The shocking story of Hollywood pedophilia with child actors is just industry standard according to the story that broke last week. It was common knowledge and everybody knew about it. Nobody did anything about it because it affected their paychecks, their careers, and their reputation. Why should any other actor stand up and speak out?
The parents knew it, but they knew on which side their bread was buttered. The kid earning the money made them wealthy. So they turned their backs on their own child to keep the money coming in.
The other workers knew it, but they made their living by being in a successful television show or movie and they would not jeopardize their living for the sake of a kid.
The kid knew it, but how could he or she speak up? Who would listen. Kid actors like attention and according to the report, they were perfect targets for such an atrocity to start, and once started, could not end easily.
At first glance that is shocking. But it isn’t really. We all seek to protect ourselves and our jobs and security. If nobody else speaks up, I’m not going to. We put up with the most awful things because they are just industry standards.
Churches and denominations have industry standards. Someone sent me a link to a church in Canada that flatly says that women can’t read the Bible in Worship service because it is the Word of God and women can’t teach the Word of God. That, too, is shocking at first glance. But it shouldn’t be. When was the last time you heard a woman reading the Bible aloud in a Worship Service? Probably never. Because it is industry standard that a woman not stand before the congregation and read aloud from the Bible.
The Jesus Creed tackled this subject and you can read their comments. Pay particular attention to comment #59 because it spells out what we have been saying for a long time about the complementary restrictionists “industry standard.”
Will you help us shine a light on these practices that restrict women in a worship service? Will you speak up and tell them that we will no longer put up with these “industry standards?”