It’s a terrible thing when religious leaders in any community abuse their position of trust but how much worse it is when they use it to abuse small, vulnerable children in one of the worst ways imaginable.
A news article tells how an Imam raped a young boy in his care. The boy has the strength and courage to tell his parents, which is no small feat. The religious leaders of the mosque banish him back to India, never to return to the UK. The imam does though and it’s when the victim confides in police that they track him down to another city having returned to the UK to be with his family.
Similar acts have always occurred, across all religions and in secular societies, often by people who abuse / use their positions of trust. Indeed there are people who seek such positions so they can carry out such crimes.
The one thing which stood out to me in this article was the man’s defense that the devil made him do it. The devil certainly had a hand in it somewhere.
We need to remember that we all have a responsibility to look after and care for children.
There’s a special judgement coming for anyone who hurts them. Luke 17:2 – It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.