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Should Coulda Equal Didda? January 16, 2012

Posted by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus in Uncategorized.
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I’d like to address one of the comments that appeared in response to my article, phrased as a question, posed by someone named Kristi Stebleton Hunt.  As part of her failing effort to prop up the charges against Hephzibah House, she asked the question,

“You don’t believe a man of God could be capable of abuse?”
 
Well, the obvious answer to this question is “Yes.”  Anyone “could” be capable of abuse.  Kristi Stebleton Hunt herself could be capable of abuse.  We all have sin natures, whether Christian nor not, that can be susceptible to temptation and which, given the wrong circumstances and the wrong heart and mindset, could be acted upon to lead us into the vilest of sins.  That’s why there is (or at least should be) such emphasis in Christianity against worldliness and self-indulgence and for keeping our hearts with all diligence. 
 
However, the question as it was posed by Mrs. Hunt, in context, is nevertheless a deceptive one, perhaps unintentionally, as it is based on false premises and the same sort of ungodly way of thinking that has largely driven the accusations against HH to date.
 
As the questions seems to have been framed, the obvious responses that are intended to be elicited are either “Why no, a man of God could NEVER be capable of abuse” or “Why yes, he (in this case, Ron Williams) can be,” with the unspoken assumption being “…and therefore WAS guilty of abuse.”  The first response would obviously be ridiculous, as many pastors and others in Christian schools, etc. have been guilty of abusive sins (as have, let’s not forget, public school teachers, secular coaches, public school bus drivers, workers in secular child care institutions, and so forth).  The second response, however, is the really deceptive one, because it relies on the sliding assumption that because someone “could” possibly, potentially, conceivably be guilty, that they therefore ARE.  Which is obviously not a wise assumption to make. 
 
The third option is that while somebody “could” be guilty of something, that they are not so.  If you want to actually be able to say that they ARE, then you have to provide actual evidence, instead of just opining that they COULD BE.  Given the lack of evidence for the actual claims of the “Hephzibah Haters,” this is the only rational choice that can be made about the accusations against Hephzibah House and Ron Williams, given what we know at present.
 
However, the sliding assumption is the one that the HH accusers have been making so far, and have been encouraging their sycophants to make as well, which (again) makes their credibility questionable.  Whenever someone, such as myself, proposes the “third way,” they are demonised and, for lack of a better term, screeched at.  These are not, however, suitable replacements for logic and reason.   Again – it’s a matter of having to prove guilt before the assumption of innocence can be dispensed with.   Our legal system rests on “innocent until proven guilty” (even though, unfortunately, this principle sometimes falls by the wayside when abuse claims come before it).  I mean, murder is a much more serious crime than even child abuse, and our legal system rigourously tries to prevent innocent people from being falsely convicted of murder.  Why should it be different for lesser crimes?
 
Simply put, the general fact that somebody “could” be guilty of something does not make them guilty of it.  The conceivable and the concrete are not coincident.  To assume otherwise is to be acting contrary to God’s standards of guilt-determination and righteousness.
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1. steve - January 16, 2012

Continue the great work, our Lord will bless you for it.

2. Nadek - January 16, 2012

Thank you Mr. Dunkin for taking the time to do this. It is much needed and not too many are willing to “stick their neck out” as you have to defend HH. God bless you and Thank you!

3. Susan Grotte - January 16, 2012

….except that Ron Williams IS guilty of abuse. I am a witness to criminal conduct behind the walls and fences of Hephzibah House. Every woman who spent time behind those walls has a right to tell her story.
The wheels of justice turn slowly Mr Dunkin. I am sure you are not really trying to stifle free speech and the right of the people to bring their grievances to a public forum.
I am sure you are not pleased that these accusations are being made against a person you so clearly admire. If Ron Williams feels he is being slandered and defamed he can always file a tort against the girls of Hepzibah House. Please? Discovery alone would be very helpful.
I am sure you remember, the truth is an iron clad defense against defamation suits.

In Christ Alone,
Susan Grotte Hephzibah House 1981-1983

Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus - January 18, 2012

Hi Susan,

Thanks for stopping by. Frankly, if I were Ron Williams and HH, I’d have sued you all long ago, but I suspect that there is an improper application of I Corinthians 6:1-8 going on more than anything else.

Again, the point I made in my article applies – if you all really had anything, you’d have had no problem getting the police, state agencies, etc. involved. Nobody outside your circle of fellow accusers really buys the conspiracy theory about Ron Williams having the government of the state of Indiana in his hands, like so much playdough. The fact that several agencies have investigated and found the accusations bogus says a lot.

Cheers,
Tim

Lucinda - February 3, 2012

I would take Susan to court if I could for the lies she has spread! But I am not Ron Williams who shows mercy and Love to his enemies and puts his trust in God to keep them safe from the lies!


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