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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Saints & Scoundrels

Keith Brown, the father of The 5 Browns has been charged with sexually abusing his three daughters when they were children. This comes on the heels of a serious auto accident that leaves both Brown and his wife hospitalized. Mostly local news right now, the AP has picked up the story and it will likely spread.

It will probably spawn expose articles alleging sex abuse is rampant in Mormondom. This is nonsense, but nonsense spreads on the 'Net.

It has me thinking about John C. Bennett. Why? No particular reason except that he seems to embody the epitome of someone imbued with both tremendous good and tremendous bad. A biography of him entitled, "The Saintly Scoundrel: The Life and Times of Dr. John Cook Bennett" inspired today's posting title. Bennett achieved some significant things but he also engaged in some pretty spectacular evil shenanigans.

People seem most comfortable with those who are all bad or all good. Although, we do try and locate flaws in the saintly we seem discomfited by the good displayed in the truly evil.

But, what do you do when the two extremes are obviously evident in the same person? I don't know, but it troubles me. . .

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