Sunday, 20th January 2013
BISHOP LARRY TROTTER THE WITCH HUNT – How far have we come as a society? We like to consider ourselves as a morally just and open society. But considering all of the information that is available to us are we any more in enlightened and do we understand each other any better?
In a recent report a church bishop Larry Trotter, has been accused of being a pedophile after to a photograph was taken of him bathing with his 4 year old granddaughter. The image, taken by a family member, placed it on a social network where it went viral and garnered criticism and outrage, accusing the Bishop of being a pedophile.
In his defense, the image was removed from the family member, but it was too late. The imagine had already been spread thousands of times and was continuing to do so. The Bishop has remarked pointing out that he was in fact wearing a bathing suit, which is not visible due to the bath bubble, however his rebuttal to the accusations have not lessened the abuse.
The image, seen below, appears completely innocent – note that we have blocked out the girls face for privacy reasons, but I can assure you from looking at the original, she is happy and smiling and it is plainly obvious that no impropriety is taking place.
There certainly is a need to keep our children safe from sexual predators and our fears continue to grow as more new surfaces, however, how far will this go when even the simple act of family love is labeled as an act of child abuse?
Have we become so suspicious of one another that it is not longer acceptable for a man to be anywhere near a child, clothed or not? It is incredible to think that during the 13th to 17th Centuries the Catholic Church activity employ men to seek out and burn any woman that may be involved in witchcraft and while in today’s enlightened society we find this act heinous and barbaric, have we not simply moved from hunting witches and instead found a potential new foe on which to exact our anger and revenge?
While any act that is harmful against a child is unforgivable we should not let our emotions, often driven by sensationalist media coverage, to become so blinded where we can no longer see the love and a child being cherished but a sexual predator ready to pounce as soon as our guard is let down.
We do need to be vigilant but that does not, and should not, give us the right to take on a vigilante quest against others where no evidence is present to suggest an individual is guilty of such a heinous act.
For anyone who saw and reacted against the image, in a negative way, consider your actions carefully. This attack on an innocent man can only have negative repercussions on society – are we now going to stop our parents from visiting our children? Should be cut off all forms of communication? Should fathers leave the family home, as provider and protector, just so there are no accusations of abuse?
Finally ask yourselves, before you judge, how many times have you sat a child on your lap in a moment of family bonding – how would you feel if someone had taken a photograph and then have others accuse you of somehow molesting that child? The very thought, if you are perfectly honest with yourself, is simply too painful and horrific to think about.