It seems that the anti-gay religious crowd are against homosexuality not only because it’s a sin, but also that “all the studies show that most child molesters are gay”.
That second reason is why they don’t want the Boy Scouts of America to allow LGBT people involved in their community, and why they don’t want their kids “exposed to the risk of child abuse.” And yet, seriously, they make their own kids go listen to a priest speak every week, and if they’re not homeschooling them, they’re sending them to religious schools connected to a church. I mean, while we’re making negative associations, how do they ignore how often victims come forward and say they were molested by priests?
I know a little bit about priests. Priests are weird people. Every priest I ever had made me very uncomfortable. When I was 7-10 years old, Father H.L. was the Monsignor. He was funny sometimes in his sermons, which won him my approval, and so I didn’t really think about it when he’d massage my shoulders while I waited in line for the bathroom. I mean, he massaged other kids boys, too, and in public, but you know what? The first things I learned about priests were that they can talk to God, and they molest kids.
I always heard old stories about past priests at my very school who were accused of “molestation”. It made me very afraid and very mistrustful of them. I luckily never got more than an “innocent” massage, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen to others in my classroom.
Another priest I had was Father LaRose. Again, funny sermons (very important; there’s nothing scarier than a potential child molester who isn’t even funny), but he clearly had a serious drinking problem, not to mention he had a filthy mouth and no respect for children.
Do these Family Research Council nutbars really think that some people choose to be gay, and then immediately start molesting boys? What about gay priests? They chose to be gay and then chose to be priests and it’s okay as long as they don’t tell anybody?” What’s that about?
And why do they pay attention to this one “statistic” about gay molesters but generally ignore other data about everything else from science to guns to every other facet of human behavior? They love that one little statistic. And why shouldn’t they when it’s their own creation?