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Anti-Gay Activists Turn Penn State Scandal Into Horror Story About Homosexuality

November 17, 2011 2:54 pm ET

Anti-gay activists have been jumping at the opportunity to turn the Penn State child molestation scandal into an excuse to attack gays and lesbians. Leaders of groups like the American Family Association and Americans For Truth About Homosexuality have cited the story as evidence that gay men are more likely to engage in pedophilia, while others have lamented the scandal as an inevitable outcome of society’s “anything goes” attitude towards sexuality, including homosexuality.

Anti-Gay Activists Use Penn State Scandal To Attack Homosexuality, “Homosexual Marriage”

American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer: “This Illustrates The Truth... That Homosexuals Molest Children At Much Higher Rates Than The Heterosexual Population.” During the November 10 edition of the American Family Association’s (AFA) “Focal Point” radio show, AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer said:

FISCHER: I think the main takeaway from this, and this is what people do not want to focus on, this is what the media does not want any attention drawn to, is that what this illustrates is the truth, it’s a simple stubborn fact, that homosexuals molest children at much higher rates than the heterosexual population. And this is a fact of life that the gay lobby does not want us to know but this illustrates it. This man has victims that are in the dozens, minimum, and likely much more than that. And again, I went over this the other day so I’m not going to repeat all of the evidence for you because it’s abundant. This is in peer-reviewed publications like the Sexual Offending Against Children report, the Journal of Sex Research, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and what they have discovered is that homosexual or bisexual men are approximately ten times more likely to molest children than heterosexual men. [AFA’s “Focal Point,” 11/10/11]

WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah Suggests Molestation Was Unreported Due To Fear Of Being Accused Of Homophobia. In a November 16 column for WorldNetDaily, Joseph Farah wrote:

We may not fully understand the details of what Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky did or didn't do to young boys in locker rooms and showers, though he does admit inappropriate behavior. But the real question is how he did it for so long without consequences.

But now that being accused of homophobia is considered an offense, while practicing homosexuality is considered a virtue, should it really surprise anyone that such behavior would go unreported or unchallenged for so long?

In an age when government schools are actually teaching children how to perform homosexual acts and that there is nothing wrong with them, it would seem that an environment conducive for predators of children is being created under the watchful eye of the state and the media.

Remember also that Penn State is a public university. There is probably no institution more conscious of the new "sin" of homophobia than the American college campus. There are few imaginable offenses more grievous than homophobia in that environment. One pays a price for exhibiting any symptoms of this dread disease – especially in academia. [WorldNetDaily, 11/16/11]

WND’s David A. Noebel: Homosexuality And Pedophilia Are Both “Deviant, Degenerate, And Disgusting.” In a November 15 column for WorldNetDaily, former Summit Ministries president David A. Noebel wrote:

Could it be that there is still an ethical absolute? Wouldn't it be ironic to witness the demise of moral relativism at the hands of liberalism's most cherished activity – homosexuality? Yes, Virginia, there is truth after all. It is always ethically wrong for a grown man to violate a 10-year-old boy.

The scandal centers on Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, whose alleged pedophilic acts involved boys (8 at present, but the count is rising) as young as 10. His sexual abuse of these boys is not fit family reading material, making it difficult to fully comprehend the seriousness of the case. Indeed, the subject of homosexual activity is likewise difficult to discuss in public. Neither practice provides table talk material. Both are deviant, degenerate and disgusting.

Homosexuality in America is now out of the closet, front and  center (and has been for some time). Now homosexual man/boy activity (pederasty) is under the microscope, its normality, genetic implications and social acceptance being examined.

From what we are witnessing at Penn State and the firing of its president, Dr. Graham Spanier, and beloved head football coach, Joe Paterno, it appears that the public in general and the university trustees in particular are voting against man/boy activity – the same kind of activity being promoted in our society within NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

In other words, our libertine culture is in the process of making pederasty as acceptable as the lavender revolution itself. [WorldNetDaily, 11/15/11]

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera: “This Was A Case Of A Serial Homosexual Predator Raping Boys.” In a November 10 press release, Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, wrote:

Sandusky is married but obviously has a homosexuality (perversion) problem. Yet pro-“gay” liberals will deny any linkage between homosexuality and Sandusky’s rape/seduction of boys. In fact, after news of the Penn State scandal came to light, “gay” activists stressed that Sandusky is married and that most pedophile cases involve “straight, married men.” However, behavior is what matters – not a person’s marital status or self-described “sexual orientation.” Sandusky was married but was he really “straight” (sexually or morally)? Some inner demons or life traumas – probably in his own youth – caused him to lust for boys, wrecking untold misery in the lives of his victims. Behavior is the issue, and this was a case of a serial homosexual predator raping boys. [AFTAH press release, 11/10/11]

Michael Brown: “A Man Who Is Sexually Involved With Boys Is A Homosexual Pedophile.” In a November 15 column for OneNewsNow, anti-gay activist Michael Brown urged Rush Limbaugh to make the homosexuality-pedophilia connection, writing:

It was surprising to hear Rush Limbaugh say the words, "I don't have the guts to bring it up" -- but he did, on November 8, to his massive radio audience. [...]

