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3 years ago#1
Couldn't make this stuff up:

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-02-10/story/duval-court-hearing-no-kids-now-church-where-sex-offender-preaches

Thoughts? I actually don't mind that they're keeping kids out of church ;)
3 years ago#2
Link won't load. :(

But yeah they shouldn't have stopped at kids. Teens and adults should be banned from that church as well.
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3 years ago#3
I'm all for people redeeming themselves. But I think maybe his livelihood shouldn't keep kids from being able to enter a place they normally would.
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3 years ago#8
To an idiot, maybe.
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3 years ago#9
This seems more a legal issue than a religious one. Only religious aspect is that it's happening in a church.

Still, since we're talking about it, it does bring up an inconsistency in our justice system. If this guy is such a danger that we can't let kids sit in on his sermons, why isn't he still in jail? Conversely, if he's reformed enough to be let out of jail, why do we have to keep kids away from him even in very public and supervised situations?

There's clearly a disconnect between the parole board and public consensus.
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3 years ago#10
kozlo100 posted...
This seems more a legal issue than a religious one. Only religious aspect is that it's happening in a church.

Still, since we're talking about it, it does bring up an inconsistency in our justice system. If this guy is such a danger that we can't let kids sit in on his sermons, why isn't he still in jail? Conversely, if he's reformed enough to be let out of jail, why do we have to keep kids away from him even in very public and supervised situations?

There's clearly a disconnect between the parole board and public consensus.


Agreed. It's a very grey issue; should known sexual offenders be allowed to be given positions with easy access to the people for whom they were convicted? Or shouldn't they, and they should be banned from any such position despite them possibly being truly rehabilitated? Usually the argument goes for the former based on statistical recidivism rates (up to 46% recidivism for convicted rapists...). But that doesn't resolve the issue; what would be the acceptable recidivism rates to accept previous offenders into these positions?

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/rpr94.pdf
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