John Matzko: I’m sorry if I sounded insensitive to the victim in this case or gave the impression that I was defending a man who would take sexual advantage of a 15-year-old girl like this. His gross sin has resulted in serious consequences for his victim, his family, and his church. Worse, like David, he has “given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme.”
KN:No, what’s worse is that he harmed a little girl, who was revictimized by her church and pastors. That’s the worst part.
SB: I said this in a personal email to Dr. Matzko, but I think it bears repeating here:
“Please know that I hold no personal animosity towards you, but words mean things and sometimes we use the wrong ones.
My mother always taught me that a true apology never begins “I’m sorry if…” It begins “I’m sorry that…” … See More
That said, at least you stepped back into the ring, and that’s not nothing.”
about an hour ago ·
John Matzko: “I’m sorry THAT I sounded insensitive to the victim in this case.”
Jeri: “I don’t confuse an apology with genuine repentance, but apology accepted. I’ll post it. No doubt as a scholar of history you are familiar with Sun Tzu, John. Take it to heart: The terrain has changed”
Ken Pulliam: “John, thanks for being willing to apologize. Some people will never say they are sorry no matter what. I wonder though do you think that Phelps did right by keeping this man in his church and not insisting that he confess his deed to the police?”
John Matzko: “I don’t know.”
Jeri Massi: “Unbelievable.”
I have now made the thread public via screen shots: