistake: China’s implosion into socialism

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My father told me horror stories about communism.  He left China after it imploded on itself (e.g., the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward).  He will never forget, and perhaps never forgive what the Communists did to destroy China and the Chinese people.  From 1949 to 1978, China was trapped in poverty.  People starved to death.  The People’s Revolution was a disaster.

Here in the west, we must never forget the horrors of socialism.  We must never allow socialism to creep into our social consciousness as a viable alternative.  It cannot ever become an alternative.  If implemented, the ideas of Bernie Sanders, the Green New Deal, etc., would be horrifying for any free nation.  It would set the nation on a course going backwards.

History is a good teacher.  Back in 1949, the Chinese people had bought into the lie that socialism/communism was going to be good for them. China wasn’t doing so well due to economic colonialism.  The tea trade, opium, and slave trade happening around the world had sunk China into a deeper state of social confusion.  It needed a way out and the Chinese thought that perhaps Communism could offer a way out of their state.

Maoist Communists got into power.  Their authoritarian regime inflicted huge economic, social, political and structural damage upon China.  It got worse.  It had set itself back for many generations and is still far behind what it could have been if China had not taken the route of socialism.  It has taken decades and generations to fix the big mess it created for itself.  It is still in recovery mode today.

TIME Magazine Cover: Teng Hsiao-p'ing, Man of the year -- Jan. 1, 1979Since 1978, Deng Xiaoping’s reforms enabled a collosal reversal away from its old-style communism.  During the last four decades, China has undergone a huge economic reform due to Deng Xiaoping.  It’s market system has enabled 800 million people to climb out of poverty creating the largest middle class in the world.

It’s truly an economic miracle that is happening today. However, this ought to be received as a testament that socialism does not work. Do not misunderstand this as a credit due to socialism.   China’s economic miracle happened because of free-market enterprise within the special economic zones (though couched within a centralized governing structure).  Insiders have already rejected old style socialism while remaining loyal to The Party.

An extraordinary social reform has also taken place.  Though still imperfect today, society is much freer today than when under Mao’s Communist rule.  There are far fewer travel restrictions.  Millions of Chinese have received education from abroad, and there will be millions more in the future.   In 2018, 134 million Chinese tourists traveled overseas.

Today, there are also a technological and infrastructural reforms. China is becoming a technological giant.  It is becoming a leader in robotics, artificial intelligence, and a giant in green solar energy.  Today, there are already more billionaires in China than in the U.S.

China is reforming the country incrementally from the inside.  Gradual change is safer and more secure than a sudden change.  Another revolution into free-market capitalism might cause a break-up of the country into smaller regions.

Akin to its Confucius history, Chinese people are respectful of their own political history and father of reform, Deng Xiaoping.  They will not jeopardize their gains by making too much of a sudden shift. A gradual shift will eventually happen (but we just won’t tell them).

Again, the reason for this post?  The proposed Green New Deal.  I know we’re not looking at old-style communism. But we must reject this entire philosophy as a whole.  Socialism in any form does not work.  Capitalism is proven to work.

When we look at what is happening in today’s modern China, we must be factor in that China had huge setbacks due to socialism.  If it were not for communism, China could be where South Korea is today. East Asians are smart, industrious, and have a drive to succeed in every way.  They will succeed socially, economically, politically, and hopefully, spiritually.

As a Christian, I pray for spiritual prosperity to lead the nation into true success.  Without a deep and guiding spirituality, China will eventually lose steam and sink into apathy and indifference.  This has already happened in many western nations in Europe and sections of American culture.

China has recognized the mistake it made in 1949.  Today’s nation states ought to remember the mistakes made throughout history.  What Russia could have been is another story in itself.  And what are still today’s Cuba and North Korea are utter disasters.

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As in the Soviet Union, under Chairman Mao, the educated Chinese were either forcibly removed from their homes and confined to labor camps, jailed or killed.  All property owners had their property confiscated.  Anyone with property and money had their property seized.  The fortunate ones fled early to other parts of Asia like Singapore.

Anyone with skills, talent and gifts were considered to be the elite bourgois, and therefore, seen as suspect.  If they refused to join and pledge loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party, they were either jailed, beaten or killed, or all three.

As a result, millions of people starved to death because of this stubborn socialistic ideology.  Millions of people were stuck indefinitely in poverty.  By the time they discovered Communion/Socialism was not the solution, it was far too late.  They were now subjected under the new political ruling class.  The Communist Party used fear and intimidation to control the masses–even entire families and churches.  As a result, the church went underground.

