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Posts for April, 2008

Pope Draws Distinction Between Homosexuality and Pedophilia

Jim Burroway

April 15th, 2008

The New York Times reports this morning on comments Pope Benedict XVI made with reporters during his flight to the United States. He talked about the clergy sexual abuse scandal that has affected more than 5,000 victims and cost the church more than $2 billion. He described the scandals as a “great suffering for the church” and for him personally, saying “We are deeply ashamed and we will do what is possible that this cannot happen in the future.”

During the discussion, the pontiff indicated that he recognized the distinction between homosexuality and pedophilia:

Apparently drawing a distinction between priests with homosexual tendencies and those inclined to molest children, the Pontiff said “I would not speak at this moment about homosexuality, but pedophilia which is another thing. And we would absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry.”

This would be welcome news, but the rest of the church appears not to have gotten the memo. In response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal, the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2005 issued instructions barring gay men entering holy orders unless they had “overcome” for at least three years. This led to a virtual witch hunt within many seminaries, while priests faced increasing stigmatization within their dioceses. Meanwhile, abuse victim advocates accuse the pope of protecting nineteen bishops who they say have been “credibly accused of abusing children.”

You can learn more about the fals link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse in our report, “Testing the Premise: Are Gays a Threat To Our Children?”

No Mr. O’Neil, Boy-Rape isn’t “Gay Subtext”

Timothy Kincaid

January 26th, 2008

glaad.jpgThe past year’s gay representation in mainstream Hollywood movies has been less than encouraging. So when the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced its nominees for Film-Wide Release there wasn’t much to pick from.

But Tom O’Neil, writing on the LA Times’ The Envelope website thought they missed one

One great film with a gay subtext got overlooked by other awards this derby season and deserved to be noted here, but wasn’t: “The Kite Runner,” which contains a controversial boy-rape scene. Why did GLAAD wimp out?

I’ve not seen the movie but I have read the book. Unless they greatly differ, there are no gay characters in this movie. (Spoiler Warning) There is one character that as a youth rapes another boy out of aggression and then grows up to continue molesting children, both girls and boys. There is nothing whatsoever that suggests that this character is attracted to adult males, nor would such linkage be admirable and deserving of recognition.

Suggesting that a rape scene is gay subtext that somehow would be awarded by GLAAD is beyond stupid and offensive. If you agree, feel free to let the Times know.

She Didn’t Really Say That, Did She?

Jim Burroway

April 3rd, 2006

I’m afraid she did:

We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have, in some instances, adopted them in order to have unfretted [sic] access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse.

– Tenn. State Rep. Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville)

Tenn Rep. Debra HaggartRep. Maggart made these comments in an e-mail to Sara Dykstra, a master’s student in special education at Vanderbilt University. Ms. Dykstra had written to members of the Tennessee House Committee on Children and Family Affairs after hearing about legislation the committee was considering which would ban gay couples from foster parenting and adoption.

The Tennessee legislature is busy considering at least six different bills which would affect gay and lesbian parents in such areas as adoption, foster parenting, visitation rights, and custody. And it appears that such preoccupation invites a lot of misinformation and bigotry into the process.

Wherever anti-gay extremists gather, you can safely bet your paycheck that someone will soon level the charge that gays are obsessed with molesting children. Unfortunately, this charge isn’t unusual where unpopular minorities are concerned. Some observers have compared this to the “blood libel” that had historically been leveled against Jews (the myth that Jews kidnap Christian babies for blood sacrifices). But Rep. Maggart takes this particular libel against gays and lesbians to a whole new level of depravity.

Extensive research on child sexual abuse has shown, time and time again, that this charge simply is not true. And the outrageous thing about it, many of the anti-gay “experts” know full well it’s not true — they’ve read these studies themselves. But they deliberately distort these findings in their so-called “research” to keep their libel fresh with the “Authority of Science.” You can learn more about how they do this — and what the experts really have to say about child sexual abuse — in Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?