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Most think sex offenders should be in pews
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
October 13, 2010
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Most think sex offenders should be in pews

Most think sex offenders should be in pews
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
October 13, 2010

Nearly eight in 10

respondents who participated in a Christianity Today International survey said

convicted sex offenders should be welcomed in church pews.

The vast majority of survey

participants — pastors, church leaders and staff members and active Christians —

agreed to the idea so long as offenders who were released from prison were

subject to appropriate limitations and kept under supervision.

The results were published

in the September issue of Christianity Today, the evangelical magazine that is

the flagship of the Illinois-based publishing company.

A significant majority — 83

percent — said a demonstration of repentance is a key factor in shaping views

about whether or not convicted offenders should be welcomed by a congregation.

Two in three respondents said their views would depend on whether one or more

of the victims of the offender attend the church.

Almost three-quarters of the

respondents’ churches do not provide a recovery ministry to people with sexual

addictions. Almost a quarter said they “do nothing,” while about half provide referrals to other organizations or

ministries.

The survey was based on the

responses of 2,864 people drawn from publications and websites of Christianity

Today International.