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Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent” July 29, 2010

Posted by matthew5sixteen in Christianity.
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In a July 29, 2010 post, Laura Wood and Jesse Powell of The Thinking Housewife wrote about a controversial statement that was made in a post by Paul Elam on A Voice for Men.

The statement is controversial enough that I will need to summarize it. Paul Elam basically is suggesting that in the situation that a person finds themselves on a jury, and it concerns a particular type of crime, the person on the jury should vote not guilty no matter what the evidence suggests the truth may be. Paul Elam states that it is better for the guilty to go free than for another innocent person to be unjustly imprisoned.

This is a case of someone suggesting that one party does what is wrong because the other party has been doing what is wrong. I know the temptation to get revenge, I have given into it, myself, when I was younger. When you are tempted with this, remember, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19.)

It is true that there have been reports of innocent people going to jail or having their lives ruined because of false accusers. But this does not mean that it becomes acceptable to allow everyone, even the guilty, to go free because of the existence of false accusations. Especially considering that there have been recent reports of false accusers receiving prison sentences for their false accusations.

I have to be honest, I am not surprised by what Paul Elam says. I worry often that the injustices that some of us men have faced will turn all of us into bitter and angry individuals who will end up losing our very selves. It is something that I will need to pray about.

I leave you with these verses:

“Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent”—
peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.” (Proverbs 24:24.)

And, “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
the LORD detests them both.” (Proverbs 17:15.)




1. Anonymous age 68 - July 29, 2010

It takes a total lack of knowledge of court trials to worry about this nonsense. A quick Google by the prosecution will quickly show that Paul is a militant MRA, and he will never be selected, not only on a rape trial, but any kind of trial. Paul knows that. It’s just talk-talk to make a point.

In any case, do you have any idea what the odds are for any one individual being selected on a jury trial for someone accuses of rape?

You have things a lot more important to worry about, young man.

For example, the (non)thinking housewife also said she does not like the men’s movement, because it undermines the relationships between men and women.

For 45 years, the women of this nation have been using their political power to not only undermine the relationships between men and women, but to totally destroy them. Today, only a very ignorant man will marry in the US.

But, all she can see through the fog is MRA’s might be undermining those relationships. This is one confused woman.

2. matthew5sixteen - July 29, 2010

@Anonymous age 68,
Thank you for your response. I must admit that I don’t know much about court trials. And I must admit that it is possible that on a practical level, Paul Elam’s statement might not have such a big impact. But I believe on the level of principle, Paul Elam’s statement has a very large impact.

The Thinking Housewife may not have Men’s Rights as their biggest interest, but I don’t think that takes away the validity of their claim that what Paul Elam says is wrong.

Paul Elam’s proposal goes against what the Bible says is right regarding justice for the guilty. On that point, I must voice my disagreement with Paul Elam. And as a person who is interested in the Men’s Rights Movement, I must voice my disagreement publically so that it would not be said in the future that all men in the Men’s Rights Movement agree with Paul Elam’s statement.

3. menareangrynow - August 7, 2010


“I must voice my disagreement publically so that it would not be said in the future that all men in the Men’s Rights Movement agree with Paul Elam’s statement.”

I certainly don’t agree with it. It’s absolutely crazy, and disgustingly biased. God forbid him ever being a juror. What if it was a boy or a guy who was raped? For someone who claims to care about males, he’s just taken a vow that he’d vote against them getting justice.

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