ACLU Defends the Right of Nazis to March in Skokie Illinois and Judge Rules Transsexual Who Murdered Wife Should Receive State Funded SRS

I hate Nazis.  Hate them to the point where I often think we didn’t kill enough of them in WW II.

I think American Nazis are the vilest sub-humans on the planet and couldn’t for the life of me understand why the ACLU defended their right to march in the Chicago suburb of Skokie.

Then I realized many people in many locations hate me for my opinions on Civil Rights, my opposition to the Vietnam war, Feminism etc.

I realized defending the right of the Nazis to articulate their message of hate was defending my right to speak out against the war or in favor of LGBT rights.

Free speech is free speech and certain inalienable rights are inalienable because they belong to everyone.

Now I have struggled with capital punishment for most of my life.  Part of me knows it is horribly wrong and yet part of me thinks a lethal injection is too good for scum who have committed certain murders.

I’m at a point where the standard of evidence pretty much requires catching the murder either in the act or with the partially eaten body in their refrigerator. Otherwise no capital punishment.

Better yet capital punishment is barbaric and has no place in civilized society.

That brings us to this case in Massachusetts:  Kosilek…

The emotional side of me says, fuck this dirtbag.  No surgery, no parole, no nothing.

Problem is this ruling affects more than Kosilek.

What about a sister or brother serving 10 years for selling pot?  Perhaps dealing was what they needed to do to survive.  Do you deny them medical treatment too.

If SRS is necessary for transsexual people on the outside and is required medical treatment rather than an optional cosmetic procedure one has to ask if it is conscionable to deny that medical treatment to some one who is confined in prison?

When it comes to the treatment of prisoners it is very easy for people to show the ugliest part of themselves.

When we do that we lower ourselves to the level of torturer and mutilator.  Too often I have heard people suggest with glee that someone being sent to prison will be subjected to gang rape.

I’ve heard the argument regarding people not wanting their tax payer dollars used for this.

That’s okay I don’t want my tax dollars being used for war, or to subsidize oil corporations or used for the war on drugs.

The reality is that protecting the rights of the total scum bags is part of the price we pay for protecting the rights of every one who falls in a category  Thurgood  Marshall described as the despised and the dispossessed.

I sometime find myself going WTF when I read about Scandinavian prisons and how humanely they treat their prisoners.

Then I remember I live in a country that has the world’s largest number of prisoners and the highest percentage of its people in the penal system.

We still have all sorts of violent crime, more than most modern countries so we must be doing something wrong, particularly when countries with more lenient penal systems have lower rates of violent crime.

While I don’t like the idea of this person getting SRS after murdering her wife the principle of treating prisoners decently seems to be the real issue and not the individual.

It is too easy to slide down the scale of civilized humane treatment of prisoners to the level where torture and mutilations along with stonings and like are seen as moral.

At the same time I wish this case were about a non-violent criminal receiving treatment for TS/TG issues rather than a convicted murderer.

 

Barney Frank: Log Cabin Republican Model is Uncle Tom

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Right Wing Trolls Who Presume I am Illiterate

To day a right wing troll came by to attack one of the many repostings of Scott Rose material that is featured here on a regular basis.

This Blog is tightly monitored for trolls and people who come here to wage war on one or another of those groups of people whose lives have been impacted by trans-prefixed words.

I’m particularly wary of people who use aliases.

If you aren’t willing to state what you believe openly then I do not consider your opinion to be worth very much since you aren’t even willing to claim it.

Now someone using  the name Emmanuel Goldstein might reasonably expect it to slip by without triggering the  my alias detector.

But 1984 happens to have been one of the books I’ve recently reread.

Emmanuel Goldstein is a character in George Orwell‘s classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is the number one enemy of the people according to Big Brother and the Party, who heads a mysterious and possibly fictitious anti-party organization called The Brotherhood. Despite being a key part of the story, he is only actually seen and heard on telescreen, and may in fact be nothing more than a useful propaganda fabrication of the Ministry of Truth.

Now I know how right wingers have chugged the propaganda Kool-Aid and think of themselves as the true keepers of truth.

But mostly they are keepers of fiction and the reinforcers of right wing bigotry and lies.

The Regnerus Study belongs in the pornography section as it is truly the scribblings of whores, bought and paid for by right wing money.  A propaganda piece aimed at promoting bigotry. It is in the same category as Michael Bailey’s bigoted fiction, The Man Who Would Be Queen.

Going along with the bigots is not rebellion or academic independence.  Especially not when you are defending an academic who whored himself out to produce an advertisement for a hate group.

BTW trying to slip shit like Emmanuel Goldstein by someone who reads as much stuff as I do is pretty fucking pathetic.

14 Transgender DNC Delegates Is Progress, But Work Remains For Full Inclusion

From The New Civil Rights Movement:  http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/14-transgender-dnc-delegates-is-progress-but-work-remains-for-full-inclusion/politics/2012/09/07/48551

by James Nichols
on September 7, 2012

This week’s 2012 Democratic National Convention proved to be a monumentally historic event for the LGBT community and the Democratic Party itself. The party platform, approved Tuesday, includes a marriage equality plank that reaffirms President Barack Obama‘s commitment to legalize same-sex marriage and combat employment discrimination against LGBT individuals. This comes almost a year after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and several months after President Obama became the first sitting president to publicly state he is in support of same-sex marriage.

