And Your Point?
Let’s get the very ugly facts out of the way first: Frank Lombard, an administrator at Duke University, has been charged with offering his five-year-old adopted son for sex on the Internet. Lombard allegedly used the screen name “perv dad for fun”.
Two other facts: Lombard is gay. And the child is black.
You can guess what happens next. But we’ll spare you the trouble.
We begin with Rush Limbaugh, who asks why the story isn’t getting the same play as the Duke lacrosse case:
Did you hear there has been an actual rape at Duke University? An actual rape in Durham, North Carolina. It’s not a phony one. Not a false charge. An actual rape. A guy sold his adopted 5-year-old son to a sex practitioner. A 5-year-old kid, yeah. There’s a problem with this, too, because the guy is gay, a gay adoption. This is why you haven’t heard about it. This does not fit the template.
WorldNetDaily, where “gay” can’t be mentioned without using scarequotes, picks up the thread of media malfeasance:
A Lexis-Nexis news database search by WND using search terms “Frank Lombard” and “homosexual” or “gay” resulted in just four results, none of which were any major media.
WND’s story is headlined “News agencies gagging ‘gay’ factor in boy rape.” But Wednesday night that story was showing up in Google News as “Expert says Obama to blame for horrific case of 5-year-old,” which suggests that WND missed a halfcourt shot at the buzzer, and later changed their angle.
But VirtueOnline, “The Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism,” aimed a little lower and stuck with their story:
A gay Episcopal activist who is a fan of New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson and a Duke University official has been charged in federal court with offering his 5-year-old adopted son up for sex…
VOL phoned The Episcopal Church of The Advocate, a pro-gay “welcoming” parish located in Carrboro, North Carolina, where Lombard is a deacon and sought comment from the rector, Lisa G. Fischbeck, a deputy to General Convention. She did not respond…
Lombard’s actions clearly blur the lines between homosexuality and pedophilia.
And the winner is Mike Adams at Townhall, who sees a silver lining in a child’s misery:
The Associate Press (AP) did not mention the fact that the five-year old offered up for molestation was black. Bringing that fact to light might be damaging to the political coalition that exists between blacks and gays. Nor did the AP mention that the adopted child is being raised by a homosexual couple. Bringing that fact to light might harm the gay adoption movement.
I wrote this column because I believe that certain coalitions must be broken. And certain movements must be harmed. Let the political fallout begin.
Well. Since we’re all now interested in child welfare, let’s note that there were 56,460 reported cases of child sexual abuse in 2007, the latest year for federal statistics. Of the 740,517 victims of all abuse (including neglect), boys and girls split about evenly. And in 4 out of 5 of those cases, the perpetrator was one or both parents.
Not that facts matter. Because we’re not really talking about the kids, are we?