Rare Common Sense: August 2007 Archives

August 30, 2007

Religiously Justified Paedophilia and Incest

Australia: Here's a delightful tale of religiously justified paedophilia and incest from South Australia.

A pastor from a South Australian fundamentalist church has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years after admitting he had sex with two of his teenage daughters.

The 54-year-old man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to seven counts each of incest and unlawful sexual intercourse.

The court heard that the man had sex with his daughters for nearly a decade in the 1990s at the family property.

The man later told the court he had sex with the girls to educate them on how to be good wives — not for his own gratification.

Judge David Lovell rejected that, saying the man's explanation for the abuse defied belief.

In setting a four-year non-parole period, Judge Lovell said the man had good prospects of rehabilitation, and continued to have the support of his wife and church.

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