November 17, 2011
The Penn State pedophilia scandal grew out of the university culture as naturally as bacteria grows in a petri dish. In short, it was bound to happen. And because these same cultural factors are found throughout the academic world, it would be astounding it such things happened only at Penn State and nowhere else.
Let’s look at the assumptions embedded in the university world-view that led to the scandal at Penn State.
One: Football isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. After all, the football program brings the university money, prestige, money, school spirit, money, publicity, and money. Just because one of the coaches raped little boys is no reason to disrupt the football program. (Legal note: we are, of course, discussing mere allegations. There has yet to be a trial.)
Two: The Christian religion is false. Betcha eight or nine out of 10 college profs would agree with that statement; and it’s not because they’re Jews or Buddhists, either. The university is the fountainhead of the movement to de-Christianize America, and has been for better than 100 years. The political class has ravaged our country’s economy; the university has corrupted her soul.
Three: Having rejected Christianity, academics believe, and teach, that Biblical morality is wrong. Not only wrong, but oppressive, backward, and cruel—especially when it comes to sexual morality. It seems many intellectuals fancy themselves as all-purpose fornicators, and don’t like the idea that God will judge them for it. So they judge God first.
Four: Homosexuality is positive and good, something to be celebrated. And how our universities celebrate it! Can you think of anything they’re more enthused about? Don’t ask me to explain it. It just is.
Five: Any criticism of homosexuality is a grave offense. Want to wind up in a compulsory sensitivity training program? Want to get expelled, flunked out, or have your degree withheld? Just utter a discouraging word about homosexuality, and see what happens. But that’s only if you’re a student. If you’re a member of the faculty, you won’t ever dare to speak such a word, period. Nothing kills an academic career deader, these days, than an accusation of “homophobia.”
Six: Moral relativism rules. You can’t say anyone is wrong about anything—unless it’s a Christian, a capitalist, a political conservative, or a Climate Change denier. But for anyone else, anything goes. And you can’t say a word against it.
“Objection!” cries someone from the peanut gallery. “This isn’t about homosexuality, or any other kind of erotic lifestyle! This is about child abuse!”
Seven: Certain academics have for years defended and promoted pedophilia.
Have you ever heard of a book entitled Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West? [For details, click here] The catchy title encompasses scholarly essays by a passel of Ph.D.’s, all extolling pedophilia. Let two brief quotes suffice to represent the whole. [For more, click here]
William Armstrong Percy, Ph.D., says, “Pederasty became a way to lead a boy into manhood…[and] the ability to benefit the city in a wide range of potential ways. Thus the education, training, and even inspiration provided in the pederastic relationship released creative forces that led to what has been called the Greek ‘miracle.’”
Yes, you read that right. This Ph.D. is saying that the kind of thing a dirty old man was doing to a little boy in the Penn State shower room, when done on a massive scale, led to the Golden Age of Greece! The Ph.D. has spoken.
Bruce Rind, Ph.D., says, “In ancient Greece, samurai Japan, and numerous other cultures [too numerous to name, presumably], pederasty was seen as the noblest of human relations, conducive if not essential to nurturing the adolescent’s successful intellectual and physical maturation…” Conducive? Essential? Hey, that’s what the professor says. “The empirical data show that pederasty is not only not predestined to injure, but can benefit the adolescent… The human data suggest that pederasty came to serve a mentoring function.”
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See, you Philistines? The coach was only “mentoring” that little boy in the shower! He was releasing “creative forces” and introducing the boy to “the noblest of human relationships,” for the child’s benefit. Why has he been accused of a crime? By all the moral and cultural standards embraced by the university, he was doing nothing wrong at all.
If somehow this story could have been kept hidden from the public, and from the police and the court system, and confined strictly to the university, what do you think the university would have done about the coach’s actions?
Do you wonder what investigators might find if they started digging into rumors of pedophilia at other major universities?
If you don’t, you should.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com