I would have to agree with Prothero here. It is disturbing if we are honest with ourselves where our hearts go in situations like this. And it just may reveal more about our corrupt nature rather than our "Christian values". It is so important to be careful in our initial reactions to these stories which at the moment are just based on very limited information and emotion. The darkness must be revealed fully by the light. If there is nothing hiding in the dark then show your support. But if there is a world of evil lurking in the darkness and you spoke up to defend someone prior to that process completing itself, not only will you look foolish, but you may have a very serious crisis of conscience having to determine the nature of God's Spirit impacting you as opposed to your sin nature actually controlling you.
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