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Friday, April 01, 2005

Rev Graham Capill

The news today that Rev Graham Capill was the hitherto “name suppressed” accused person in a child molestation case came as a shock. It should not have been a shock but it was.

Like a number of commentators on other sites, my heart goes out to the little girl who was molested and to her family; to Mr Capill’s wife and family; to all the homosexual people who feel assaulted themselves because of this man’s vitriolic condemnation of them over the years; to all committed Christians, fundamentalists, middle grounders and liberals alike, who struggle to reconcile Mr Capill’s actions with the position of trust he held in his Church and in his political party and, of course, to Mr Graham Capill himself, for whom the public shaming of it all, irrespective of any sentence, will render his anguish far greater than that of a less public person. .

Other commentators with far more political experience and knowledge than mine doubtless will dissect this profoundly sad episode and its implications for the political characters of the day. Suffice it for me to say I have always thought it wrong for a Church to overtly and aggressively dabble in politics. Churchmen or women who have the inclination by all means should enter politics but the Church itself should keep out.

The reason today’s news should not have been a shock is that I have been around Church administration long enough to know that Ministers of religion are no more or less human than anyone else. In fact Christians are no more or less human, frail, vulnerable to temptation than non-Christians. Some of us might try a little harder but at the end of the day we have no special “mantle of betterness” denied to the fellow who has never darkened the door. What we do have is a faith and belief in a very special personal spiritual being - but hang on, I am not here to stuff religion down your throats.

Many Church people will feel deeply hurt and betrayed by these events. Anti Christian prejudices held by non Christians will be reinforced. Reality is that both will be wrong. For those who find it easy to rush to judgement of others, I hope today’s revelations will help them pause and take stock. Remember, “There, but for the Grace of God, go I.”

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 4/01/2005 02:28:00 PM

6 Comments:

Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Nice column.

4/01/2005 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Well said.

4/01/2005 07:36:00 PM  
Blogger gazzadelsud said...

sorry, simply can't agree. This person sought to present himself as a moral arbiter, and chose to molest a little girl while doing so.

If you are going to seek leadership opportunities, you have an absolute OBLIGATION to behave ethically, particularly in the area you sought to lead on. This is why its particularly bad when, say, auditors, start fiddling the books.

anybody can choose not to be a kiddy fiddler (how can this even be a temptation for gods sake!). BUT, if your choosen hobby is to molest kids, its very unwise to also be an advocate of moral standards.

Its really quite simple. He took advantage of his position. He is a fraud and a hypocrite and no, absolutely not is this a case of "there but for the grace of god go i"

There is no special christian defence for this crime.

BY definition, you put yourself forward as a christian leader, you better damn well live up to a few standards.

There are far to many bigots, rapists and kiddy molesters hiding in organised religion - wonder why? perhaps because well meaning people like you are prepared to make excuses for them.

4/02/2005 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger gazzadelsud said...

ps., like the blog, its looking good.

4/02/2005 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Gazzsa, you're welcome to disagree. I was not so much trying to make excuses for Capill as to suggest no one is perfect. Everything you say about him is correct.

Thanks for your positive comments on the blog. This is very much uncharted territory for me, having never before written for public consumption.

4/02/2005 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Well its being read widely now - I got Farrar to put it on his list of Capill links.

4/02/2005 04:16:00 PM  

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