Bob Jones University Faculty Member Apologizes for Remarks About Rape Victim

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.”

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5 Responses to “Bob Jones University Faculty Member Apologizes for Remarks About Rape Victim”

  1. Jeri says:

    That’s like what I said.

  2. Rob says:

    I don’t know?!? If you can’t answer that simple question, friend, then why the h e double sticks are you a teacher???

  3. April says:

    Hi Jeri,
    I cannot believe that I didn’t make the connection between your name and your books because I’ve read so many of them to my students during my years as an elementary teacher! The one that sticks out in my mind the most is “Derwood” and as I glanced over your books on Amazon just the book covers alone brought back some very happy memories of my teaching career.
    I’ve read many of your comments regarding the Tina Anderson case in the Concord Monitor and various other sources of media and I must say that you are not afraid to tell the truth and I love it and admire you for saying what needed to be said!
    I looked at a few of your books regarding church abuse and I do need to order one asap because the rape of Tina and the church discipline that followed was so horrible and so unnecessary and so unbiblical. I was there when the discipline occurred but I did absolutely nothing about it b/c I was “under the spell” of the pastor and of my soon-to-be ex-husband (who was sitting next to me on the night of Tina’s discipline) and I am ashamed I did not lend any support to Tina but I am now. I was also church disciplined at TBC in September 1999 b/c I would not return to my husband b/c I was unwilling to put up with his abuse. Needless to say, I was not supported but guess who was? You got it! My soon-to-be ex-husband.

  4. jeriwho says:

    Hi April, thank you for your kind words. I hope you are able to move on from Trinity and do well. Schizophrenic Christianity is the benchmark book I’ve written on Fundamentalist church abuse. I do think it will explain the mechanics of the way churches like Trinity work. It has given many survivors of abusive Fundamentalist churches a better understanding of why the “machine” works the way it does, and why it is NOT a Biblical model of church government or behavior.

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