A Christian youth group that is part of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Ind., recently produced a bizarre video that portrays a woman getting beaten.
Youth pastor Nate Utley and members of his Youth E.D.G.E Indy group were creating what they thought was a humorous video (below) for 7th graders about people who break the rules and the consequences.
According to AddictingInfo.org, in the video, Utley pretends to beat a woman with a baseball bat because she says, "shut up," and beats another girl over a pizza box.
Other punishments in the video include cutting off a boy's hand (using fake blood) and firing tennis balls at kids.
Domestic violence is an epidemic in the U.S., according to DomesticViolenceStatistics.org, which states, "Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten."
In response to online outrage, Colonial Hills Baptist Church took the video off their Facebook page.
According to StuffFundiesLike.com, the church issued an apology that read in part:
After posting this video online, several folks alerted us to a perspective that we had regretably (sic) overlooked. These friends expressed their concern that the video demonstrated a disrespect toward women, a trivializing of abuse, a depreciation of victims, and an undermining of the edifying grace of the gospel. While the video was certainly recorded to be more of a slap-stick spoof, we understand that our lack of discernment may have been hurtful for some and damaging to the cause of Christ.