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Keeping Pedophilia In Perspective

Assistant football coach and pedophile Jerry Sandusky has been charged and convicted for his crime of raping boys who were entrusted into his care.  A jury found him guilty of all but three of the forty eight charges against this sick individual after just two days of deliberation in June of this year.  And now we have a report from an independent investigation conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh and his firm that says several Penn State officials, including the late Joe Paterno knew about Mr. Sandusky’s proclivity for his heinous crimes and yet failed to do anything to protect children against this sexual predator who was harming children for years.

Penn State concealed Mr. Sandusky’s activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and the local authorities.  The report went on to say that Penn State leadership exhibited a striking lack of empathy for the children by failing to make their safety and well being a priority.  By failing to hold Mr. Sandusky accountable for his crimes Penn State empowered Mr. Sandusky to lure potential victims to the Penn State campus and Penn State sanctioned football events for unrestricted and unsupervised visitations.

On November 5, 2011 Mr. Sandusky was arrested for the abuse of children that occurred between 1994 and 2009.   He was sentenced to prison where more than likely he will spend the rest of his pathetic, miserable life. On November 7, Pennsylvania state police said that while Mr. Paterno may not have violated any laws, anyone with knowledge of possible crimes of sexual abuse against children had a moral responsibility to notify police.  On the night of November 8, in front of hundreds of Penn State students that had gathered in front of his home to support their football coach, Mr. Paterno thanked the crowd and said, “The kids who were victims, or whatever they want to say, I think we all ought to say a prayer for them.  It’s a tough life when people do certain things to you.”  How fucking noble.

Mr. Paterno announced the following day that he would voluntarily retire at the end of the football season.  But, the Board of Trustees decided to reject the offer to resign and instead voted to relieve him of his coaching duties effective immediately saying that growing outrage at the situation made it impossible for him to be effective.  President of the school Graham Spanier resigned rather than face being fired as well.  On January 13, 2012, Joe Paterno was hospitalized for complications related to lung cancer.  He died there on January 22, 2012.

President George H. W. Bush called Joe Paterno an outstanding American who was respected not only on the field of play but in life generally and he was without a doubt a true icon in the world of sports.  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said his legacy as the most winning coach in major college football and his philanthropy to Penn State and his players stand as monuments to his life. The Governor went on to say that Mr. Paterno’s place in history is secure.  All this is high praise indeed for a man who gave safe haven to a pedophile.  And what’s the reason for all the flowery compliments?  Because dude won a lot of football games.  To some people, winning football games is more important than the well being of children.

Way back in November of 2001 a seven foot tall bronzed statue of Joe Paterno was unveiled in front of Penn State’s Beaver Stadium after he broke Alabama State’s “Bear” Bryant’s career record for most wins by a college coach.  That was long before we uncovered Mr. Paterno’s willingness to tolerate the sexual abuse of children.  Now that we have a much clearer picture of who this man was, do we really want to keep such an impressive honor to a man who consorted with, even aided and abetted, a pedophile?

George Bush Sr. and Governor Corbett can describe Paterno as a hero all they want.  It wasn’t their children he was molesting.  It wasn’t the children of anybody they knew or cared about.  Mr. Paterno didn’t assault any children that they cared about.  It was just a bunch of poor kids who were probably looking for a handout.  He’s a great football coach and worrying about the welfare of others amounts to socialism and we can’t have any of that.  Some people have a really strange and fucked up sense of priorities.

When the United States invaded Baghdad and saw all the statues and pictures and tributes of Saddam Hussein, they tore them down.  Saddam Hussein did far greater things than winning a bunch of football games.  He rose through the ranks to run a country rich in oil.  So what if he did a few bad things.  His place in history is assured.  But such shortsighted and narrow minded thinking didn’t stop those troops from doing their part to set things right.  Saddam Hussein never invaded their country or did anything to any of them.  But to all of those soldiers, that didn’t mean jack when you put that man’s crime in perspective with anything he may have accomplished.  His accomplishments didn’t negate his crimes.

Today, Mark Parker, the president of sportswear, sports gear, and sports equipment supplier Nike Incorporated, said that Nike is going to change the name of the Joe Paterno Child Development Center, the child care facility located at the company’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.  It looks like somebody has their priorities in order.  Unfortunately, more people learn their ethics from a man who protects pedophiles.

Friday, July 13, 2012 - Posted by | Life, Thoughts

1 Comment »

  1. Back in 1987, Penn State played Miami for the football national championship. I cheered for Penn State because they did things “the right way”. It turns out, both teams had roughly equal graduation rates, but the Hurricane players were more demonstrative (they danced when they scored and were openly mouthy).

    I’ve never been more wrong in my life; but at that time I confused “culture that I am comfortable with” with “morality”…and of course, I had no clue as to how morally bankrupt the Penn State football organization was at the time.

    Comment by blueollie | Friday, July 13, 2012 | Reply

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