Note, even today, the regime is still demolishing large evangelical churches that refuse to conform to Party ideologies because they believe in God as their supreme leader rather than the State (NY Times article and UK Express article).

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There was no escape because no one was left with money to start businesses. There was no one left with education and capital to invent new things or be creative with their talents.

Marxist ideologies of making everyone the same and economically equal was wrong-headed.  Socialism failed the millions of people they wanted to help escape poverty.   Their own poverty became more entrenched.  Adults suffered.  Children suffered.  The poor became poorer.

The only rich people were the Communist officials who accepted bribes. The result was far worse.  China imploded into itself.  No one had the courage to complain against the Communist Party.  The Party became god.  The Party rewarded those who reported on family members, friends, and neighbors who were sympathetic to the bourgeois.  The Communist state encouraged Party members to betray their own family and friends.  Very sad.

In the early days of Communism, they controlled the government-run media to feed the people Party propaganda. North Korea is using a similar propaganda media machine today.  (Today, CNN and CNBC are also leftist propaganda media-machines in America, minus the centralized government-control).  They do not critique their own socialistic policies. They just play the game and report what they are told.  News agencies are authentically fake news.  There is nothing more fake than the authoritarian socialistic propaganda machines.

Maoist China and today’s North Korea know how to put on a charade.  Men, women and children are told to put on happy faces, clean up the streets and add a new coat of paint.  Make everything look new and happy, while deep inside, the pain of socialism continues to hurt.  It’s like a make-believe Disneyworld, but socialist-style.  The people of Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea know it’s all a lie.  They want to change but live in fear of the Communist state.

Liberals, leftists, and socialists have not helped anyone except themselves. Look at Venezuela and what they’ve done to their own country today. It has self-imploded, following in the footsteps of other socialist countries.  It hasn’t learned from history’s mistakes. The people propelled crooked leaders into power who benefit from their own corrupt system of government.

It amazes me that an entire nation can become stuck in its own endless cycle of corruption without an access of escape.  Thank God we have representative democracies, or a democratic republic in the U.S.   We can freely elect new representatives into government to replace undesirable representatives.  It’s a dynamic system of government.  Socialistic authoritarian countries have no free elections.  Fellow ideologues are appointed into power.  This has begun to happen in the once free city-state of Hong Kong, thus, the yellow umbrella movement in 2014.

Does anything good ever come out of pure Communism and socialism?  Name one country where it has.

I would not label today’s China as a pure Communist system (even though they are in name).  They do not have old-age pensions or socialized medicare.  Seniors and the poor actually have to fend for themselves, or they need to be taken care of by their children.

In actual practice, Maoist and Stalinist Communism had dug a deep pit for the people.  The rich become poor; and the poor have no chance of becoming rich.  There is no middle class.  There is only a large mass of impoverished people.  For those who wait for the dream, there will only be darkness at the end of the tunnel.  Once they use up people’s money and intellectual capital, there will be nothing left to share.  There is no incentive to create wealth merely to be taken away.  Everyone will remain poor.

This is the same fate awaiting for people fighting for the Green New Deal and other socialistic-type parties.  Industries will grow weaker and eventually collapse into themselves due to their lack of social and economic liberties.

Socialism’s goals and ideals may appear attractive on the outside.  It spouts false propaganda giving false hope to the poor, the less-educated, and the disadvantaged.  We must educate ourselves by learning about history.  Some of our contemporary politicians today, e.g., Barack Obama, Pierre Trudeau (father of Justin Trudeau), and Bernie Sanders were educated by leftist ideologues at leftist institutions.  They are idealogues with ideas that do not actually work.

They did not see the full scope of history along with their mistakes. They were also misguided by the charade of socialism, and by the omission of Communist errors.  Have you ever heard them talk about the tragic errors of historic Communism?  No!  It never even occurs on their level consciousness.  You will only hear and learn about these historic mistakes by reading and learning from free-market sources.

With every generation, socialism will try to rear its ugly head.  They might tack on a fresh and hip label: “Democratic…” or “People’s…”  It’s really just mascara and lipstick to make it look attractive to the younger generations.  These labels are a facade for something sinister hidden within.   Each generation must be forewarned of the potential dangers lurking.  May our generation today not make the same mistakes that were made in history.  Reject any and all forms of socialism.

The majority of Americans have rejected the socialist ideas of Bernie Sanders.  I hope Americans will also reject this new Green New Deal and the leftist ideology of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey.

