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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-07 10:54 PM
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7. Exactly. There is a storyline in place so every story about

abuse allegations against a priest is PAGE ONE NEWS, WITH MEDIA COVERAGE 24/7 ON CABLE NEWS CHANNELS while stories about ministers and rabbis, even when the minister or rabbi has confessed to abusing children, are page thirty news, and not mentioned on television news.

As for cover-ups, during the great "crisis" someone at DU made the claim that no rabbis were pedophiles. A quick search showed that not only was this untrue, but that there were extensive efforts to cover up the stories of rabbis who have abused children and/or adolescents. These rabbis had not merely abused one or two children, either; their sins were legion.

Cover-ups also occur among mainstream Protestants, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses. I would not be surprised to learn that the same is true of Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. Those who have studied pedophilia say that 1-2% of all men are pedophiles, and that most are married men.

It's not celibacy that makes men molest children or adolescents, it's something about their psychological makeup. If sexuality is genetically determined, perhaps the sexual preference for children or for adolescents (ephebophilia) is also genetically determined. We know that attempts to treat pedophiles/ephebophiles are rarely if ever successful. Most men who go to prison for those crimes are arrested again for the same crimes after they are released.

I don't think it's unfair to suggest that some who come forward with claims of abuse, whether against priests, ministers, or rabbis, are looking for money. The Catholic Church has doled out millions to people who accused priests of abusing them, often with no proof whatsoever of the claims.

Claims in these cases are very often based entirely on "recovered memories," which are not considered valid by most psychiatrists and psychologists.

I'm going to start another thread about the irresponsibilty and laziness of the media in one particular case in Boston.
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