So the big news this past week has been the outcry over beloved Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s firing after it was revealed that he did not go to the police after becoming aware of at least one instance of child sexual abuse by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. As has been well-reported over the past two weeks, Sandusky has now been arrested and charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse involving eight boys over a 15-year period, Paterno was dismissed, and Penn State students stupidly (in what can only be chalked up to the stubborn and morally blind folly of youth) began rioting in protest over Paterno’s firing. Yeesh.
Now the controversy has gotten personal for the gay community after several people have somehow (???) connected Sandusky’s actions with a debate over sexual fluidity and whether gay parents should be able to adopt.
According to the Huffington Post, it began with Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, who used the much-publicized breakup of Toronto’s famed “gay” penguins as representative of “the fluidity” of sexual orientation before turning his attention to Sandusky. “It’s a simple, stubborn fact that homosexuals molest children at much higher rates than the heterosexual population,” Fischer said. “This is one of the reasons the Boy Scouts have every right to keep homosexuals from becoming Boy Scout leaders.”
Then Arkansas Family Council’s Jerry Cox appeared on the NPR news and analysis show “To The Point” and used Sandusky’s case as an argument against same-sex adoption. “I find it interesting that we talk about the Penn State situation, and then when we talk about people who claim to have these rights to adopt or foster; in both cases, the children’s rights get put in second place,” Cox told host Warren Olney, after a gay parent from L.A. spoke about the rigorous adoption process to which he and his partner were subjected. “If those are the only two choices — a child be institutionalized or in a same-sex home — I would like to challenge this and say, maybe the state can do better than that. I blame the state for that. These children need a place to recover.”
Olney had covered the Penn State news just before switching topics to the LGBT adoption process.
My response is…What? We don’t start debating whether men should not be allowed to marry women after a guy is arrested for domestic abuse. We don’t start debating whether women should be allowed to have children after a mother does something horrible. And we don’t call out every religious institution when someone does something crazy in the name of their religious manual of choice. And we shouldn’t be debating this. The fact is, there are people in the world who are going to do terrible things. Period. Just because a story has to do with sex shouldn’t automatically shine a spotlight on gays, especially a story as tragic as this one.
Via Huffington Post.