Socialism will never stop trying to reinvent itself.  It will don a new disguise, try out a new look, and call itself something fresh and exciting.  Believe me, there is nothing new under the sun.  Don’t be fooled.  The mascara, the blush, and lipstick will never cover up its hideousness on the inside.  On the exterior, it might sound and look appealing, but on the inside, it’s all the same.  It will utterly fail the people and set nations back for decades and generations.

America, please do not fall for socialism.  Doing so would be at America’s peril.  Same goes for Europe, Canada and other countries who might find these ideas appealing.  Their policies would set nations back, as socialism did to China.

America must stand, if even alone, to be that light in the darkness.  Free-market capitalism balanced with people’s love and compassion for their fellow human will always win.

Indian Air Force strikes terrorist camp

 Breaking news:
At approximately 0330-0400 hrs (New Delhi local time) on 26 February 2019, the Indian Air Force carried out an air strike on a terrorist camp in the region of Kashmir. Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets bombed and completely destroyed the terrorist camp. This was carried out around Balakot and Chikoti in Kashmir near the Line of Control. (Source: https://www.ndtv.com/ )

India and Pakistan have been fighting over this area of Kashmir, a very beautiful place in the world. What will happen in the near future between India and Pakistan? Will there be an escalation of war?

India test-fires Mica missiles from Mirage 2000 even as Pakistan carries out air force drills

Diversity of conservative supporters rising

When I was still a young university student, I thought of myself as a liberal. I was told I was a liberal. I even volunteered for a Liberal candidate in a federal election. Why? I thought of myself as open-minded. I still do. Education in secular liberal universities today have a way of brain-washing young and pliable minds into thinking that being liberal is good, and conservativism is bad.

As a national election drew closer and I was of voting age. I began to critically examine the various party platforms of all political parties. As a young person, I wanted to be a well-informed voter. I wanted to my vote according to my conscience.  To my surprise, I began to realize that my political leanings were more in line with conservatism. Needless to say, I had stopped volunteering for  liberal candidates and began volunteering for conservatives.

I began listening to conservative talk-shows.  I found that I could relate with them on many issues. I found myself agreeing with much of what they were saying.  They just sounded like common sense.

Oh, and the idea that visible minorities are supposed to be liberal? Lies, lies, and more lies.  I didn’t buy it.  Conservatism has nothing to do with what race, ethnicity or gender you are. Liberals love taking advantage of people by dividing society by race. In the end, this causes more division.  Conservatism exists around the world. There are conservative political movements in Asia, Africa, and in all countries around the world.

I’m of Chinese-Canadian descent. My parents came from China over 60 years ago. I was told that if you’re Asian, you were supposed to vote for the Liberal Party or New Democrats and to vote Conservative meant you were a traitor to your culture and race. Liberals take race or culture for granted.  It has gone on for too long.

For years, I thought I was the only Asian conservative. Good news. Things are changing. More conservatives today self-identify as East Asian, South Asian, Latino, or African-American. The tide has turned and it will continue on this track.

Today, over 25% or more of African Americans are supporting Trump. Clout Research put this figure even higher at 40-45% (read WND article here).  This figure could continue to grow.

The election results from election day 2018 does not reflect this change in attitude. Anything related to Trump news does not reflect the change either.  This change is an undercurrent and will rise up strong in the future.

The Blexit movement (Black exit from the Democratic Party) is slowly gaining ground. More Hispanic, Blacks and Asians are moving over to support the Republican Party.

Visible minorities, women and marginal groups are increasingly getting tired of hearing that the left has the only solution.

The younger generation, namely the Millennials, are also turning toward Republicans (read L.A. Times article). They are not buying into the leftist agenda. The Millenials of today are more conservative than Baby Boomers and Generation-X were at their age. They know there is something dishonest about CNN and friends and that their reporting is biased.

Liberals and Democrats have been holding onto political power based on the visible minority vote. They have been using fear-mongering techniques to get the vote. They divide society using race, culture, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation, and etc. W?hen will they stop

They try to tell us ‘what’ to think. No one can tell us how to think.  They tell minorities that we are oppressed and that they are going to fight for us. They tell us that the best way to fight is for us to side with them. It’s a lie and a facade.  What they want is control.  They will try to own us by buying us out by handing out candy.  It is about control and winning.

When I was younger,  I was fed a lie all throughout my university years. Today, the liberal agenda is taught in many classes throughout the humanities and social sciences.  Classrooms are a training ground for indoctrination into a liberal agenda.

When we turn against the left, they get angry.  They think they own us.  Why do liberals and left hate Kanye West?   They thought he was one of them.  They can’t control him.  He’s a self-declared conservative and he is vocal about it.  He’s a big Donald Trump supporter.