What is it that, in his words, could end his career? What is it about the Penn State scandal that is "glaring; it's right in front of everybody," and yet "Nobody has the guts to actually give the explanation for what was going on and why there was trepidation in reporting it"?
Could it be that the sex abuse scandal involved a man allegedly abusing boys, meaning that the acts were homosexual in nature? And could it be that even Rush Limbaugh didn't have the guts to address this? (Contrary to the protestations of some, a man who is sexually involved with boys is a homosexual pedophile; a man who is sexually involved with girls is a heterosexual pedophile.)
Of course, the fact there are homosexual pedophiles does not mean that all (or most) gays are child abusers. Certainly not! And yet even Rush Limbaugh, it appears, would not address this directly. [...]

But we return to Rush. If, in fact, I misunderstood him, then he has my profound apology. If I understood him correctly, then he has my profound appeal: Speak up, Rush, and don't be afraid. Surely you have the guts. [OneNewsNow, 11/15/11]

Cal Thomas: Penn State Scandal A Result Of “Culture That Forbids Almost Nothing,” Including Homosexuality. On November 14, Washington Examiner columnist Cal Thomas wrote:

On its website, the American Psychological Association brags, "Since 1975, the American Psychological Association has called on psychologists to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientations."

It once considered such behavior otherwise, and while even most conservatives no longer regard homosexuality as a mental illness, many still regard it as sinful. That theological diagnosis, too, has been discarded in our increasingly secular and anomalous society where everything is to be tolerated except those people who assert that, according to a standard higher than opinion polls, some things remain intolerable.

What changed? Pressure groups aided by secular education and the entertainment industry. [...]

What we tolerate and promote we get more of, and what we discourage and reject we get less of. C.S. Lewis said it best in "The Abolition of Man": "In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful."

The message at Penn State was that we live in a culture that forbids almost nothing. Jerry Sandusky apparently believed that and crossed one of the few remaining lines of morality left in our culture. But even that line might soon be erased if the pressure groups and their campaign contributions grow large enough. [Washington Examiner, 11/14/11]

Pat Buchanan: Acceptance Of “Homosexual Marriage” Contributed To Penn State Scandal. During a November 15 interview for TruNews Radio with Rick Wiles, Pat Buchanan argued:

BUCHANAN: Let’s take this Penn State thing. Of course it’s a horrible disgrace for someone who is a national icon – Joe Paterno – to have remained silent in the face of these horrors that were going on but, you know, these horrors – there’s an organization that marches in the gay pride parade in New York called, used to, called the North American Man Boy Love Association, which advocated voluntary sex along the lines of exactly what was going on at Penn State. And we had many of our icons – political icons have marched in that parade right behind that NAMBLA float. And this is America. Now that would not have occurred in the 1950s in America. It would not have happened. People would have said ‘what kind of idiocy, insanity is this. But this is now, I mean homosexual marriage is now the civil rights cause of the decade. [TruNews Radio, via Media Matters, 11/15/11]

American Family Association Of Pennsylvania’s Diane Gramley: “Anything Goes” Attitude Led To Child Molestation Scandal. An article for OneNewsNow reported on Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania:

"Although he definitely did not fulfill his moral obligation to do more than what he did, he acknowledges that," she points out. "But I think that we need to look more at the [roles of] Gary Schultz and Tim Curley."

Gramley was relieved that President Graham Spanier was also excused from his job, as she has advocated his dismissal for years because of his promotion of the homosexual agenda on campus.

"They played games that were geared to body parts. They also had ... sex fairs, and they had the same type games," the pro-family group president reports. "They had Larry Flynt come in. Of course, he's the publisher of Hustler magazine, and he came in as a speaker."

Now, as the school searches for new leadership, Gramley says it is not enough to find a new president who merely has lobbying and fundraising skills, but it is important to find one who recognizes the dangers of permitting an "anything goes" attitude. [OneNewsNow, 11/15/11]

Arkansas Family Council’s Jerry Cox: Penn State Scandal Reveals Problems With Same-Sex Parenting. In an interview for Public Radio International’s “To The Point” radio show, Jerry Cox of the Arkansas Family Council said: 

COX: I find it interesting that we talk about the Penn State situation and then we talk about other situations where certain categories of people say ‘it’s alright to adopt, it’s alright to be a foster parent. In both of those situations, the rights of the children seem to have been put second place. [...]

