What about someone who had willingly participated in a sexual display for commercial gain? How a modern society should respond? I would repeat here the same underlined words from the previous paragraph. Next question: What about someone who has repented, is repenting or is willing to repent after the sin?
Here are stories of two hapless girls who had fallen prey to this vicious sin: Tera Myers and Stacy Hallas. Episode of Hallas is very fresh. She was a science teacher, well loved and competent in her job till her ugly past undid her present. The administration of Richard B Hydock International School at Oxnard tumbled upon her murky past unintentionally. She is 32 today and she was a former adult actress. She did hide her past. Hallas was not accused of committing any crime.
Hallas said that she lied about her past because of shame. District Superintendent Jeff Chancer maintained that her presence would be a ‘recurring disruption’ and she was no longer a fit role model for students. Judge Julie Cobos-Owen wrote in her judgment: “Her propensity for dishonesty is a primary reason not to let her back. She failed to establish that she can be trusted as a role model for children or an example of redemption.” She was fired.
The case of Myers is identical but more pathetic. She was an effective science teacher at Parkway North High School in St. Louis, Missourie. Having always been the recipient of favorable assessment reports all was fine in her life till one day a minor student broke the law by possessing and viewing an adult film in which Terry had acted 20 years ago. The minor mischievously exposed her past to public. The doom was declared. Ironically, it was not the first time.
She had been forced to resign from her previous job also. In 2006, she was teaching in Paucah, Kentucky under a false name Terico Dye. A footballer there watched her adult video and made several copies. Her secret past was now a public property. She was booted out.
Appearing on Dr. Phil’s TV show she said that she had always received favorable reviews. Many students and teachers supported her with the exception of one colleague who recommended that she should not be kept as a teacher because her past was sinful. This sinful act had happened 20 years ago. Dr. Phil asked: “How a school could be sure she wouldn’t go back to adult industry?” She replied: “I’ve got my medications. I’ve found God. I’ve got my education. I’ve done everything I could possibly do to prove that I’m a different person now.”
Anybody there listening? No! It was America. She was on the road again.
“Let all bitterness, and wrath and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And ye be kind one to another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31)
The words ‘repent’, ‘repentance’ and ‘repented’ are mentioned over 100 times in Bible. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...” Act 3:19
“Mujhe Jeeney Do” was a bold and beautiful film made by Sunil Dutt in which he had tried to tackle the plight of a reformed individual. I am under excruciating mental stress and can’t reach upon any conclusion about the fate of the two ex-adult actors. Were the judgments of courts and actions of the administration fair in the eyes of God and society?
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