If there are any liberal youth and young people out there who happen to be reading this post, I implore you to honestly do what I did. Examine the party policies of each party.  Honestly ask yourself how your personal views align with the policies of each political party. Some of you might be surprised at what you discover.

The ‘Fake News’ label is unshakable

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The “Fake News” label cannot be shaken off by the mainstream liberal media. Why?  Because it’s true.  CNN is what it is… fake news.  President Donald Trump didn’t plant this in the minds of the American public when he started running for president. Conservatives had already known this for decades.  The only thing he did was say it out loud.

He had the guts to say what most of us wouldn’t say in the public sphere.  Well, that is the authentic Donald Trump, and that’s what gives him the charisma and charm that people find attractive.   What you see is what you get.  He says what he means and he means what he says.  There aren’t many politicians out there who can do this with the charisma and the level of charm he’s done it with.  This is what the liberal media is afraid of.  He is a dangerous threat to their game.

A growing number of people, including visible minorities, women, including marginal groups, are finding that what he is saying resonates with how they are feeling.  They agree with much of what he is saying.  Expressing what he is saying takes courage and boldness to express opinions that have been suppressed for years.  There has been a suppression because of the overly ambitious political-correctness in our society.

The mainstream liberal news media has been biased against conservatives for decades but had been pretending to be sources of unbiased and honest journalism.  They have willfully neglected coverage of conservative issues for decades, and deny they have been doing this.

But how many of us would be willing to come out and make that accusation against the liberal mainstream media?  Not many.   Not until Donald Trump.

A recent article in the First Things Journal, The Future of News, Les Sillars writes:

“The industry is therefore torn. A minority embraces subjectivity as the only realistic approach. The majority clings to journalistic objectivity as an ideal, hoping to preserve their credibility—but they are losing it. A recent Knight Foundation/­Gallup poll on media, trust, and democracy found that more than four-fifths of Americans believe the news media are “critical” or “very important” for “providing objective news reports.” But only 30 percent of Americans agree that the media do this well, and 40 percent say they do it poorly. More than half could not identify even one “objective” news source. Those who could picked Fox News nearly twice as often as any other source.”

I would absolutely agree with this. I have been very suspicious of CNN and CNBC for a long time. All I ever hear from them is anti-conservativism. Since Trump ran for president, it’s been all anti-Trump. They never give him any credit for anything good. They seek to discredit him at every turn. They see him as the arch-enemy worthy of absolute humiliation and dishonor. What kind of credible media would be so blatantly biased? Yes, CNN and friends.

This is why you never hear of any calls from liberal media sources to put a stop on the Mueller investigation. They want to investigate Trump until he either slips up, crumbles or implodes. They’re happy to indict people surrounding him just to discredit his Administration.

I’m a conservative. I don’t pretend to be otherwise either. Yes, I admit, Trump can behave like a bully. He is undeniably tough against his political opponents—even against his fellow Republicans. Honestly, if I was his opponent in the same party, I would not want to step into the boxing ring with him. I wouldn’t stand a chance of doing battle with this guy for even one second.

Trump knows it’s all a game the media and political opponents are playing. He’s been playing the political game all his life in the business world. He’s had a lot of practice.  Media like CNBC, CNN, NBC, Washington Post, etc. hate the fact that’s he knows the game very well and he knows that they know.

Trump used Twitter and he was able to beat them at their own game. He got elected President, and that wasn’t supposed to happen. They are still furious at their loss, even after two years.

The liberal media have been fraudulent liars for decades. They sound more like an extension of the Democratic Party than an honest journalistic source of truth.  The reason I say that their label of “fake news” is unshakable is that they don’t want to change.  The liberal mainstream media is politically polarized against the majority of people.

Don’t be deceived. They will not change. They have been indoctrinated by secular liberal socialist education. They are also funded and run by owners at the top who hold to the same worldview.  There is an agenda from the top.  Perhaps there are a few who recognize their own bias and unfair reporting.  They are few and far between.

If the liberal media continue with their lies, and claim of providing objective and honest reporting, they are only deceiving themselves and the public. Consequently, they will garner more distrust for themselves.

I admit Fox has their own bias too. I do not label Fox as mainstream. I label Fox as a trusted “conservative media”.  Fox is a conservative news network, undeniably and unashamedly. They back up their sources.  I trust and watch Fox but I also watch other news sources.

To people out there who never listen to Fox News, and who believe CNN to be unbiased, I challenge you to compare networks. Take some time to flip channels from CNN, to Fox, to CNBC, back to Fox.  Analyze each one and tell me if CNN is not unbiased. If a person never compares, they will never understand.