If you have a same-sex couple with an adoptive child, what you’re in effect saying is that moms don’t matter or dads don’t matter. You’re saying that one of the genders doesn’t matter. And the research is really to the contrary. The research seems to indicate that children fare much better if they are much better if they are in a stable home, male mother and father. [PRI’s “To The Point,” 11/11/11]

Scientific Research Has Found No Credible Link Between Homosexuality And Pedophilia

APA: “Homosexual Men Are Not More Likely To Sexually Abuse Children Than Heterosexual Men Are.” According to the American Psychological Association:

Studies on who commits child sexual abuse vary in their findings, but the most common finding is that the majority of sexual offenders are family members or are otherwise known to the child. Sexual abuse by strangers is not nearly as common as sexual abuse by family members. Research further shows that men perpetrate most instances of sexual abuse, but there are cases in which women are the offenders. Despite a common myth, homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are. [APA, accessed 11/17/11]

Credible Research Has Found No Link Between Homosexuality And Pedophilia. According to Dr. Gregory M. Herek, Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Davis:

Reflecting the results of these and other studies, the mainstream view among researchers and professionals who work in the area of child sexual abuse is that homosexual and bisexual men do not pose any special threat to children. For example, in one review of the scientific literature, noted authority Dr. A. Nicholas Groth wrote: 

Are homosexual adults in general sexually attracted to children and are preadolescent children at greater risk of molestation from homosexual adults than from heterosexual adults? There is no reason to believe so. The research to date all points to there being no significant relationship between a homosexual lifestyle and child molestation. There appears to be practically no reportage of sexual molestation of girls by lesbian adults, and the adult male who sexually molests young boys is not likely to be homosexual (Groth & Gary, 1982, p. 147).

In a more recent literature review, Dr. Nathaniel McConaghy (1998) similarly cautioned against confusing homosexuality with pedophilia. He noted, "The man who offends against prepubertal or immediately postpubertal boys is typically not sexually interested in older men or in women" (p. 259).

This well known lack of a linkage between homosexuality and child molestation accounts for why relatively little research has directly addressed the issue. Proving something we already know simply isn't a priority. Indeed, a commentary that accompanied publication of the 1994 study by Jenny et al. in Pediatrics noted that debates about gay people as molesters "have little to do with everyday child abuse" and lamented that they distract lawmakers and the public from dealing with the real problem of children's sexual mistreatment (Krugman, 1994). [“Facts About Homosexuality And Child Molestation,” accessed 11/17/11]

Expert: Evidence Of Homosexuality-Pedophilia Link Is Misinterpreted, Methodologically Flawed. According to Dr. Herek:

Some conservative groups have argued that scientific research strongly supports their claims that homosexuality and pedophilia are linked. The Family Research Council has produced what is perhaps the most extensive attempt to document this claim. It is an article by Timothy J. Dailey titled Homosexuality and Child Abuse.

With 76 footnotes, many of them referring to papers in scientific journals, it appears at first glance to be a thorough and scholarly discussion of the issue. On further examination, however, its central argument – that "the evidence indicates that homosexual men molest boys at rates grossly disproportionate to the rates at which heterosexual men molest girls" – doesn't hold up.[...]

Most of the studies they referenced did not even assess the sexual orientation of abusers. Two studies explicitly concluded that sexual orientation and child molestation are unrelated. Notably, the FRC failed to cite the 1978 study by Groth and Birnbaum, which also contradicted their argument. Only one study (Erickson et al., 1988) might be interpreted as supporting the FRC argument, and it failed to detail its measurement procedures and did not differentiate bisexual from homosexual offenders. [“Facts About Homosexuality And Child Molestation,” accessed 11/17/11]

Expert: Men Who Molest Young Boys Aren’t Necessarily Gay. According to Joe Kort, Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University’s School of Social Work:

To call child molestation of a boy by a man "homosexual" or of a girl by a man "heterosexual" is to misunderstand pedophilia. No true pedophile is attracted to adults, so neither homosexuality nor heterosexuality applies. Accordingly, Herek suggests calling men's sexual abuse of boys "male-male molestation" and men's abuse of girls, "male-female molestation."

Interestingly, Anna C. Salter writes, in "Predators, Pedophiles, Rapists and other Sex Offenders", that when a man molests little girls, we call him a "pedophile" and not a "heterosexual." Of course, when a man molests little boys, people say outright, or mutter under their breath, "homosexual. Herek writes that because of our society's aversion to male homosexuality, and the attempts made by some to represent gay men as a danger to "family values," many in our society immediately think of male-male molestation as homosexuality. He compares this with the time when African Americans were often falsely accused of raping white women, and when medieval Jews were accused of murdering Christian babies in ritual sacrifices. Both are examples of how mainstream society eagerly jumped to conclusions to that justified discrimination and violence against these minorities. [Psychology Today, 9/15/08]

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