” In the paper, the headline was “Christians Who Shield O’Reilly.”
The pull quote was “Evangelical leaders tend to resist taking sexual assault claims seriously.” Christianity Today editor-at-large Katelyn Beaty lectured:
Institutions plagued by sexual assault scandals tend to look alike: They are usually insular organizations that resist external checks and revolve around authoritative men.
This characterization fits Fox News, which recently fired its host Bill O’Reilly after sexual harassment allegations against him (and pressure from advertisers) mounted.
But it is also applies to the white evangelical Christian community. This group is not a monolith, but its social hierarchy often functions like the military, a university or private business. It’s not a coincidence that conservative evangelical leaders tend to resist taking harassment and assault claims seriously....
Within the ranks of conservative church leadership, this default empathy for powerful men is coupled with tone deafness for victims.
Beaty began by citing Christian radio host Eric Metaxas tweeting: “The news about Bill O'Reilly is tremendously sad. His fairness, boldness & radical commonsense on the show have been a blessing to millions.Read more at NewsBusters