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Why Does Religious Orthodoxy Attract Predators?

Because the stated ideology is anti-questioning and pro-trust.  If you were a creature who preyed on the innocent you would rationally seek out such a group.

Another way of putting the same point: if such groups take as the cost of entry the sacrifice of reason, by requiring prospective members to subscribe to a patently untrue doctrine (e.g. the word-for-word accuracy of the Torah, the unique divinity of Jesus, our descent from reincarnated Thetans) they filter out any members disposed to use their minds to question authority, leaving only those predisposed to accept what powerful authority figures say blindly.  This population is ripe for abuse as it has been stripped of its social immune system, so to speak.

Religious groups that were not authoritarian will tend to become authoritarian as they encounter modern science and all the members who are disposed to question leave.

[This is a response to the recent scandal about the prominent Washington D.C. Rabbi Freundel who video-taped women bathing in a ritual bath without their knowledge.]

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7 thoughts on “Why Does Religious Orthodoxy Attract Predators?

  1. patriot says:

    what has this got to do with the D.C. rabbi.
    you don’t actually believe sexual abuse is a religious problem, do you.

    • Thanks for your comment! In answer to your question, yes I do. When religions teach uncritical acceptance of doctrines they make people more vulnerable to predators like Rabbi Freundel.

  2. It’s shameful to read about the more insular communities who protect sexual predators. I heard it said that the more holy (i.e. separate) a people, or place, the more suseptible to impurity. But does Orthodoxy really have more sexual predators, maybe Orthodoxy just has its sexual predators like every other group?

  3. Mikey says:

    Anti-questioning and pro-trust is the atmosphere which children thrive in. These same institutions provide so much protection, identity and security for the same people they threaten – children and other mentally vulnerable people. What is the solution? The Sunday Assembly is a new church which is pro-questioning. How should it create an atmosphere which children can appreciate – strong stories, shared identity, clear moral compass – without becoming anti-questioning?

      • Mikey says:

        It is good, but it’s young. So it has problems related to that. One of them is that it’s been made by young adults, so it’s not really focussed on children, but lots of those young adults have children, so they bring them. There doesn’t seem to be a standard accepted way to indoctrinate children with good morals etc without religion and religious stories.

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