Penn State, the Catholic Church, and ‘Glee’
The Penn State sex scandal has rocked not only the sport’s world but everybody’s world. As the story unfolds, the specifics get worse and worse. Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinators for Penn State University’s football team, is rumored to have been “pimping out young boys to rich donors,” says Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden. The scandal has led to the resignation of 84-year-old Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and the school’s president. Paterno has coached the Nittany Lions from 1966 through November 9, 2011. More heads are going to roll.
When parents of these sexually abused children contact their lawyers, there’s going to be a steep price to pay. If those who knew what Sandusky was doing to these teenagers at the athletic facilities of Penn State had immediately contacted the civil authorities, it would have been heartbreaking but it would have been over. Sandusky would have been stopped, no more children would have been abused and corrupted, and Penn State would have been lauded for their diligent efforts. University’s have a long history of moral autonomy. Historian Gary North writes:
[T]he Penn State crisis is representative of the West’s deep-rooted confusion over what constitutes justice and how justice conforms with a society’s institutional success indicators. The coverage also relates to the West’s misplaced trust in tax-funded bureaucracies. . . .
The mark of the university’s claim to legal sovereignty is the black academic gown. Judges wear them. So do graduates and professors. So do clerics. From the earliest days, universities demanded equal sovereign status with church and state. It was an illegitimate claim, but it has stuck.
College professors got their money from students in the old, old days. Students would not pay the flakes. Students’ standards prevailed. They established the success indicators. The substandard professors – always in the majority – hated this. It forced them into a free market. They changed the rules. Students henceforth paid the college. Mediocre professors run the college: majority rules. “He who can, does. He who can’t, teaches. He who can’t teach, administers.” This has been true for 800 years of university life.
Sandusky’s behavior with the boys was known for more than a decade, but because the university saw itself as a sovereign institution, equal to that of the civil sphere, it believed it could legitimately mete out justice or not. Here’s what Madden wrote in April of this year:
Allegations of improper conduct with an underage male first surfaced in 1998, while Sandusky was still employed by Penn State. That incident allegedly occurred in a shower at Penn State’s on-campus football facility. No charges were filed.
There was a grand cover-up to protect the school, the athletic department, the football team, recruiting1, and protecting the reputation of Joe Paterno. In the end, it was about money and moral autonomy. “The mark of this autonomy was the university police force. The professors and the students claimed near-immunity from city councils and city police. The university police’s #1 task was to keep city police off campus. Only secondarily were the university police to establish order on campus.”
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The Catholic Church has been heavily criticized for its “sex scandals” and the cover-ups, as it should have been. It was the Catholic church’s failure to act swiftly and decisively on the matter that disillusioned and enraged faithful church members. No one likes a cover-up, especially religious devotees who believe the church is a means of salvation.
Like the Catholic Church, Penn State has a homosexual problem, as do most colleges and universities in America. The administrations capitulated a long time ago. See the “University LGBT/Queer Programs: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual Queer Studies in the USA and Canada” website to see how pervasive the normative study of homosexuality is, and this doesn’t count the number of LGB Student Unions.
Is there a correlation between the normalization of homosexual acts and the practices of men like Jerry Sandusky? Remember, Sandusky was molesting these boys on the campus of Penn State, and people in the athletic department knew about it. I found this statement from a Penn State student quoted in the New York Times interesting:
Chanel Lange-Maney, a sophomore, said that in her gay and lesbian studies class on Wednesday, students debated whether a gay and lesbian students’ group should make a statement about the episode. No, they decided, to avoid associating homosexuality with child molestation.
First, it’s no wonder graduates from college are having a hard time getting jobs when they are sitting in “gay and lesbian studies” classes. That’s an area of study that every employer is looking for on a college transcript.
Second, pedophilia, contrary to what the psychiatric world thinks, is a type of homosexuality. The reason Sandusky is being charged with molestation is because society has not made it legal for older men and women to have sex with teenagers. In order to satisfy his innate urge, he has to break the law, the same thing homosexuals had to do before so many laws were changed. If the laws were changed, lowering the age of consent as homosexuals at NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) want done, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
It’s important that a high wall be built between pedophilia and run-of-the-mill homosexuality. Here’s an example:
In a blatant attempt to intermix homosexuality, an innate trait fixed at birth, with pedophilia, a psychological disorder, LaBarbera flouted his ignorance and bigoted hatred through none other than the decades-old Christian News Wire.2
Did you catch that? Homosexuality is “an innate trait fixed at birth” while “pedophilia [is] a psychological disorder.” I suspect that Mr. Sandusky would disagree like most pedophiles would. The homosexuals at NAMBLA might also want to get in on the discussion. Homosexuals have bullied the various psychiatric and psychological associations to change their views on homosexuality. This is why homosexuality is no longer considered a form of behavioral choice by mainstream psychologists and psychiatrists.
