"They hate me without a cause....they that would destroy me, are mine enemies falsely, (and being powerful).... I restored that which I took not." Psalm 69:4 "In other words, the envious projected their own badness, that is their sins, onto the intended victim, the innocent man. Then they crucified him for possessing what they coveted. Having found him guilty of their own wickedness, the evil seized his goods and redistributed them to others..." (Calling Evil By Its' Name, http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kimball/110408 )
The Psalmist describes the nature, tactics, and evil outcome of scapegoating, which was typical of his time.
For a while in now-dead Christendom, the majority bore responsibility, however imperfectly and reluctantly, for their own sins rather than scapegoating someone else. Christendom however is dead, which means that its' previously "swept clean" house has been and continues to be reinfested by the powers of darkness, and has as a consequence, turned back to the wicked ways of yesterday.
Scapegoating is endemic today. From "gays" who scapegoat "straights," to "man-boy lovers" who scapegoat parents, criminals who scapegoat the law-abiding and Transnational Progressives who scapegoat America for the evils of the world, scapegoating has returned with a vengeance. Over on the Churchmouse Campanologist website is an account of the unbearable suffering and tragedy brought on by this evil practice. "False Memory, Devilish Therapy" relates that 2,500 families in England have been rent apart by a devilish phenomenon the writer aptly describes as "false memory syndrome." The author writes that under the influence of psychotherapy, his daughter "recovered" a hitherto unknown "memory" of child abuse:
"After several years of puzzling estrangement and distancing she wrote to us to cut off all contact: 'I have been sustained by a sense of a "noble cause," she said. 'Daddy told me that if he and I had our "special" friendship then mummy would be safe."
The author goes on to say that to his knowledge at least 2,500 families in Britain:
"have been hit by this phenomenon since it emerged around 1990 as a result of the publication of a book by two Americans, The Courage to Heal. The authors, Ellen Davis and Laura Bass, were reported to be Lesbians. I think, dare I say, that this fact is relevant because they were part of a culture which was changing from the feminist demand for fair play and equality to an aggression against men and the role in life of fathers." (Full story here: http://churchmousec.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/guest-post-by-lleweton-false-memory-devilish-therapy/#comment-3749 )
Upon reading this tragic account, it came to me that the author and the other 2,500 parents are being scapegoated for the unconfessed sins of their own children as well as for the sins of the so-called therapists and of course of the lesbians. All of these suffering parents are being crucified for the sins of others too proud and willful to accept personal responsibility for their own bad choices and other sins. This is not to say that the parents and in particular the fathers are innocent of their own sins but rather that our post-Christian society has, like a dog returning to its' vomit, turned back to the evil practice of scapegoating.
Our Lord and Saviour is the ultimate and perfect scapegoat, bearing on Himself the sins of all mankind. Through His crucifixion one of the things He showed us is that in this world of darkness there will always be need of innocent scapegoats, for the strong must bear the burden of the weak, until such time that they repent. Recall that it took His death to bring some, though certainly not all, to repentence.
To be scapegoated is to be crucified. This cross is one of almost unbearable suffering, but while carrying it, scapegoats need to realize that the scapegoaters' also suffer. Their suffering comes through the wrath of conscience lashed by unrelenting fiery darts.
Scapegoats must not give in to demands for apologies, for to do so is to in effect accept responsibility for the sins of the scapegoaters. This will only strengthen the resolve of the scapegoaters and lead to the heaping of more coals onto the already over-burdened scapegoats.
No matter how much we love them and wish to help them, scapegoaters must be left to suffer from the furies of their own conscience. And while they suffer, for however long it takes, scapegoats will have to persevere under the weight of the cross of suffering they bear, keeping in mind that wisdom only comes through suffering. Suffering is the fire in which steel is forged and purified.
Our Lord is purifying and forging the author, his wife, and the other 2,500 scapegoats.
Those who would like to gain a better understanding of scapegoating should read J. Budziszewski's book, "The Revenge of Conscience" an indepth and enormously enlightening look at conscience and how through its' furies people are eventually brought to sanity and repentence. Read Budziszewski's essay, "Revenge of Conscience" here: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2008/12/001-the-revenge-of-conscience-38