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A humiliating month

The Pillory, from The Costume of Great Britain (1805)

It’s been quite a month in the #MeToo era.

  • Bill Cosby was convicted of three counts of sexual assault.
  • Eric Schneiderman resigned as New York Attorney General after three women accuse him of physically assaulting them.
  • Pope Francis told a Chilean victim of clergy sexual abuse, “I was part of the problem, I caused this, and I apologize to you.”
  • The bishops of Chile, another part of the problem, submitted their resignations.
  • Michigan State agreed to pay $500 million to the victims of Lawrence G. Nassar, the physicians who sexually abused hundred of female gymnasts in the guise of providing medical treatment.
  • The elders of Willow Creek apologized for casting doubt on women’s allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of departing senior pastor Bill Hybels
  • Paige Patterson, denigrator of women, was relieved of the presidency of Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • “The judgment of God has come,” wrote Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Judgment has now come to the house of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
  • Harvey Weinstein left a New York Police Department precinct in handcuffs.
  • And then there was Morgan Freeman, the Voice of God Himself.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up, saith the Epistle of James. This Memorial Day, let us remember the boons of humiliation.

About the author

Mark Silk

Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service

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