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Remember Alicia Gray?

Posted on | January 26, 2014 | 13 Comments

Sure, you remember: She’s the Alabama teacher who got caught boinking a 14-year-old boy and then, through her church, released a YouTube video admitting that, hey, boinking 14-year-olds is wrong.

As if being subjected to harsh sarcasm (and also sentenced to jail) weren’t punishment enough, Alicia Gray’s video attracted the attention of Liberty University law professor Boz Tchividjian, who says her “responses clearly demonstrate that most child sexual offenders are extremely self-serving and dangerously manipulative”:

  1. The “I’m just not that person anymore” response: This is when offenders claim that they have recently “accepted Jesus” and are not the same person that committed the sexual offense.
  2. The “I understand” response:  Sexual offenders often attempt to convince others that they understand the harm that they have caused to the victim.
  3. The “I was inappropriate” response:  Sexual offenders often label their abuse in non-abusive language in order to minimize the gravity of their offense.
  4. The “I am the victim” response:  Sex offenders often attempt to gain sympathy by portraying themselves as a victim of their own weaknesses and struggles.
  5. The “make the victim feel guilty” response:  Within the church, it is not uncommon for perpetrators (and others) to infer that the trauma victims experience as a result of the abuse is due to their own spiritual weaknesses.

Read the whole thing. Narcissism and self-pity — the sense that they are entitled to your sympathy — are at the core of the messed-up personality of people like this. Alicia Gray wants people to think that, despite her actions, she is really a nice person who just made a mistake. Of course, that “mistake” involved her 28-year-old mouth and a 14-year-old boy’s penis, but who are we to judge?

The attitude of complete non-judgmentalism urged upon us by liberals is tantamount to moral irresponsibility. Sure, the church exists to minister to sinners, but there is a clear line between that ministry and offering easy absolution for grievous wrongs.

My “ministry,” such as it is, involves a lot of harsh sarcasm.

Many are called, but few are chosen . . .

(Hat-tips: Wartburg Watch and S.J. Reidhead on Twitter.)



13 Responses to “Remember Alicia Gray?”

  1. K-Bob
    January 26th, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

    Those all sound like Hillary in her “testimony” in front of congress.

    In fact, I’m guessing barack’s SOTU will have several forms of these excuses disguised as gilding the lily.

  2. robertstacymccain
    January 26th, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

    “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

  3. Adjoran
    January 26th, 2014 @ 11:32 pm

    My personal favorite was from her “pink dress” interview shortly after Bill was elected. There were a lot of Whitewater questions swirling about, she was in it up to her neck, so they trotted her out in a pink business dress to take questions. I was surprised she didn’t pass out home-baked cookies to the reporters at the start.

    But one question came up about some allegation that hadn’t been brought up before, I can’t remember the specifics, but Hillary shot back, “There’s been no evidence of that” with a curt, dismissive tone.

    NOT, “That’s false” or “I never did that” or “I’m innocent,” but only that there was no evidence, as if she had personally burned it all.

    To me, that is Hillary Clinton in a nutshell.

  4. Adjoran
    January 26th, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

    I’ve always tried to remind folks in these cases that a sudden religious conversion is often like a life-line to a miscreant who has been unmasked, but the real test isn’t some teary-eyed speech with a clergyman at their side, but how they live from then on.

    AND that repentance squares you with Jesus, not with John Law. A truly repentant and changed person will humbly accept their punishment as just, and serve their time with quiet dignity.

  5. Adjoran
    January 26th, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

    “Remember Alicia Gray?”

    “I dunno, could you ask her to turn around, please?”

  6. concern00
    January 27th, 2014 @ 1:10 am

    Personal responsibility trumps the victim card. This crap simply needs to stop.

  7. K-Bob
    January 27th, 2014 @ 1:15 am
  8. MattRoss
    January 27th, 2014 @ 2:55 am

    I used to argue that sarcasm was a spiritual gift, no one has agreed with me, until now.

  9. Jeanette Victoria
    January 27th, 2014 @ 6:25 am

    Shades of the FreeKate gang. Now wait shades of the default mind set these days

  10. Matt_SE
    January 27th, 2014 @ 9:24 am

    First the lefties criminalize judging others…or at least themselves. Then they try to push the envelope ever farther.

    America needs more judgmentalism.

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  13. BLBeamer
    January 27th, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

    Oh, this precious snowflake made “selfish decisions” because she was “insecure”.

    And it is so wonderful that she no longer feels any shame. We wouldn’t want Little Miss Got-Off-Easy to feel any shame.

    The lunkhead pastor claims her statement to the judge was “the Gospel.” No, Brother Wyatt. I listened to her entire statement. There was no Gospel message, just a Monty Python-esque “Let’s not bicker and argue over who f***ed who. Let’s just keep our minds focused on the fact I no longer feel any shame. Oh, and I hope someday the victim will get over it. But isn’t it awesome that I can go to a church for six years and not hear a word that was taught (I was insecure, don’t you know) but once I proved myself to be a reprobate, they let me preach ‘the Gospel’.” I’m paraphrasing a little.