A Grandfather and Married Men Among 600+ Adult Men Arrested for Pedophilia in UK Major Child Porn Crackdown – parenthood is not a guarantee a person will be more ethical

A Grandfather and Married Men Among 600+ Adult Men Arrested for Pedophilia in UK Major Child Porn Crackdown – parenthood is not a guarantee a person will be more ethical

UK Legal Crackdown: married men and a grandfather among the 600+ perverts arrested for child porn (links farther below)

This echoes a previous post I did over a year ago about another child sex crackdown by police, and out of the however many men arrested, several were MARRIED FATHERS.

That’s right, sometimes married people, or people who are parents, do bad things, including molesting children.

If you are new to this blog and not familiar with Southern Baptist, Reformed, Fundamentalist, or evangelical views about family, marriage, parenthood, singleness, and sex, you may find that a very odd statement.

Of course married parents can and do bad things, just like anyone else, you are thinking.

I know that. You know that.

But unfortunately there are stereotypes about married people and parents (and adult singles) among conservative Christians. Namely, that marriage and parenting automatically bestow (or some may teach it may take a matter of years) wonderful qualities on a person, such as maturity, responsibility, godliness, and makes a person far less likely to engage in sexual sin.

Conversely, married Christians assume that all or most adult singles (including Christian ones, and ones who are also childless), are (pick one or more from the list):
immature, stuck in arrested development, losers, selfish, ungodly, highly promiscuous (or more easily enticed by sexual sin, or more prone to sexual sin), irresponsible, untrustworthy, suspicious, homosexual, or weird.

Never mind the Bible does not teach that being married or a parent instantly sanctifies a person (sanctification is a work of the Holy Spirit), nor does the Bible teach that singlehood is an inferior, or less godly state of being, than marriage.

Most Christians do not care that these stereotypes are unbiblical, insulting, and false. Some of them actually assume the Bible supports all or most of these ideas. So they continue to keep and spread the stereotypes in books, blogs, podcasts, their TV shows, sermons, and magazines.

Christians often only permit MARRIED MEN WHO ARE FATHERS to serve in positions of influence and responsibility in churches, even though the Bible does not support this ((Link): here is one post about this).

Several of the Bible verses married Christians used to back up their biases against single adults are twisted to support prejudice against singles. The Bible does not explicitly limit certain leadership roles to married parents.

As such news stories of married fathers who get caught doing things like molesting children attest, marriage and parenthood do not necessarily make a person more loving, ethical, or godly. Here’s another example below.

At this time, I am still googling around to find out how many of the men caught in this police sting are married fathers. So far I have found one example of a GRANDFATHER who was caught.

(Link): Child abuse image investigation leads to 660 arrests

    16 July 2014 Last updated at 13:18 ET

    … The National Crime Agency (NCA) said among the 660 were teachers, medical staff, former police officers, a social services worker and scout leader.

    … Examples of those arrested include:

    -A doctor, who has been charged and remains in custody over images of child abuse

    -A grandfather who had access to 17 grandchildren, two of whom were allegedly abuse by the man. He was taken into custody

    -A foster carer, who was caring for a 12-year-old, was arrested. He had no previous convictions or allegations of offending

    Notable arrests by job/voluntary position

    Teachers: 6
    School workers: 4
    Police staff: 2
    Medical staff: 2
    Ex-police officers: 2
    Social services staff: 1
    Private sector working with children: 1
    Scout leader: 1

(Link): Almost 50 suspected paedophiles arrested in child abuse crackdown

Excerpts:

    All those arrested were male, white north European and aged between 14 and 70.

    Detectives revealed that several men were married and some had children of their own.

    Those children are now subject to child safeguarding arrangements with partner agencies, the force said.

(Link): National Crime Agency arrests hundreds in online child abuse sting

Excerpt:

    16 Jul 2014 by Jamie Hinks
    The NCA arrested a total of 660 people that includes people from all walks of life such as doctors, teachers, scout leaders, former police officers and care workers, and most of them had no previous contact with the police.

(Link): Arrests made in major sex crime crackdown

    Suspected paedophiles have been arrested as part of a major sex crime crackdown.

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) has said that 660 have been arrested across Britain including 22 in the Westcountry.

    The six-month operation targeted Internet users who access child abuse images but has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

    Among the several hundred people arrested across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are workers who had access to children through their jobs and had no previous contact with police.

    The massive investigation, involving 45 police forces, led to hundreds of children being “safeguarded”, the NCA said. It stressed that none of those arrested is a serving or former MP or member of the Government.

    The NCA said suspects include doctors, teachers, Scout leaders, care workers and former police officers. In total, only 39 registered sex offenders are among those arrested.

(Link): Britain’s paedophile problem ‘shocks’ NCA boss

    The scale of the paedophile problem in Britain has shocked Phil Gormley, the deputy director general of the National Crime Agency.

    … The country-wide investigation identified 431 children who were in the “care, custody or control” of the suspects, including 127 who were deemed to be at immediate risk of harm.

(Link): Britain arrests hundreds of suspected pedophiles

    Henry Chu
    6:50 a.m. CDT, July 16, 2014

    Reporting from London—
    In a massive national dragnet, British police have arrested more than 600 suspected pedophiles who allegedly accessed pornographic images of children on the Internet, authorities said Wednesday.

    … Those arrested include doctors, lawyers, caregivers and former police officers, according to Britain’s National Crime Agency. Of the 660 suspects, 39 were known sex offenders.

    The arrests culminated a six-month investigation involving 45 different law-enforcement agencies across Britain.

    … One extremely popular children’s entertainer on the BBC, the late Jimmy Savile, is now believed to have abused more than 1,000 people, many of them minors, by using his celebrity and his charity work in hospitals to get access to victims. Revelations of the extent of Savile’s misdeeds helped force the resignation in 2012 of the head of the BBC after he was on the job for just a few weeks.

    … Spurred by constant coverage of abuse in the tabloids, Britons reserve a special level of odium for pedophiles, with some people calling for the death penalty for offenders, even though the country has not practiced capital punishment for decades. In 2000, a doctor was driven from her home in Wales by vandals who sprayed graffiti on her house after confusing her job title, “pediatrician,” with “pedophile.”

    …The wave of arrests announced Wednesday has already resulted in some charges being brought, ranging from possession of child pornography to sexual assault.

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Related posts:

(Link): Family as “The” Backbone of Society? – It’s Not In The Bible

(Link): The ol’ Christian myth that married couples are impervious to sexual sin but singles have lots of sexual sin

(Link): Parenthood Does Not Make People More Loving Mature Godly Ethical Caring or Responsible (One Stop Thread) Confronting Refuting Correcting Rebutting Christian Propaganda Arguments Stereotypes About Parenting Parenthood

(Link): You May Be Surprised How Many Born-Again Christians Use Ashley Madison (web site for married cheaters); story from Huffington Post

(Link): Married Couple Almost Starve Adopted 8 Year Old To Death – you don’t have to achieve perfection or sinlessness before God will send you a spouse

(Link): Lists of More Married Preachers Arrested for Being Rapists or Child Molesters

(Link): Married Christians Who Were Arrested for Rape, Attempted Murder, or Other Crimes – more examples

(Link): Stereotypes Against Singles Refuted Series: Married IFB Preacher Arrested for Being Serial Rapist

(Link): Update on Married Father Who Worked as Christian Radio Host And Who Rapes Children