Duggar Family Pastor Likens Josh's 'Sin' to Bruce Jenner's Transition

Everyone has an opinion on Josh Duggar's molestation scandal, and the Duggar family pastor is no exception. Dr. Ronnie Floyd, 59, of the five-branch Pinnacle Cross Church in Arkansas, recently spoke to PEOPLE magazine about the allegations that the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar molested five young girls back in 2002, when he was 14 years old.

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Floyd seemed to walk the fine line between calling out Josh's very bad behavior, and acknowledging a God who can and does forgive even the gravest of sins. "Everyone does wrong, and what was wrong was very wrong as to what was testified to and it's completely unacceptable," he said, continuing, "But I'm thankful, whether it's him or any other one, that I serve a God who can forgive everything.''

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He also spoke about the community's reaction to the finding out about Josh's alleged crimes, and said that his "evangelical Christian ministry is alive and well" despite the scandal. It doesn't mean they weren't taken aback though. "All of us were surprised by the news because ... their reputation in Arkansas is that they are a very Christian family," he lamented.

He also said, "Things like [the scandal] have happened before and will happen again." Unfortunately, he's probably right, but I can't get the bad taste out of my mouth over how he said that. Why not say something along the lines of hoping that something like this never happens again?

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Anyway, Pastor Floyd reportedly gave a very revealing sermon this past Sunday, in which he brought up Bruce Jenner's transition from male to female. The first indication of his thoughts was his directive to the fathers in the crowd. "You dads, make sure you raise your sons around men who are manly," he told his parishioners.

As he specifically talked about Bruce Jenner, he preached, "What's remarkable about this is the world is applauding ... Gender is not fluid.''

He went on to say that "all humans be treated with dignity and respect'' whatever their sins. "Bruce Jenner is no different from all of us. We are all sinners. The key is cleansing our sins through Christ's grace."

I'm sorry, but did Pastor Floyd just call Bruce Caitlyn Jenner's "sin" of being transgendered no different than a teenage boy molesting his younger sisters? OK, maybe sin is sin, but crimes are an entirely different matter.

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Caitlyn Jenner committed no crimes. Of course lives were affected by her coming out -- no man (or woman!) is an island after all. But she did not commit a crime. She did not take advantage of those weaker than herself, and I am appalled that anyone could compare her lifestyle choices to what Josh did.

If you believe that Caitlyn Jenner has sinned because she was born with a Y-chromosome despite always feeling female, then so be it. I am all for religious freedom. But please do not ever try to tell me that that's the same as a teenage boy feeling up his little sisters while they sleep.

Sin may be sin, but crime is crime.

What do you think of the Duggar's pastor's comparison between Josh and Caitlyn Jenner?

 

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