Wow, a far cry from the incessant and continuing mockery of Anthony Weiner, who, by the way, the Left abandoned with, well, abandon, Weiner (Beavis and Butthead snicker- you know you want to) was merely a two-timing perv, whose uninspired use of a cellphone was used as a bludgeon against Hillary Clinton by an ultra-moralistic and outraged Right.
Contrast that to their reaction regarding this weekend’s revelations about an interview in which Breitbart editor (One heartbeat away from Trump’s advisor) Milo Yiannopoulos defended male pedophilia. If they mentioned the scandal at all, Rightwing commentators were either celibate (see what I did there?) on condemnation, or stopped just short of blaming it all on the Left.
Rush Limbaugh teased the idea of the Left being responsible for bringing down yet another wholesome icon of the Right. Recall some years ago never actually proven claims that Limbaugh junkets to the Caribbean allegedly involved underage children. Then there is Dan Proft, the pompous, who called Yiannopoulos “fearless” in a long, honorary funeral epitaph for the fallen hero.
There is a thread here. These men are the populist tip of the spear ostensibly for the evangelical protestant effort to inculcate the schools, our legal system and politics, not with generic religious morality, but with fundamentalist biblical doctrine. Interesting that within that is also a complete blackout on a pattern of pedophilia within the evangelical protestant community which dwarfs the scandals in the Catholic Church. Haven’t heard about it? That’s because evangelical protestants predominate on Rightwing radio.
A 1990 study from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a religiously founded effort to protect the separation of church and state against fundamentalist religionists found that 58% of clergy arrested for pedophilia were protestant, despite overwhelming focus on Catholic clergy and virtually none on evangelicals. Billy Graham’s grandson, Boz Tchividjian, was quoted in 2013, saying, “Protestants can be very arrogant when pointing to Catholics.” Tchividjian, executive director of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which has investigated sex abuse allegations, called the crisis “worse” than in the Catholic church.
Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse, told journalists that the Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers. For now, it would appear, they have cover in Rightwing apologists in the media who are more concerned with subverting American inclusivity with a narrow Biblical perspective. Then again, maybe they have something to hide…