There was much hand-wringing this morning over whether or not a "sex offender" should be allowed to attend church.
First of all, let me say that "sex offender" is a much more broad term than most probably think. If you flashed someone. If you were 19 and had sex with your 17-year-old girl or boyfriend.
This guy, as it turned out, had some child porn on his computer. Disgusting, yes. But this guy has decided, presumably, that he wants to find God and a minister from the Church would be with him at all times while he was there.
But all the morning show hosts were appalled (and they are entitled to their opinions) ... but what really stuck out at me was Gretchen Carleson's (and I love ya, Gretchen, but seriously) she asked why the church would want to take on this responsibility?
Are we that disconnected with what religion, especially Christianity teaches about fallen man and redemption? Why would a Church want to take on the responsibility of helping someone redeem his soul? If you have to ask that question ... you're either not thinking clearly or you're no Christian. With Gretchen, I'm sure it's the first.
Child pornography is understandably a big bugaboo. But it shouldn't prevent you from thinking clearly through things. I mean, either lock the guy up forever or execute him if you really feel that way. Outside of that, what do you propose we do with them? In this guy's case, he apparently was a consumer and not a producer. He was convicted, he did time, he's on probation -- and people want the State to enforce keeping him from going to Church under the constant watch and supervision of a Church chaperon?
Ultimately, it's up to the Church. Nobody's forcing the Church to take him, and nobody's forcing anyone to go to that Church if they disagree with the decision. Maybe he should have private meetings with the minister and be kept away from the general congregation for the duration of his probation. It's a matter best left to the Church and the Congregation. Not the State.