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WND's Farah: "By Definition, Only Homosexual Priests Would ... Molest Boys"

August 01, 2013 11:26 am ET by Luke Brinker

WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah has a penchant for making incredibly homophobic statements, so it's no surprise that he seized on Pope Francis's recent comments on gay priests to attack gays as pedophiles.

In a July 31 column for, Farah criticized the media's "jubilation" over the pope's statement that it wasn't his place to "judge" gay priests. According to Farah, media coverage of Francis's remark missed one crucial fact. Reporters, Farah charged, are "covering up" the link between homosexuality and the Church's pedophilia scandal:

While it was a somewhat ambiguous question and a more ambiguous answer, what's most troubling to me is the complete silence of the press on the matter of the molestations. By definition, only homosexual priests would even be inclined to molest boys.


I suspect most priests who molest boys are not people of goodwill who are sincerely seeking the Lord. I also suspect most of the homosexual priests who molested boys took an oath of abstinence. They not only broke their oath but the trust of the church and the law.

How did the church respond all too often? By transferring those priests to other venues and covering up their crimes.

Why no follow-up?

Because the press is an integral part of the cultural amen chorus for the homosexual political agenda.

The molestation scandal, which, by definition, was a homosexual scandal of epic proportions, wasn't even an afterthought for the major media. It was like it never happened. [emphasis added]

Such rhetoric is par for the course for Farah. In 2011, for instance, he joined the chorus of far-right commentators blaming the Penn State football program's child rape scandal on American culture's increased acceptance of gays and lesbians.

There's one problem with Farah's consistent claim that pedophilia can be chalked up to homosexuality: it isn't supported by data. As University of California, Davis psychology professor Gregory M. Herek reported:

For the present discussion, the important point is that many child molesters cannot be meaningfully described as homosexuals, heterosexuals, or bisexuals (in the usual sense of those terms) because they are not really capable of a relationship with an adult man or woman. Instead of gender, their sexual attractions are based primarily on age. These individuals - who are often characterized as fixated - are attracted to children, not to men or women.

Using the fixated-regressed distinction, Groth and Birnbaum (1978) studied 175 adult males who were convicted in Massachusetts of sexual assault against a child. None of the men had an exclusively homosexual adult sexual orientation. 83 (47%) were classified as "fixated;" 70 others (40%) were classified as regressed adult heterosexuals; the remaining 22 (13%) were classified as regressed adult bisexuals. Of the last group, Groth and Birnbaum observed that "in their adult relationships they engaged in sex on occasion with men as well as with women. However, in no case did this attraction to men exceed their preference for women....There were no men who were primarily sexually attracted to other adult males..."

As the custodian of a website that continues to propagate birther conspiracy theories, Farah's baseless smears against gays dovetail nicely with WND's proud tradition of fact-free "journalism."


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