To whom do we give second chances?


My alma mater is in the news again. Wheaton College. (Sometimes dubbed “The Evangelical Harvard.”) Five football players face felony charges in the assault of a freshman teammate in March 2016. They kidnapped him, restrained and beat him, attempted gang rape on him, and left him half naked in 45 degree weather, not knowing how to get home.

The headlines say “hazing.”

Hazing? Or sexual assault. Torture. Kidnapping. Endangering a young man’s life.

I believe “hazing” has become a term we use to diminish the moral weight of the act. Much like “extrajudicial killing” (see President Duterte of the Philippines) or “enhanced interrogation. “Hazing” – you know, that thing drunk college students do that can turn a bit dangerous, but that’s really kind of inevitable, so we should just turn a blind eye most of the time. Kids will be kids. Boys will be boys.

Wheaton is known for its…

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