On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/3/2018), Hank raises the all-too-common misconception that religious leaders are beyond examination. Are “God’s anointed” beyond criticism? In light of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and her recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, that question might well be re-phrased, Are sexual assault victims beyond criticism? Respecting religious leaders, we do not accept the assertions of Sun Myung Moon, or other cult leaders, solely on the basis of their claims to be God’s anointed. Nor should we accept accusations of sexual assault prior to examination. Nobody’s testimony is above evaluation. Rather, the task of Christians, as well as those interested in sane jurisprudence, is to follow the evidence wherever it leads.
Hank then looks in detail at the independent legal assessment of Dr. Ford’s allegations offered by Rachel Mitchell, Nominations Investigative Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, who concludes, “A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them….I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard.”