Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
Now they want you to believe that sexual orientation, aka “them queers”, is what made Mark Foley do what he did.
First it was Foley’s ludicrous assertion that alcohol made him do it (a slam to drunks everywhere), then it was the Catholic Church (smearing the millions of catlicks throughout the country), and now it’s “I’m gay”. And right on cue, here come the gay bashers out of the woodwork, trying to spin “Predatorgate” into another homophobic diatribe and rally the Republican Qaeda.
The Times notes this morning that the harbringer of virtue and morality himself, Pat Buchanan, got the ball rolling the other night “when he announced on MSNBC that “there’s a proclivity” toward child abuse among homosexuals. “Is it a coincidence that 90 percent of the victims of the priests and the other folks who abuse those altar boys and others, 90 percent of the victims were boys, 90 percent of the perpetrators were men?” he asked.
No, it’s not a “coincidence”, Patty, because your numbers are wrong. As the Times editorial blithely notes “What Mr. Foley did was not about his sexual orientation. Anyone who imagines that gay men pose a particular threat to American children need only contemplate the grisly crimes recently perpetrated on young girls in schoolhouse assaults by psychotic heterosexuals.”
In fact, most pedophiles don’t have a sexual orientation, and most male pedophiles molest both boys and girls equally. Technically, if asked to pigeonhole a pedophile, most psychologists who study this problem would link pedophiles as heterosexual in nature. And as the link above notes too, by definition, Foley doesn’t sound so much like a pedophile as he does a hebephile, who are adults attracted to pubescent adolescents (teens who have reached puberty) as opposed to pre-pubescent children.
But don’t let a few facts get in the way. Buchanan’s outright lies are just the tip of the iceberg. As Ornicus points out, Tony “psycho” Perkins and his Family Research Council released a press statement that said “We are all shocked by this spectacle of aberrant sexual behavior, but we shouldn’t be. This is the end result of a society that rejects sexual restraints in the name of diversity.”
Er, “diversity” caused this? Tolerance caused this? Sounds to me like Republicans in Congress caused this, Tony, and that sexual orientation or “diversity” doesn’t have squat to do with it.
Even David Brooks tries to obfuscate the issue of sexual orientation and politics by ignorantly attempting to link Foley’s abysmal and very much real behavior, with a scene from Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues”. The scene, involving the “sexual awakening” of a 16 year old girl and with an older woman, was originally written with the girl as 13 years old. Brooks says that the “liberal” audiences who attend this play “roar in approval” over this scene, but somehow are aghast when a Republican “congressman flirts with a page.”
Incredible. Apparently David Brooks is unable to differentiate real life (Foley) from fantasy (a play). But if I were a Republican right about now, I’d be confusing the two as well.
That this “scandal” is eventually going to focus on several gay staffers at the congressional level (as predicted by Lawrence O’Donnell last night on Joe Scarborough), shows that the Republican party, the party of criminals and sex perverts, will no doubt return to its roots and use the same issue it’s used the last three election cycles to hold on to power: get the queers.
But I’m beginning to think not even gay bashing is going to save this stinking ship of fools.