Just because you can physically and sexually assault your step-sons doesn't mean you should.
Subsequently, when one step-son has grown up and decides he wants people to know about the abuse he suffered from the hands of his step-father, doesn't mean you should sue your step-son.
That's what one Calvary Chapel pastor (yes, a pastor) is doing. Bob Greneier, pastor of Calvary Chapel in Visalia, California, is suing his step-son, Alex Grenier and former church member, Tim Taylor for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to defame because Alex started a blog detailing his abuse as a child and his concerns about Bob's misuse of his role as pastor at Calvary Chapel. Tim has stood beside Alex and has corroborated his story.
Originally (2004-05), Alex went before Bob and the Calvary Chapel elders to express his concern about Bob being a pastor at Calvary given the abuse that he and his brother Paul received by the hands of Bob. The elders and the higher-ups at Calvary Chapel did nothing to address the grievances Alex expressed. Meanwhile, Bob maintained his role as pastor at Calvary Chapel and volunteer chaplain at the Visalia Police Department.
Alex's brother Paul has corroborated his story and has given full detailed accounts of the horrific abuse that he experienced as a child.
There's so much more to this story. Others have documented it very well. Take a start by looking here and here.
Alex has filed an anti-SLAPP motion. A tentative ruling will be made today, with the court hearing scheduled for February 26th.
I have more thoughts regarding how some churches have chosen to handle cases of domestic violence (spousal abuse or child abuse) which I will share at another time. Given what happened not too long ago at Penn State, I believe that many people are done with institutions covering up cases of abuse.