It's wrong to judge Lara's fellow churchgoers.Byline: GUEST VIEWPOINT By John Stephens There are several notable people named John Stephens.
Who is Scott McKee to pass judgment on people, based not on knowing them or talking with them, but only on seeing them sitting in a courtroom?
In his July 18 Register-Guard commentary article, McKee wrote, "From the first day of sentencing, supporters from (Juan) Lara's church congregation had sat in judgment of the female victims who reluctantly detailed the abuse they endured at Lara's hands."
Who is McKee to say the people from First Congregational Church First Congregational Church may refer to:
1. Of or relating to a congregation.
2. Congregational Of or relating to Congregationalism or Congregationalists.
Adj. 1. ? Why did he presume that none among that congregation have loved ones loved ones npl → seres mpl queridos
loved ones npl → proches mpl et amis chers
loved ones love npl who have been sexually abused? Why did he presume that none among that congregation know firsthand first·hand
Received from the original source: firsthand information.
first what it is to be sexually abused?
As McKee wrote, "It is easy to victimize someone you don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. . It is easy to pass judgment on people you don't know, too." It is clear that he had similarly passed judgment on those of First Congregational Church.
Without knowing them, or even significantly interacting with them, he erroneously assessed their character and intent, and then compounded his error by publicizing pub·li·cize
tr.v. pub·li·cized, pub·li·ciz·ing, pub·li·ciz·es
To give publicity to.
Noun 1. publicizing - the business of drawing public attention to goods and services
advertising his failed inferences, writing, "I guess it's easy for these men and women to look skeptically at the victims in this case as dubious 'accusers.' Not people, just objects. ... Sitting among their cold stares, I wondered if anyone in the congregation was familiar with the meaning of the term 'hypocrite.' '
Whatever it was that caused McKee to think he knew the essential sentiments of the people of First Congregational, he was wrong.
McKee quoted the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics Code of Ethics can refer to:
2. In general, a party may discredit a witness called by the opposite party, who testifies against him, by proving that his character is such as not to entitle him to credit or to me or to my agency. I will ... develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful mind·ful
Attentive; heedful: always mindful of family responsibilities. See Synonyms at careful.
mind of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. ... I will never act officiously of·fi·cious
1. Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention.
2. Informal; unofficial.
3. or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions."
But clearly McKee's personal feelings and prejudices did influence his assessment of this community of faith, a group of people who have struggled to understand and cope with the actions of one of their members, actions that they have never condoned. McKee's writing reveals that he had not even attempted to know the congregation that he nonetheless publicly condemned. Moreover, he chose to issue his public condemnation not simply as a private citizen, but rather by identifying himself as the Eugene Police Department's primary investigator on these two criminal cases, thus adding at least quasi-official weight to his nonetheless erroneous public condemnation of these people.
I don't know why McKee felt the need to rush to his erroneous judgments about the people of First Congregational. Perhaps it was his understandable distress at the seeming stain placed upon him and his fellow Eugene police officers by the exploitative actions of former officers Juan Lara Juan Manuel Lara (b. January 26, 1981 in Azua, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who plays for the Cleveland Indians. He was signed by Cleveland as an amateur free agent in May 1999 and called up to the Major League club on September 5, 2006. and Roger Magana, and a resultant (and also understandable) strong emotional desire to distance himself and the police department from any advocacy of anything less than maximum sentences for the offenders. I do not believe it to be appropriate for the offenders' stain to stick to the police department, and I am not alone in that belief.
Regardless, I hope that McKee's column was neither a final representation of the Eugene police, nor, ultimately, of himself, but rather was reflective of how very difficult it has been for so many people of Eugene - victims, police, and all concerned citizens of Eugene - as we have struggled through these tragedies, a struggle which, if it is to end well, is better served first by compassion and understanding, in order that we might then make better judgments.
John Stephens is a member of the First Congregational Church in Eugene.