Pastor Abandons Flock for Atheism
Ordinarily I’d be say woo-hoo someone else has seen the light, but the sexual misconduct allegations made against him makes me wonder about his motives. The fact that his old boss can say that if you want to be sleep around, the best way to do it is stop believing in god, troubles me. Would Aus still be a Christian today if he had not been caught in a sexual scandal? Aus himself has admitted that it had some part in his decision.
There are so many of us who have abandoned our faith for various reasons, but I don’t personally know anyone who left religion simply for the sex. When you consider that most people identify as Christians in America, that many adult sex workers believe in god, and that many consumers of porn/erotica also identify as Christians, it lessens the claim that sex is a motivation for people becoming atheists. The massive financial success of the sex industry is not only being funded by the atheist community, if it were there would be no need for places like the XXXChurch. Regardless of these facts, people like Aus are used as measuring sticks by the narrow-minded to judge the rest of us.
So if he genuinely made a knowledge based decision to leave religion, good for him. That however does not diminish or excuse any inappropriate sexual behavior he may have been involved in. Some cheered his decision as, “…good news,” because he, “…woke up.” I’m a little more skeptical about his motives. We don’t know the whole story, and his new lack of belief may have nothing to do with him being in trouble with his old church; but then again it might. What it all boils down to for me is sexually inappropriate behavior is inexcusable regardless of one’s faith or lack of faith. I find it convenient that they selected the pastor with a shady background to use in this story. Even if he approached them, they chose to end it by focusing on his sexual misconduct, as if that’s what we all do as atheists. ~ Kim