Posted on | February 17, 2015 | 52 Comments
The liberal media generally ignore sex scandals unless they involve a Republican politician or a Catholic priest, so maybe you didn’t hear about Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, the Illinois imam who allegedly perpetrated “decades of assault and child sex abuse . . . within the community of Indian and Pakistani Muslim immigrants.”
Does this reveal a “war on women”? Is there a “rape culture” among Muslims? Of course not! Saleem is not a Catholic priest or a Republican politician — he’s not even a college fraternity member — and therefore his alleged perversion is entirely random.
The same is true of Tony Jones, a leader of the “Emergent Church” movement that embraces postmodern progressivism: “In 2010 Jones encouraged Minnesota clergy to stop performing legal marriages, as a show of solidarity with LGBT people who could not be legally married in the state at that time.” This heretical theology appears to be a sort of hipster universalism, salt that has lost its savor (Matthew 5:13) and has become “conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2).
Tony Jones became a progressive religious celebrity, touring like a rock star on the “emergent” speaking circuit while his marriage was falling apart. If we are to believe the allegations of his ex-wife, Julie McMahon, Tony Jones developed a pornography habit and “starting in 2007, Mr. Jones began asking her repeatedly for sexual behaviors she found repellent, including anal sex.” Of course, this is the progressive gospel of “emergent” theology: “Thou shalt watch porn and do it in the butt.”
Documents relating to the Jones-McMahon divorce depict Jones as a manipulative narcissist who, in order to justify his own behavior, resorted to “gaslighting” his wife, accusing her of mental illness. He threatened to sue her for defamation if she went public about his affair with his mistress, whom he subsequently married. You can call that whatever you want, but you can’t call it Christian leadership.
As with the Chicago imam, however, the misbehavior of a progressive pastor is just random. Such scandals are never part of a “pattern of abuse” that journalists can use to indict entire institutions like the Catholic church or the Republican Party. It’s like sexual harassment by atheist men — nothing to see here, move along.