NOTE: This article has been slightly modified since I first posted it late last night.
Actually, I never knew Marty Braemer, and I'm not about to beat up on him, even when, if ever, all the facts are in. I've resolved to tread lightly.
Yes, I haven't slightest idea why Marty Braemer resigned from his church, but judging from the comments under the last article I wrote about Braemer, and the current thread at the FFF, it sounds like something that might be serious. . .or not.
Still, with the somber tone of that FFF thread, I can't help but contemplate the following:
First I championed my former English teacher, Tom Bennet, then, this year, learned he was wanted by the Feds.
Then I championed Jeri Massi, who disappointed with lies, exaggeration, and a judgmental attitude no different than the fundamentalists she rails against.
And now, after changing my tune on Marty Braemer, am hearing that maybe my enthusiasm might be misplaced.
You know what?
I don't care.
I have spoken with child advocates who will suffer the most ridiculous arguments under the rationalization that 'few are speaking about this, so we'll just accept bad behavior'.
Yeah, when I was with the fundamentalists, we agreed certain things must be kept under wraps 'for the good of the church'.
When I was with the Humanists, I was told we don't really mention the cruelty of the late Madalyn Murray O'hair, or the racism of the late James Hervey Johnson, whose foundation funds many freethought projects to this day, because of how the religionists would interpret it.
And when I was championing the survivors of clergy abuse, I felt encouraged to look the other way at the cruelty of other so-called 'child advocates' since few addressed this issue.
I'm sick of cover ups, no matter how righteous the rationalization sounds.
I'm not going to wax self righteous. I'll wait for all the info to come in, but I'm not going to judge either.
It's not my place.
You (and 'you' know who you are) are the ones who keep putting men, or your vain rationalizations that justify cruelty, on a pedestal.
As one who has been 'exposed' time and again, and sometimes even helped my own expose in the name of 'fair disclosure' and 'clearing the air', I can tell you it's not fun being on the receiving end of judgement by the hypocritical self righteous.
Let us not be gleeful, or act gleeful, or act like we're enjoying it, when the so called 'righteous' fall. After all, the next person being exposed might be you.
Besides, he might have just resigned for the reason so many of us have resigned our jobs: the prospect of better opportunities.