Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Repost - Should white women be teaching children?

Since the religious right continues to exploit the unfortunate Frank Lombard situation, I thought that this would be an appropriate repost. It's a piece I wrote last weekend:

Because of the recent Frank Lombard controversy, the case of the gay Duke University official who is accused of raping his adopted 5-year-old son, the religious right and conservative pundits in general have been accusing the media of playing down Lombard's homosexuality due to political correctness.

World Net Daily has even accused CNN, the Associated Press,and ABC News of not even mentioning the fact that Lombard is gay.

Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage says that we must ask questions about these things (i.e. how much did Lombard's orientation lead to him being allowed to adopt the child) and not let homophobia dissuade us.

I say they have a point and this why:

Ranee Sue Proper, a 42-year-old former music teacher, was arrested for allegedly having sex with two students in a classroom. She was sentenced June 3 to nine months in jail and years probation after pleading guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct.

Melissa Weber, a 27-year-old New York City social studies teacher is accused of having sex in her classroom with a 14-year-old male student. She was arrested May 28.

Jennifer Rice, a 33-year-old former Tacoma, Wash., elementary school teacher was found guilty on April 20 of having sex with a 10-year-old student and his 15-year-old brother.

Kelsey Peterson, a former Nebraska middle school math teacher, was sentenced on April 23 to eight to 10 years in prison for first-degree sexual assault of a minor. Peterson fled to Mexico with a 13-year-old student in October 2007.

Wendie Schweikert, a 37-year-old former South Carolina elementary school teacher, pleaded guilty to having sex with an 11-year-old student. In June 2007, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Debra Lafave, a former Florida middle school teacher, was sentenced to house arrest and probation in 2005 after pleading guilty to charges that she had sex with a 14-year-old student.

That's six recent cases of teachers having sex with minors. And what's the similarities between all six cases? These teachers were white women.

So why is the media downplaying this? There does seem to be a problem with white women not being able to keep their hands to themselves in teaching environments. If one case of a gay man molesting a child should warrant an outcry, then six cases of white women molesting children should warrant at least a 20/20 investigation.

And we shouldn't let political correctness keep us from asking crucial questions that may protect our children.

Questions like:

Aren't white women potentially susceptible to outrageous sexual behavior? There could be a point in this. How many black or Latino women do you see on those "Girls Gone Wild" commercials?

Aren't there more white female porn stars than any other ethnic group?

Look at Paris Hilton. She is a white woman. Would you want her teaching your child?

You know what . . . stop.

If you are still reading and are somehow angry at what I have just written, then you need to understand sarcasm.

The fact of the matter is that white women are not susceptible to outrageous sexual behavior and should not be judged as a whole on the behavior of those who have gotten into trouble.

And what Frank Lombard possibly did (he has not been tried yet) was wrong. It was vile and nasty. But any attempt to judge all gay men on him is equally vile and nasty.

No matter how it is spun, that is what the religious right and other pundits are trying to do. They don't see this case as a child being victimized.

They see it as an opportunity to get their agenda across. They see it as an opportunity to get some face time on places like Fox News or get some money sent in by naive folks who read and believe their drivel.

For every one Frank Lombard, there are thousands of adopted lgbt parents who love, protect, and nurture their children to the utmost of their ability.

I happen to know a few.

In the long run, it doesn't matter what sexual orientation, gender, or ethnic identity Lombard is.

A child has been potentially hurt; scarred for life.

His well-being is the only thing that truly matters in this case.

Anything, and I mean anything that distracts from that should be dismissed.

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Wednesday midday news briefs

The religious right is making our black men crazy!

Okay, I am stealing this one from Pams House Blend, but it's one of those videos that's just too damned funny to keep solely on one site. This is Minister Leroy Swailes testifying in DC before the Board of Elections and Ethics regarding the District's law that recognizes out of state marriages

This is a part of his testimony:

"A beast has four legs and one gender. If you put two men together, you have four legs and two penises...that's one gender -- that's a form of bestiality."

Lord hammercy! No wonder we won that one. I wonder if Swailes is too busy to testify in front of Congress regarding gays in the military, ENDA, and hate crimes legislation.

And while you are laughing at his testimony, read what his shirt says. It ain't THAT funny.

Also, a big hat tip to People for the American Way and HRC.

D.C. may revoke Rev. Jackson’s voter registration - Speaking of D.C., anti-gay pastor Harry Jackson may have been deceiving folks regarding his residency. Stay on the story, Washington Blade!

Focus on the deliberate poll misreads - Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council deliberately misreads a poll. It must be a week day.

State party votes to censure Mark Sanford - The South Carolina Republican Party to Mark Sanford - you have been a naughty, naughty boy. Don't ever do that again. I say it's a boon for us "radical gay activists" in South Carolina the next time they try to bring up one of those dreary Focus on the Family processed anti-gay laws.

Massachusetts State Senator Comes Out on Independence Day - My "gay ray" keeps missing Philip Seymour Hoffman. Oh well, welcome to the conspiracy, Stan Rosenberg. I take it that you have already been briefed on plans to take over America. Mass Resistance is going to go batshit over this one.

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Hate crimes legislation makes Doug Giles lose his mind

Doug Giles, a columnist with the conservative Townhall has just proven that the idea of adding sexual orientation to the hate crimes legislation is driving him and other conservatives crazy via a strange column.

His opening sentence should give you a clue that he is heading to looneyland with this piece:

If you’re a twisted adult who gets pleasure from having sex with 5-year-old boys (like Duke University’s Frank Lombard), or you like to shop for dates at the Metro Zoo, or enjoy smearing your body with feces and/or dabbin’ a little urine on your earlobes as you prep for sexy time with the corpse you dressed up like Bette Davis in your basement, then more than likely you are thanking Dionysus and your unclean demon that Liberals are running DC.

Yep, with the Liberals in the house your deviant behavior—along with over 500 additional unmentionables—could potentially be legitimized and federally protected against anyone who says you’re a crazy bastard who should undergo chemical castration and have your frontal lobe scraped for your aberrant bents.

Religious right and conservative attacks on hate crimes legislation are getting stranger and more pathetic. On the risk of beating a dead horse (I don't think I can match beating a dead horse the way Giles and company does, however), hate crimes legislation deal with violent action, not words.

And those things that Giles described are paraphalias, which are described as:

. . . fantasies, behaviors, or sexual urges focusing on unusual objects, activities, or situations . .

Paraphilias have nothing to do with sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation would be a category of protection under hate crimes legislation. Paraphalias would not be.

Not that this sort of thing matters to Giles and those who believe his words. As vile as his piece is, let there be some comfort his jump from logic to jugular grabbing shock is proof that he knows his side is losing this argument.

Editor's note - If you liked my piece on the phony organization, the American College of Pediatricians (ACP), be on the lookout for another piece I am working on about the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. This group is worse than the ACP.

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