CNN has repeatedly been caught in yellow (false) journalism because they do not back up their sources. This goes against the code of truth in journalism. They feign ‘source confidentiality’ and continue telling white lies and half lies.  The irony is that their half-baked lies are actually full blatant lies.   They never apologize for their mistakes.  They even justify their errors to cover up their previous errors.

They’ve been repeatedly caught red-handed telling half-baked lies after the original sources came out to reveal the facts.  Simple fact.  Fake news is fake news.  There is no escaping it.  Brands like CNN, CNBC will be permanently branded as “Fake News” unless they change fast.

There is a level of pride and hypocrisy in CNN’s reporting (or propaganda rather). CNN and friends behave like they do not care about reporting the truth. As long as they can discredit Trump and bring down conservatives a few notches, they’ve done their good deed for the day.  They will do the same thing, day-in and day-out, non-stop.

The liberal media is just garnering more distrust for themselves each day. Seems like a hopeless case in the mainstream news media today. We cannot fix this problem overnight.

If you’re interested in becoming a journalist, I would suggest getting a proper education.  Go to a conservative journalism school (Yes, conservative).  We need to counter-balance the one-sided messed-up media.  Get a job as a journalist at some liberal media if they’re willing to hire you… or at Fox and friends… or become part of a start-up news media organization.

Influence the mainstream media one journalist at a time. As conservatives, we need to take small incremental steps to make positive changes. It will take decades to reverse this leftist media-bias.  This mess didn’t happen overnight and it will not be reversed overnight either.

Sex Abuse in Southern Baptist Churches

No one likes airing one’s own dirty laundry.  There is plenty of dirty laundry to be aired.  A scandal ising erupt in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Sexual abuse is currently being reported by the Houston Chronicle, a 3-part series titled Abuse of Faith (February 2019) (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

It’s no longer just the Roman Catholic Church taking the brunt of the criticisms.  Southern Baptist congregations are also guilty of sexual abuse of children and youth. Some of the names involve prominent SBC leaders, pastors, and involve some lay-leaders, volunteers, and deacons.

There is no stopping at just youth pastors and deacons and volunteer laypersons. This report reveals seminary presidents and SBC leaders, and pastors of large congregations who are guilty.

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This article reveals hideous sins within the SBC churches that will undoubtedly heap shame and guilt upon Southern Baptists. Baptists and evangelicals pride themselves on holiness and piety. We think of ourselves as living out the Christian lifestyle.  Underneath the veneer of Church-ianity, there is still sin that is common to all human beings. I hope all baptists can realize our own hypocrisy and confess our sins.

In May of last year, Patterson was ousted as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth after he said he wanted to meet alone with a female student who said she was raped so he could “break her down,” according to a statement from seminary trustees.

But his handling of sexual abuse dates back decades. Several women have said that Patterson ignored their claims that his ex-protégé, Darrell Gilyard, assaulted them at Texas churches in the 1980s; some of those allegations were detailed in a 1991 Dallas Morning News article.

The Gilyard case bothered Debbie Vasquez. She feared other victims had been ignored or left to handle their trauma alone.

When Vasquez became pregnant, she said, leaders of her church forced her to stand in front of the congregation and ask for forgiveness without saying who had fathered the child.

She said church members were generally supportive but were never told the child was their pastor’s. Church leadership shunned her, asked her to get an abortion and, when she said no, threatened her and her child, she said. She moved abroad soon after.

Pastors can be abused by the congregations. Yes. But church members can also be abused by pastors, deacons, elders and lay-leader/volunteers.  Every person in church leadership need to be held accountable.  Background police checks probably don’t catch every sex offender.  These checks only catch registered sex offenders but those who have never been caught will slip through the cracks undetected.

Harvey Rosenstock, a psychiatrist in Houston worked for decades with victims and perpetrators of clergy sexual abuse. He describes how clergy use their power to abuse children and youth:

“If someone is identified as a man of God, then there are no holds barred,” he said. “Your defense system is completely paralyzed. This man is speaking with the voice of God. … So a person who is not only an authority figure, but God’s servant, is telling you this is between us, this is a special relationship, this has been sanctioned by the Lord. That allows a young victim to have almost zero defenses. Totally vulnerable.”

As clergy, we have influence that causes a power imbalance, especially with the vulnerable.  Young children, youth and young people are susceptible to being taken advantage of by people in authority.  Women can also hold a power imbalance too so we must not take our positions for granted.  I hope our churches becomes more self-aware and corrects this imbalance through a system of checks and balances.