OK- Abuse victims blast OK City church
For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Every person at the Highway of Holiness Church should be ashamed and outraged that church officials let a registered sex offender attend the Children's Crusade event last week.
Convicted bank robbers can't own handguns. Convicted drunk drivers can't operate school buses. And convicted child predators should be nowhere near kids, even after “paying their debt to society.”
A reformed alcoholic doesn't seek work in a brewery. And a truly repentant and reformed child molester doesn't attend a children's church service.
But Dale Hoffert Junior is just doing what predators do: spend time around kids. The more troubling wrongdoers here are the staff and members of Highway of Holiness Church, who are knowingly endangering kids by letting Hoffert near children.
You can believe God changes people without tempting fate and setting up risky situations in which children are put in harm's way.
Shame on everyone at Highway of Holiness Church, especially the pastor, for acting so recklessly. We hope the pastor apologizes, the congregation fires him, and ministers learn there are harsh consequences when one jeopardizes the safety of the vulnerable.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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