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Wheaton College Statement on U.S. v. Dennis Hastert Conviction and Sentencing

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May 2, 2016

Because Wheaton College houses a center formerly named The J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy, the College has received a number of requests for comment on the sentencing of former U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert.

Wheaton College serves Jesus Christ and advances His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide. All students, faculty, staff and administration agree annually to our Community Covenant, which calls for Christ-like love, pursuit of holiness, and treatment of our bodies and those of others with honor. Scripture calls on all followers of Christ to seek righteousness, mercy and justice, particularly for the helpless and oppressed; to love and side with what is good in God’s eyes; and to abhor what is evil.

Sexual abuse is clearly and fundamentally incompatible with Christian ethics. This includes the sexual abuse of minors that Dennis Hastert has publicly acknowledged. The College is grieved by these revelations, respects the legal process that has led to accountability for Mr. Hastert’s acknowledged crimes, and continues to pray for the people and victims he harmed.

Earlier statements on this matter are available here.

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