Protestant churches are banning abuse victims from working for them

I’ll admit that, for a number of reasons, I’m not particularly fond of organized religion. I consider myself an agnostic with slight transcendental leanings, but I don’t have a problem with other people believing whatever they want as long as their beliefs or practices do not infringe on the rights of others. But let’s be honest: religions have a long history of oppressing others, usually minorities of one sort or another. Well, now some Protestant churches can add sexual abuse victims to the group of minorities they are oppressing, in this case by refusing to hire them as church employees. This traces back to the common misconception that many abuse victims are destined to become abusers themselves. Perhaps there is a slightly elevated risk that sexual abuse victims—particularly male sexual abuse victims—may go on to become abusers, but does it warrant discrimination against victims across the board? I think this is a horrible trend, so let’s hope it’s a short-lived one. You can read a more in-depth article about it at the Daily Beast:

Abused? You Can’t Work at These Churches

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