The Sandusky Principle

Rob Tisinai

February 5th, 2013

As the Boy Scouts decides on its policy toward gays, many of our opponents are clamoring about gays and pedophilia, some of them even invoking the strange, self-negating example of Jerry Sandusky, the heterosexually-married child molester.

Others are shying away from the pedophilia connection. Instead they ask whether you’d let a straight man take a troop of girl into the woods for an overnight stay. That sounds so reasonable it’s enough to give you a moment’s pause.

But just a short moment. Because if you’re trying to be reasonable you have to remember this fact:

You’re safer leaving your son in the care of a man who says that he’s gay than with a man who says that he’s not.

This seems like a good time to repost a video I made three years ago on that topic, inspired the research done by our host Jim Burroway:

Call it the Sandusky Principle. If we known about this criminal back when I made the video I’d have offered him up as an example.

One last thing, something I pointed out the clip: When our opponents demonize openly gay men and falsely shine the spotlight on us, they’re letting the real abusers hide in the darkness. And continue their abuse.


February 5th, 2013

can you please re-size the attached image/link as it takes up half the column to the right and i can’t read the stories underneath the overlap.

Rob Tisinai

February 5th, 2013



February 5th, 2013

Thanks Rob, I appreciate it.


February 5th, 2013

Love to see the rhetorical analysis, Rob.

The game belongs to the side that can deploy the pedo-card to their best advantage, the right to inflame fears, the left to allay them.

And the pedo-card is going to be played thicker and faster from here on out.

Thanks for addressing the question directly.

—-Didaskalos / Mark Miner


February 6th, 2013

The BSA permits straight women leaders. One of my troop’s most active adult leaders was one scout’s mother. I would be very surprised indeed to learn the GSA didn’t permit fathers to bee troop leaders. More importantly, it highlights another aspect of the silliness of that argument.


February 7th, 2013

Andrew Sullivan on this issue (as well as male leaders in Girl Scouts): “An outright ban on gay troop leaders and gay scouts merely encourages and helps legitimize the closet, which facilitates, as in the church, child-rape or abuse.”


February 7th, 2013

“When our opponents demonize openly gay men and falsely shine the spotlight on us, they’re letting the real abusers hide in the darkness.”

Agreed. Stereotyping gay men as child abusers is not only an insult to LGBTQ people, but a disservice to sexual abuse victims. If we’re going to prevent abuse, people need to discuss the real roots and correlations of abuse instead of blaming scapegoats.

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