Boaz, Ruth, and Why There is No Such Thing as 20 Minutes of Action

As you all know, I don’t much hold to the Christian theology anymore… but I stumbled across this post regarding Brock Turner and his “20 Minutes of Action” on a clearly Christian blog. This is very well thought out and well stated – and I hope that any people who defend Brock based on the 20 minute argument his father used, would take a chance to read this.

Mustard Seed Faith

Brock-turner-mugshot-large-teaseThe internet has been aflame these past weeks with outrage over the trial and sentencing of Brock Turner, convicted of raping an unconscious woman behind a Stanford dumpster. Adding fuel to the indignation, Turner has received a startlingly lenient sentence (six months, only three of which he is likely to serve). The episode has ripped wide the cultural wounds around rape, rape culture, privilege, and sexual freedom, and nothing in this story is pretty, or clear, or particularly satisfying. Of particular outrage has been the release of several character statements, one of which was provided by Turner’s father, in which he petitioned for a lenient sentence for his son on the grounds that his current sense of experiencing despair is “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”

There is something extraordinarily troubling about the father’s logic. It is not…

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