There is a child sex abuse scandal at Penn State and people have taken to the streets to celebrate (again).
Seriously, people? Is this really the best we have in us? Let’s start with some basics:
Child – Human beings, around middle school age, in this case boys. Young boys.
Sex Abuse – Rape. Rape. Rape.
Scandal - People knew about boys being raped and didn’t report it to police.
Celebrate – People took to the streets to initially support, and later protest the firing of those involved in said scandal.
There are a couple of ways we can go about this. First, you could read the piece I wrote about the way people celebrated the murder of Osama bin Laden. Or, you could read the first six lines of this piece, over and over again, until it sinks in. Then, if the gross inhumanity isn’t enough to bring you to your knees, then walk with me for a moment. Allow me to tell you a story.
Think of a boy, around middle school age, in your own life. It can be your son, a nephew, or grandson. It can be a neighbor kid or a co-worker’s son. It can even be you when you were a boy, or your partner, or your father. Just pick someone, any one of the males in your life, and hold an image of him at about 10-years old in your mind. I want you to really step into this… find that boy in your mind’s eye and bring him close to you.
How tall is he? How much does he weigh? What does he look like?