By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. ( articles - email ) | Sep 16, 2003
This is interesting. A gay advocacy group says the secular media has "unfairly" stereotyped homosexuals in its coverage of the clergy sex-abuse scandal. The researchers claim that homosexuals are not more likely to commit child abuse than heterosexual men.
Of course, that claim obscures the fact that most of the cases involved adult men seeking to have sexual relations with post-pubescent males, which is not properly pedophilia, according to psychologists. (I know that CWN reader Shrink has much to say on this issue.)
The article linked above includes a similar rebuttal from a conservative pro-family group:
Russell's findings, however, are sharply at odds with the views of Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute with Concerned Women for America. "Since one-third to one-half of all child molestations are committed by men against boys, and homosexual men comprise less than 2 percent of the population, this means that the ratio of child molesters among homosexuals is far, far higher than among the rest of the population," Knight said.I would add that the homosexual sub-culture is far more prone to glorifying and promoting sex with young men. Many of the "mainstream" homosexual activist groups promote the lowering of the age of consent to as low as 11, and even much of homosexual media print stories about what they call "chicken-hawking."
"This doesn't mean all homosexuals molest children, but it means that the problem is far greater within the homosexual community, and the Catholic scandal only underlines that point. More than 80 percent of the victims were teenage boys molested by homosexual priests," Knight added.
My take is that the secular media avoided the homosexual sub-text of the Scandal rather than explicitly made the linkage. Any linkage they made was definitely unintentional.
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