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Don1t tag church by a clergy member

Richard Carnes

This issue has as much to do with religion as the Amish with the United Nations. We must realize the same species that created Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi and Willie Nelson also produced Mao Tse-tung, Adolf Hitler and Sean (P.Diddy) Combs, and that1s only in the last hundred years or so.This subject has 100 percent to do with our children<the future leaders of the species<and zero to do with pigeonholed classifications with which to narrow down the black list of potential suspects in order to fool ourselves into thinking we have the problem 3under control.For every close-minded nut case jumping on the bandwagon emblazoned with 3Save Our Children From the Priests, we have 23-year-old Nevada day-care center workers, 36-year-old New York school bus drivers, and 51-year-old New York elementary school teachers being arrested for sharing and/or participating in child pornography rings<all detained on the same sunny afternoon.It1s not just members of the clergy, much less only Catholics, neither is the topic confined to introverted perverts who wore braces and glasses in high school and were forced to sit alone in the corner of the lunchroom for fear of bullies and ridicule thus self-rationalizing their Freudian fantasies with the head cheerleader1s younger sister and their addiction to Internet porn.Pedophiles cannot be funneled down into a convenient pit of isolation to share their sick and twisted thoughts with one another any more than all of the world1s terrorists can be corralled into a few rock-lined caves in eastern Afghanistan.The focus should be aimed toward those in a position of trust, which reflective upon the God-given innocence of all children worldwide, includes each and every adult not currently sharing a cell with a 300-pound bald walking refrigerator named Sweet-Pee.Children trust us<you, me, the neighbor, the postman, the Schwan1s guy. They have yet to learn the meaning of cynicism and betrayal, preferring in its stead to embrace blind faith toward adults with the conviction of a puppy happily following little Johnny to the school bus stop five days a week, completely confident that he will return at the same time each afternoon.Those with the self-esteem of a teen-age Palestinian duct-taping grenades to his or her chest and the insecurities of a mother of five in Texas who drowns her own children in order to save them from possibly turning out like her, are the real problem. (Btw, it is unfortunate that Andrea Yates did not receive the death penalty; with five dead children in a bathtub and her hands dripping wet, I do not wish to have a single tax penny from my pocket being used to subsidize so much as a glass of water for her comatose benefit.)Unfortunately, these types surround us in secrecy, hiding behind thick veils of community leaders, hypocritical right-wing do-gooders, officials of beauty pageants for 10-year-olds and, yes, members of the clergy.However, even when hidden, we know they exist. How could we not? As the population grows, so do the numbers of sick and slimy sodomites seemingly dedicated to committing acts of perversion upon innocent children<our kids.The Catholic church does indeed have a huge problem to deal with on a planetary scale. That itself should not even be questioned. But attempting to slap a name on top of the blame tree in order to have a direction with which to aim one1s accusing finger is as pointless as saying the dot com industry is solely responsible for the collapse of our economy.The Internet has caused an explosion of convenience for the gathering not only of pedophile degenerates, but of ufologists, satanists, pagans, vegans, historians, auction lovers, music lovers, movie lovers, alcoholics, sexaholics, drugaholics, contest players, gamers, and people who collect Pez dispensers.Yet true blame lies on the sweaty palms of those committing these acts, not the environment in which they grew up or the DNA they were plugged with upon conception.Though not condoning witch hunts every time you witness someone offering candy to your daughter, all adults, not just parents, need to remain vigilant in their observation of the world around us. For God1s sake, speak up if you see a man wearing a hooded sweater while crouched down and driving a dark black pickup at 5 mph through a school zone at lunchtime, but do the same if your child makes improper reference to body parts that they shouldn1t even be aware of yet but heard about from a nice man at the grocery store.This is indeed a beautiful world highlighted by many beautiful minds, but just as every ying has a yang, there is always an ugly reminder hiding just around the corner of how unattractive humanity can sometimes be.Richard Carnes of Edwards can be reached at

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