WARNING: MATURE CONTENT
The Courier reported today that a decision on David Pierce's parole has been deferred until after the first of the year so that they can consider additional information. They had been set to announce a decision on his parole today, but instead announced the delay. I don't know what the "additional information" is, but I would hope that they have received an avalanche of protests regarding his possible release. I kind of wonder as well whether the recent Penn State and Syracuse sexual abuse revelations have caused the parole board to consider this case more carefully than they might have in the past.
I sometimes wonder if folks in our little town of Benton truly understood the gravity of the David Pierce tragedy back in 2009 when it all exploded. Consider that here was a minister who was sexually abusing dozens (if not hundreds) of boys in the church (as well as at other venues), for decades, all in the name of God. If that doesn't make Pierce's actions as repugnant as those at Penn State and Syracuse, then I don't understand why it doesn't. And while I'm thinking about it, I've heard some people refer to this as the David Pierce "scandal" - I don't like that word, it cheapens the monstrous nature of what he did to a tabloid level.
I've been following the blog of one of the survivors of David Pierce's crimes ( http://dfromd.blogspot.com/ ) as he speaks about the struggles he endured as this all unfolded in our town, and how FBC and their leadership totally failed all those survivors. It's painful reading to be sure, seeing how survivors were basically discounted to the side in order to save Pierce in any way they could. Only when it reached a tipping point did they finally do what they had to and involve law enforcement. How truly sad for the survivors that they were made to feel that Pierce was more worthy of saving than they were.