Benjamin and Shaantal Garlick spent years spreading the Gospel while hiding a despicable secret
Ok Hemant... I've noticed you have become a lot saltier in your writing since the move to Substack. And I have to say, salt is often used to enhance the sweetness of a dish, and the salt in that last sentence....SWEET!
More and more of stories like this makes the notion of Drag Queens harming children a total, absolute lie.
Salt and pepper. Peanut butter and jelly. Christian pastor and child abuse. They all seem to occur together a lot, don't they? And this isn't the first, second, or third time Hemant has reported on such things, which just makes it all the more tragic.
What else is there to say other than: "Put him in jail and throw away the key!"
If there is an upside to these horrors, it is that they are now being taken seriously by law enforcement because so many of these cases have made it into the news. Their children will now be free of them, and have a chance for a decent life. The public is becoming more aware of the pedophiles in the clergy all the time, and it is contributing to the demise of organized religion. I hope these two, especially the dad, are never free again.
𝑁𝑒𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝐵𝑒𝑛𝑗𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑛 𝑛𝑜𝑟 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑑𝑟𝑎𝑔 𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑒𝑛𝑠.
No wonder vampires hate Garlic(k). They know Christians are the real bloodsuckers.
(sorry. somebody had to go after that name)
Abusers go where the kids are. Stories like this are why no one should blindly trust religious people.
It seems a person's capacity for immoral, unethical, and downright criminal behavior is proportional to their performative religiosity.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑠𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑓 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑖𝑡. 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑑, 𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑡ℎ, 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑊𝐺𝑁𝑆 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑆ℎ𝑎𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑓𝑖𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑛 𝑂𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑓 𝑃𝑟𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑢𝑠𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑. (𝑊𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑖𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑔𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑏𝑢𝑠𝑒.)
I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt here. Purity culture and fundamentalist indoctrination combine to make one hell of a drug. She may have wanted to do something and been unable to even conceive of any effective action. Of course, the protection order may also be theater to get her a lighter sentence.
But gays adopting kids is bad, according to kristers.
I'm as shocked about this as I am about finding out there's gambling going on at Rick's.
So they're accused of child rape, have a van, and 'ministry' that means they're always moving around. Part of me feels like we should be asking if they've been offering candy to small kids, too.
Honestly, this feels like any number of stories ripped from the headlines episodes of some police procedural show over the last few years. It's almost too bad we can't see how the Prisoner's Dilemma works out for Mr. and Mrs. Garlick in this case. This pair makes a great argument for punishing Christians more heavily than others when they commit crimes, since they claim more morality than everybody else.
I just hope the law catches up with them properly, and we don't see some stupid slap on the write type punishment when the time comes.
"𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯 𝘎𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘎𝘰𝘥’𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘢 𝘷𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺."
Hey, a traveling rape show disguised as a ministry. Who'da thunk it?
And yet the great majority of Americans are still willing to ASSUME that anyone who CLAIMS to be working on behalf of God must be pure at heart, when at a minimum they're simply deluded and more likely are run-of-the-mill con artists. And then there are fiends like these, who use their ostensible religiosity as cover. Fortunately, they are (I think) in the minority of the God-pushers, but who can fail to notice that the presumption of purity accorded to Bible-thumpers is practically an open invitation for pederasts to set up shop under that awning?