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Brett Kavanaugh: Innocent till proven guilty

09/20/2018
Walker Wildmon
Assistant to President of AFA

In recent days President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has been accused of one incident of sexual misconduct dating back 36 years. The alleged victim is a woman named Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Her original letter written to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in July reads in part, “Brett Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted me during high school in the early 1980's. He conducted these acts with the assistance of REDACTED. Both were one to two years older than me and students at a local private school. The assault occurred in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and four others.”

I want to point out a few important things. First, the accuser doesn’t know or fails to mention the exact year that this allegedly took place. Second, the accuser doesn’t know or fails to cite the specific age of the alleged young men involved. Last, the accuser doesn’t know or fails to mention the specific location that this alleged event took place.

I find it conspicuous that someone who claims to have gone through a traumatic event cannot remember the year it took place, the age of those involved, or the exact location of the event. Or is it that she does remember but doesn’t want to make it public? Could it be that the event never occurred and by citing specific details it might cause her story to be factually proven false by others?

We've seen this tactic before. Clarence Thomas. Herman Cain. Roy Moore. In some shape or form, each of those men had charges of sexual misconduct lodged against them, during seasons of political rancor, when it was impossible to prove – or disprove – the charges. In some cases, the fallout negatively affected their careers. They are each rock-solid conservatives who love our country and respect the Constitution.

It is no surprise that the Democrats have resorted to the same tactic with Judge Brett Kavanaugh. This is all about one thing – stopping a judge who is a constitutionalist from being confirmed to the Supreme Court. The Democrats will do anything to stop a Trump nominee, even if it means resorting to a shameful smear campaign.

What should be done about this? My friend Bryan Fischer has said, “The Bible is very clear that no serious allegation should ever be accepted against someone on the basis of one lone allegation. ‘A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses shall a charge be established’ (Deuteronomy 19:15). Lest you think this is just an outdated, archaic Old Testament standard, Jesus himself affirmed the same standard in Matthew 18:16: ‘Every charge (must) be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.’”

I would also add that, hypothetically, should there be two or three witnesses for a “charge” to be established, that does not prove guilt. Having two or three witnesses only establishes credibility but it does not make the claim gospel.

Based on the conspicuous lack of essential details in the allegation and the failure to provide one witness (outside of the accuser) I can only conclude that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an innocent man.

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