I don’t do political posts much. Not even ALA politics. But sometimes…
My local paper has this article today on the Foley scandal. I’m not going to recount what’s there.
What I can’t help but note, however, is the way Tony Perkins of the “Family” Research Council spins the story, all too typical of various “Family” groups (I use scare quotes because these groups use such a narrow definition of family):
Perkins said neither party “seems likely to address the real issue, which is the link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse … ignoring this reality got the Catholic Church into trouble over abusive priests, and now it is doing the same to the House GOP leadership.”
Isn’t that sweet? Either Perkins is accusing Mark Foley of being gay (from FRC, it’s an accusation, not a label) or Perkins is just trying to shift the focus from a specific and real situation to FRC’s phantom devils.
I don’t use the word “evil” much. Sometimes it’s difficult to avoid the word.
Update: If Slate is to be believed (not always a given), Mark Foley may be a closet gay. That really doesn’t change the situation. The story is about pedophilia and power relationships; Foley’s sexual orientation is irrelevant. [Perhaps not to some fraction of Republican voters, which may have a lot to do with “closeted,” but that’s a different story. What he does on his own time with consenting adults is entirely his own business.]