Southern Evangelical Seminary’s Dr. Richard Land: Current Kavanaugh Fiasco Will Condemn America to Having Mediocre or Dangerous Public Servants
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—According to news reports today, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser said she would be prepared to testify next week, as long as senators provide “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” Fox News reported.
Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary’s (SES, www.ses.edu) and a member of President Donald Trump’s advisory board for faith issues, says the implications of the ongoing drama will impact future leaders who could benefit the nation.
“The allegation made against Judge Kavanaugh is very serious and should be taken as such,” Land said. “However, the lateness of its introduction into the process does cause one to be suspicious of the motives behind it. The accuser, Dr. Christine Ford, deserves to have an opportunity to tell her story as she remembers it, and Judge Kavanaugh has a right to be able to defend himself and his reputation. If Ms. Ford is unwilling to tell her story to the judiciary committee either in public or private, then if I were a Senator, I would say, ‘Let’s vote and move forward with the confirmation.’
“I would observe that if this did happen and Judge Kavanaugh was the perpetrator, then it will not be an isolated event,” he added. “Sexual predators never strike only once. There will be a pattern of such behavior that will emerge, and we would have to presume it would have emerged during six FBI background checks of Judge Kavanaugh. If no other instances are brought forth and we continue to get a long, seemingly endless list of men and women coming forward to testify that Judge Kavanaugh exhibited respectful and proper behavior toward women, then we must draw the conclusion that while something may have happened to Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh was not the perpetrator.
“This sordid spectacle of the judicial committee hearings, including this latest fiasco, is tearing at the social fabric of our nation,” Land concluded. “There are only so many obscenities that can be imprinted onto a society before it begins to malfunction. And I suspect I’m not the only person asking himself why anyone would be willing to put themselves forward to serve in such a public capacity when they must endure a public gauntlet of abuse and have their reputation dragged through the mud in front of all of their loved ones—and in this case Judge Kavanaugh’s young daughters. I’m fearful that one result of this kind of social malfunction is that it will be increasingly difficult to get people of talent and character to be willing to serve. It’s just not worth the price, and we will be condemned to having mediocre or dangerous public servants who are serving for all the wrong reasons—avarice, power, self-aggrandizement and the care and feeding of narcissistic character disorders.”
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