I just read this article about Reverend Benedict Groeshel who said in an interview this week “that child sex abusers are often seduced by teenage boys and should not go to jail on a first offense.” He later apologizes and says “My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be.”
And I’m having flashbacks to two weeks ago and this article regarding Representative Todd Akin who recently said “legitimate rape” and then justified it by saying that women couldn’t get pregnant by a legitimate rape.
He also apologized saying he “misspoke”.
I call you-got-caught-and-you-think-apologizing-will-make-it-all-better.
Misspeaking is “2+2=5″.
And not “2+2=5 because 1+1=2 so when you add 1+1 again that makes 5.”
Taking more than two words to justify a horrible deed and/or concept is not misspeaking.
It is ignorance.
But here is the thing, it isn’t just ignorance of one (or two). Unfortunately, these are examples of entire groups of people with like beliefs.
I envision a group of men sitting around the fire in their Italian leather chairs with a glass of Courvoisier with their favorite Cuban cigar, lights low, discussing just how smart the female body is to be able to tell the difference between rape and not rape.
Amazing that we even need birth control at all if you ask me.
Or discussing how sad a state the world is in now that people in a position of trust actually go to jail the first time they are involved in a sexual act because “their intention was not committing a crime”. A disgusting and illegal sexual act. How dare we hold them to the law!?
These two men in particular are in positions of trust. Of influence. Of decision-making. Of control. They have built communities and control communities. They don’t act alone. And they don’t think alone.
Todd Akin has been roasted for saying “legitimate rape” and I get that, but I disagree because I do believe he misspoke. What he meant to say was “forcible rape” because that term was stock language. If you ask any reasonable human (man or woman) there is no difference between forcible rape, legitimate rape, statutory rape or (insert your favorite term here) rape and R-A-P-E. Rape is rape.
So I get that he “misspoke” because he used the wrong word, but what really chaps MY female ass was his dissertation for the reason behind his comment in the first place. That a female body knows the difference. (If that’s the case, how did Anastasia Grey ever get pregnant? 50 Shades of Grey reference.)
That ridiculous concept must have been founded on a 3-glass Courvoisier night where a group of people discussed how they could pass their agenda. How they could justify stamping out the rights of women. Period.
He might have been the only one stupid enough to say it out loud, but he is not the only person on this earth to believe it.
I don’t even know where to start with Scumbag Groeschel in his belief that embracing, kissing and sleeping with but not sexual intercourse a “kid without a father” is just what “clergy or important people” do. Because sexual act without intercourse is perfectly acceptable or?
This too, is club mentality. In Groeschel’s case though, he gives up his “club”. His club consists of clergy, teachers, attorneys, judges and social workers.
My point is that these people are not working alone in raping us of our rights and our children’s innocence – they have whole networks backing them up, justifying their ignorant, irrational thoughts.
I CALL BULLSHIT.
“Sorry” isn’t working for me anymore. “Sorry” isn’t going to cut it. I’m not going to be around to protect my children forever so I am not going to sit around and say “oh, he’s sorry, he misspoke” and let future generations be abused. I have shared these stories, these ridiculous stories, as an example of what not to do. And who not to be.
You should too.