There are gradations of sexual desire and practice, as the homosexual community acknowledges. It’s not just “gay” anymore; it’s LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. Polygamists are next in line to add a letter to the already long sexual acronym.
There’s another factor to consider. Many homosexuals will tell you that when they very young they had been molested by an older authority figure. Chastity Bono (who is now the transgendered ‘Chas’), Anne Heche, and CNN anchor Don Lemon are just three examples. Peter LaBarbera’s extended comments on the Penn State scandal are instructive:
- Many openly homosexual (“gay”) men, like CNN anchor Don Lemon, were molested as boys or experienced abnormally early sexualization. Yet many of these same men do NOT see their boyhood victimization at the hands of homosexual male predators as causing their homosexuality. (This is due partly to the success of the modern “gay” movement that falsely ascribes “gayness” to a person’s (innate) identity, and emphasizes the ambiguous notion of “sexual orientation” as opposed to behavior that is sinful, destructive and changeable.)
- Thus, how many boy victims of homosexual predator Sandusky will end up believing that being homosexual (“gay”) is “who they are”? How many will struggle with sexual identity issues? And how many will be told by LGBT advocates and liberal-minded people just to “accept being gay” as “who they are” because they were “born that way”?
- Because the media and academia have largely become apologists for the modern homosexualist movement, they downplay or ignore obvious causative factors in the formation of “gay” identity — including pederastic molestation. CNN’s Lemon is a case in point: he is now an “out gay” celebrity, yet few question the absurdity of him not associating the molestation of his youth with his later embrace of homosexuality as a positive identity.
The media, academia, and the entertainment industry have led a moral assault to “define deviancy down” by indoctrinating young boys and girls to believe the myth that homosexuality is a legitimate sexual choice or an innate condition. Remove the taboo and the stigma of homosexuality by an appeal to tolerance, choice, and diversity, and the game is nearly won.
This is being done at a rapid pace. Homosexual propaganda pieces like It’s Elementary and That’s a Family! have been specifically designed to desensitize children to the abnormal nature of homosexuality. Helen Cohen, the producer of That’s a Family!, is unapologetic about her goal: “Now that we have this [film], we have an incredible opportunity to reach millions of children in this country through schools and community service organizations, family service organizations, and many, many other venues.”3
For an even more shocking propaganda push, see the article that appeared in the Boston Globe and Massachusetts News that describes a workshop that was sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education and was held at Tufts University. The target audience?: Teenagers. “One could see children as young as 12 or 13 at the conference participating and receiving “information and materials.” At one point in the workshop, a teacher “informed her adolescent students that it is okay if an older man approaches them for sexual gratification.”4
Then there is the attention-grabbing episode of Glee where two teenage boys “consummate” their love for one another by a sexual romp in the sack. Even a writer who does object to homosexuality had problems with the episode:
Gay, straight, lesbian, or bi, when did it become appropriate for teens to have sex with each other on prime time TV? Is this really the message that we want to send to our kids? . . .
Teenage sex leads to depression and other crappy stuff. Why is Hollywood trying to romanticize teenage relationships? Yeah, two couples (one gay, one straight) on the show gave themselves to one another, but will they be together in ten years?
Gay or straight, Hollywood should not be romanticizing sex amongst teenagers.
Young people are being told that sex before marriage is OK – any kind and with anybody. Their being told that marriage needs to be redefined. What moral compass does a teenager have today? How does he reject the advances of someone like Jerry Sandusky? You can imagine what was going through these young boys’ minds: “I mean, he’s a football coach. He’s married. He’s doing this to us at Penn State University in the hallowed locker rooms of the Nittany Lions. He had an office on campus and exercised on campus.Some of the employees know about what he was doing. The school has ‘gay and lesbian studies’ classes. What could be wrong with it? Yes, I was uncomfortable and feel ashamed, but that’s only because I’ve believed the stereotypical propaganda about homosexuality.”
This isn’t about hate. It’s about moral reality.
- A Fox News story states that “A standout high school offensive lineman from Colorado has turned his back on his verbal commitment to attend Penn State, becoming the first recruit the school has lost because of the ongoing sex scandal that has rocked the university to its core, the Coloradoan reported.” [↩]
- I’m not going to link to the site because it’s disgusting. [↩]
- Quoted by Beverly LaHaye, “Dear Friend” letter, Concerned Women of America (March 2002), 1. [↩]
- Brian Camenker and Scott Whiteman, “Kids Get Graphic Instruction in Homosexual Sex,” The Massachusetts News (June 200). The entire article can be found at http://www.massnews.com/maygsa.htm. It’s shocking. [↩]