...no good would come from sending Kelly to prison for his sins.Apparently this wasn't the good 'ol reverens fault, according to his attorney it was the work of evil forces trying to discredit the church and undo all of the "good" that this pastor has done for the community. Right! I guess the victim; in this case a 13 year old little girl is expendable in the minds of these people, including the judge since he only gave him 6 months and 3 years probation rather than the 30 year penalty. What is going on when people would rather defend the guilty than the innocent and most vulnerable among us? Maybe this guy has done some "good" in a relative sense but defending such an act is appalling to say the least. As Tonyaa Weathersbee of BlackAmericaWeb.com comments:
First of all, young black girls –– especially those between the ages of nine and 12 –– are more frequently the victims of sexual abuse than white girls in that age range. By going to bat for the preacher instead of for his victim, the congregants did nothing to thwart that pattern.Of course that isn't the point right? It is more important to not let another one of our men go to jail. We've got to protect and coddle the black man and keep him out of harms way, right? Even if it means looking the other way when he does wrong. Not!
Weathersbee then goes on to make a very interesting and revealing point regarding the absence of the father?
It was also criminal that no father spoke to defend his daughter’s honor as her mother was making her mealy-mouthed defense of her child’s rapist.Absolutely amazing! My guess is that there was no father around to make such a case which is probably why and how this happened in the first place. The absence of a father in the home raising this young girl. The preacher steps in and fills the void, even if it is in a perverted fashion. This should be a clear indicator to those of us who are real Christians that the role of the male and the father in particular is of the utmost importance in our society and on a smaller scale, within the family unit. I've heard many conservatives comment about how the government stepped in and replaced the father in the home with a welfare check, well, in addition, many preachers, especially black preachers, came along for the ride and replaced the marital relationship with a perverted, emotional religion. One that only serves to manipulate women into doing what he wants them to do. A religion that strokes the egos and stokes the flames of insecurity among the church-going female.
I can speak from personal experience that this is nothing new and has been happening for many years. I've been a part of several churches where the ministers were literally molesting the young female congregation, many of them up until adulthood. One truth is always consistent in every situation, those women who are abused by these so called pillers of the community find it extremely difficult to get over such betrayal, and many never do. I gaurantee you the 13 year old that was molested by this pastor will carry this scar in her conscience for the rest of her life. She will never be the same again.
Black people will continue to suffer as a community as long as they continue to embrace immorality in this manner. Especially within the black church, there needs to be a zero tolerance for this type of behavior among pastors and leaders of the community.
I pray that the Lord's mercy be upon that little girl.