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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 14, 2018

Reflections on #MeToo

By Jim Turner | Feb 08, 2018

To the editor:

The “Me Too” era of our nation’s cultural history is a good thing all in all. It reminds all of us that with the growth of awareness, and as the truth is revealed, about all the ways women have been abused, harassed, and assaulted in our history, we need to be more sensitive and understanding. Not just to the victims of abuse but to the women we see everyday, work with, live with and communicate with every day.

The truth is that virtually every female has been subjected to some form of harassment at some point in their lives; sexual and otherwise. To see the truth and finally be told about it is in some ways a relief to these women. But it is also a reminder, sometimes a painful reminder, of their own experiences with abuse and harassment. We must be sensitive at this time as more of the truth is revealed. We must also be careful not to rush to judgement. Unfortunately, this situation can be exploited by some who seek revenge, who are vindictive and hostile, but also hope to benefit financially or in some other way in this charged environment.

We must be patient. Let the facts emerge and know that the truth will come out eventually. But in the meantime, the benefit of the doubt must go to the women who have faced abuse, harassment, and assault for so long, and have suffered privately.

While it seems unfair to categorize abuse, I think we can all agree that abuse of children is the most egregious example. And that many of the women who need our sensitivity and understanding were victims of abuse at an early age. The time when abuse is most destructive and difficult to understand. The betrayal of trust – and the memory of it – can be the most damaging experience and the most difficult to recover from.

While it may seem that life as we know it is worse than ever in this 21st century, we must remember that the darkest hour is just before the dawn. When the light of truth can be seen on the horizon, the darkness – however slowly – will someday disappear.

 

– Jim Turner, Fairfield

Comments (2)
Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Feb 13, 2018 17:43

Since the news media was at one time talking about abuse of boys at Penn State, let's have that discussion. First of all, the American Medical Association no longer recommends circumcision but they are hardly a credible organization in my opinion since it was not that many years ago that they were recommending sterilization of boys in reformatories and eugenics was fashionable as late as 1964. If circumcision prevents sexually transmitted disease why do we still have so much of it? It is about hygiene and lifestyle. It is a Federal offense to circumcise girls but it is done routinely to boys. Is it that women don't transmit sexual disease? I personally don't believe that God created foreskin in order for it to be mutilated. The practice goes back to the Old Testament. Jesus came into this world so that we would be justified by his death and sacrifice so that we no longer had to observe the laws of the Old Testament including rituals of sacrificing the lamb at the alter or circumcision. That is the entire point of Christianity and many Christians still don't get it.

The Book of Galatians

2:15-16

 

"We who are Jews by birth and not 'Gentile sinners' know that a man is not justified by observing the law of circumcision, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law of circumcision, because by observing the law of circumcision no one will be justified."



Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Feb 13, 2018 18:07

If you want to talk about abuse, I don't know how you can not talk about the number of women you have abortions each year.



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