On Consent

Posted at The Truth About Moscow:

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.” EZEKIEL 34:1–6

Over the last several months, Douglas Wilson has referred to Greyfriars’ Hall ministerial student Jamin Wight’s sexual abuse of Natalie Greenfield, which began when they were aged 23 and 13 respectively, as “sexual behavior.” He wrote this in his letter to Officer Green; he repeated it four times to Rod Dreher; he said this at the Christ Church HOH meeting1; and he has posted it to Blog & Mablog. His wording implies something akin to two crazy teenagers just discovering their own sexuality and getting a little overzealous in the back seat. That happens, right? Obviously, it’s a sin and they shouldn’t be doing it; but it’s not exactly uncommon, and you wouldn’t send a young man to jail under that circumstance when she’s just as enthusiastic as he is. It’s not like he was a predator, right?

Actually, the state of Idaho is quite clear. Whether it was violent abuse or done with the utmost gentleness is irrelevant in this case because according to Idaho’s laws, adults are not to sexually touch children under any circumstances and the state considers everyone under 16-years old to be a child. Here are the two statutes Wight was charged under, both of which come with sex offender registration following conviction...