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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

What Is Wrong With This Picture? Or, Hypocrisy And Misinformation - True-Blue Rotten Egg # 8

James Dobson demands that marriage only be recognized if it is the merger of a biological female with a biological male. The purpose, he contends, for this coupling, is the production of children. The scene painted by Mr. Dobson, includes a father, a mother, and 2.5 children standing in front of a vine-covered, middle-class cottage. There are no homosexuals (who are rumored to prey on children) in this cozy picture. They are barred by a white picket fence.

Mr. Jim "Messenger from God" Dobson's picture is as deeply flawed as the one that follows.

The Boy Scouts of America, a patriotic, god-fearing organization renders a Norman Rockwell image of fine, morally straight, young boys and adolescent youths in uniform, who sleep in tents, build campfires, and know right from wrong. There is not a faggot to be found on the compound because BSA is as profoundly homophobic as the godly Mr. Dobson. Surely these children are safe!

Pan to a reality based photo collage. A mosaic of black and white snapshots, shaded in tones of grey, graphically exposes the pedophile next door. Those who threaten your children are not members of the gay community: they are members of your family, your church, and the heterosexual community at large. Pedophiles are primarily adult heterosexual males. Many are married with children. Abusers are most often family members, clergy, and youth group leaders, or adults involved with children's sports, scouting, and education. Most sexual abuse occurs in the child's home. Other common locations include: church, school, the homes of relatives, and on overnight excursions.

Mr. Dobson, of Focus on the Family, who shares with Rush Limbaugh a complete disregard for factual information, has spent considerable time and money to slander the gay community while claiming to "protect our children" from sexual predators. Dobson's obsession has not provided children with protection from their abusers. His hypocritical vendetta of misinformation against homosexual Americans, has instead, left children unprotected by focusing attention away from predatory pedophiles.

Equally hypocritical, has been the behavior of the Boy Scouts of America. Several years back, "spokesscouts" for the BSA publicly embraced intolerance by banishing gays from their "wholesome" organization. The heralded homophobia consisted of the usual misinformation - this time, however, it masqueraded as prevention (we don't want our boys to turn into queers)!

The arrest of Douglas S. Smith Jr. in light of such sanctimonious sexism is ironic to the extreme. A Boy Scouts of America official for 39 years, Mr. Smith was the National Director of Program and Chairman of the Youth Protection Task Force. Noted for "a groundbreaking initiative for youth protection", Mr. Smith was taken into custody, in March of 2005, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Operation Predator. Agents from Operation Predator, tipped off by German agents, raided Mr. Smith's Ft. Worth home where they discovered a massive collection of digital child pornography on his computer and movies of young boys having sex, as well.

The recipient of the Boy Scout's Distnguished Service Award, and married father of three, had been a closet child porn collector all along. The profile of this pedophile is classic. A respected member of the community, who is married with children, who works in a profession that guarantees contact with children to some degree, who is vocally anti-gay and pro-morality, but leads a secret, private life involving the harming and exploitation of children, is an apt description of this type of sexual crimminal.

Jack Stickland, Smith's lawyer, tried to minimize his client's crimes against children in the following statement, "He's not taking this well. I've got to tell you, this is a good man, and I would hate to see the entirety of his life, and the good things he's done, defined by one incident." One incident?....Hundreds of images of little boys being forced to perform oral sex on each other! One incident?...Is Mr. Strickland referring to the day Mr. Smith got caught? Smith was collecting and trading these images. Children in this country and abroad were forced to pose in the nude, touch each others private areas, and perform sex acts with each other and with adults! If you think that this is a victimless crime, think again! If you think that Douglas S. Smith Jr. is a "good man", think of those children and the hellish childhoods they are forced to endure because of the "goodness" of men like Mr. Smith. Smith has at least, had the sense to retire from the BSA.

The actions of men like Mr. Smith and Mr. Dobson illustrate the harm caused by sexual misinformation. It contributes to the continued violation of children; not it's cessation. This smelly, rotten egg is colored True-Blue as a warning. Beware of those who seem to embrace the protection of your child. Picture Tinky Winky and Sponge Bob, then ask yourself, are they really a danger to children?

*Note - I have written these last two pieces concerning the sexual abuse of children because it needs to be out in the open and discussed. As a victim of childhood sexual abuse for many years, I have had direct experience and find the recent campaign of misinformation toward the gay community to be the malignant and hypocritical. I was abused by four heterosexual men, all married and all with children. The gay people we knew at the time never touched me. Gays are interested in adult relationships with each other. I find it much more frightening that people like Jim Dobson spend so much time thinking about what other people do in bed......a perversion in itself! Much more needs to be done to expose the "true" perpetrators who target children for sex and to help the children heal.

**Note - Operation Predator netted 5,300 child porn collectors including Spanky the Clown.

I wrote also, because I prefer truth and despise hypocrisy.

..............Kitchen Window Woman.........

7 Comments:

Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Expect Mr. Smith to appear soon in the "Men of Jesusistan," which will be properly credited.

The truth is often simple, and in this case there is no exception. Those who actually adhere to the "family values" deviate demagogues like Smith go around screeching are prople who live their lives their own way and do not run around looking at how others are living. As soon as somebody starts yelling about "family values," you better shut your wallet, your legs, and the doors to your house.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

You have to remember where our friend Dobson comes from. He comes from the "Christian" way of life where all the Biblical figures were white, despite the fact that the inhabitants of the Holy Land were Italians, Greeks, Hebrews, Arabs, Persians and Africans, all relatively olive or dark skinned peoples. He also hales from a group that preaches peace while advocating war against infidels (read: anyone who doesn't bow down before the religious reich's views). In light of this background, his utter insanity is not hard to explain.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Dobson is probably an avid collector of child porn (not that I'm making any accusations or anything like that). It just seems like the louder they yell out their fire and brimstone, the more likely that they'll be a "sinner" when nobody's looking. Jimmy Swaggart, James Bakker, William Bennett, some of the "moral" ringleaders of Clinton's impeachment, etc. So Dobson probably does something sinful or perverted when nobody's looking (exactly what, I don't think I want to know).

1:56 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

It just seems like the louder they yell out their fire and brimstone, the more likely that they'll be a "sinner" when nobody's looking.

Boy, is Tom Delay in touble...

5:20 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Jollyroger....I think that "family values" are relative but these people use the term the way a jail uses bars!

Okdemocrat...It be a boring garden if all the flowers were white! I love the phrase "religious reich" - it sure describes what Dobson and his ilk envision for the future.


Tom Harper...It has always amazed me how many of these fire breathing, dogmatic, authoritarian types of religous fanatics creep around at night doing all of the dirty, nasty stuff that by day, they condemn. It's OK though, all they have to do is sniffle and confess to be forgiven. Dobson has some kind of problem that will surface someday.


Fred...I did a post on Tom DeLay back in March. It's in the archives. You may get a kick out of it.

Tom DeLay....Sugar Land's Sweetie? March 2

9:56 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Opps...Fred it was on March 23

9:58 PM  
Blogger Ken Grandlund said...

Kepp on saying what you're saying. Eventually, enough hypocrisy can be exposed so that people will begin to think for themselves and not take these morons as the truth of anything.
As was said before, he who complains most loudly often has something of his own to hide.

1:26 PM  

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