The inclusion of LGBT delegates from each state in the convention, including individuals identifying as transgender, proved to be one of the most thrilling and crucial components of the week. Following the 2008 convention, organizers passed new affirmative action rules for delegate selection in order to foster a diverse and accurate reflection of the American population. The new rules resulted in the largest LGBT delegation any convention has ever seen.

North Carolina sent its first transgender delegate in history, Janice Covington, to represent the state at this year’s convention. A victory of this magnitude cannot be overstated, particularly after North Carolinians voted to approve Amendment One — banning same-sex marriage in their constitution —  in May. This legislation prohibited same-sex couples from receiving full marriage rights, restricting marriage between a man and a woman as the only legal union recognized in the state, and even removed legal recognition from civil unions for heterosexuals. In all, 14 transgender individuals served as delegates for their respective states at this convention.

Due largely to the progress gained by the gay and lesbian movement over the past decades, transgender individuals are slowly beginning to gain visibility as citizens are educated about non-socially normative ways of being and knowing. We can understand the extreme marginalization and social stigmas attached to transgender individuals by considering the less-than-human perception of gays and lesbians throughout the early and mid-20th century. Transgender people, too, share a history of marginalization with gays and lesbians that place them as one of the most vulnerable groups in our country.

Continue reading at:    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/14-transgender-dnc-delegates-is-progress-but-work-remains-for-full-inclusion/politics/2012/09/07/48551

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Ireland Nears Recognition of Trans Identities

From The Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2012/09/07/ireland-nears-recognition-trans-identities

Legislation permitting transgender people to amend their birth certificate is pending introduction in Ireland, the only European country without legal recognition for trans identities.

BY Sunnivie Brydum
September 07 2012

Pending legislation in Ireland would permit transgender people to amend their birth certificates to reflect their accurate gender, reports the Irish Times. But the legislation would also require transgender people who are currently married to divorce and re-enter into a same-sex civil partnership, reports the Transgender Equality Network Ireland.

“Some members of Ireland’s trans community are in loving marriages with children,” said TENI director Broden Gambrione. “In effect, this would force them to choose between the integrity of their family and accessing a basic human right. No one should be asked to make such a choice. Ireland is a progressive country whose constitution affords particular protection to the family based on marriage. This proposal shows no respect for Ireland’s married trans families. The idea of forcing a happy couple to live apart and divorce is unimaginable.”

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton spoke to the issue at the opening session of the fourth annual European Transgender Council in Dublin on Friday. She said the issue was a priority for her administration, and pledged continued dialogue with TENI and other activist groups seeking fair legal recognition for transgender Irish people.

Continue reading at:  http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2012/09/07/ireland-nears-recognition-trans-identities

Brian Brownshirt In Iowa: We Must Fire Pro-Gay Judges

Editorial: Family Research Council Levels Dishonest Attacks at SPLC

From The Southern Poverty Law Center:  http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2012/09/05/editorial-family-research-council-attacks-on-splc-dishonest/

by Mark Potok
on September 5, 2012

Editor’s Note: The ongoing religious right attack on the SPLC, originally framed last month to suggest that the SPLC bore responsibility for a shooting at the Family Research Council because it had earlier named the FRC a “hate group,” has continued to expand to the point of absurdity. That was shown again last Friday, when Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel said on a radio show that any media that cited the SPLC’s hate group listings “will also have blood on its hands.” What follows is a response to the original criticism launched by the FRC.

Do words have consequences?

For years, we at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have argued that they do. When conspiracy-minded Islamophobes claim that Muslims have a secret plan to force America into a medieval-style caliphate, Muslims in the streets get hurt. When angry nativists assert that Mexicans are plotting to “reconquer” the Southwest, some Americans respond by attacking Latinos.

And when the religious right spreads false and defamatory propaganda like the completely baseless notion that gay men molest children at rates far higher than their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT people end up, much more frequently than most people realize, at the wrong end of a baseball bat.

For the last three weeks, the SPLC has been under attack by a number of groups that fit into that last category. After an apparently politically motivated man wounded a guard at the Family Resource Council (FRC) in Washington, these groups launched a coordinated assault on the SPLC, accusing it of responsibility in the attack because it had earlier named the FRC a “hate group.”

At a well-attended press conference the day after the Aug. 15 shooting, FRC President Tony Perkins said that the alleged attacker, Floyd Corkins, “was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center.” He added, “I believe the Southern Poverty Law should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.”

A day later, Islam-basher and Obama-hater Jerry Boykin, Perkin’s recently hired deputy at FRC, took his boss’ rhetoric a few steps further. The SPLC, Boykin said, is an “anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, Marxist organization” staffed by “an evil group of people” who are “dangerous.”

The idea seemed to be that the SPLC was hypocritical — that after years of suggesting that organizations that demonize minority groups are ultimately contributing to violence against those groups, the SPLC had been caught doing exactly what it criticized in others. We had “recklessly” labeled the FRC as a hate group merely, as Perkins told Fox News, “because we defend the family and stand for traditional, orthodox Christianity.”

Did Perkins have a point? Was the SPLC’s criticism morally or functionally equivalent to the conduct we criticized, admittedly in harsh terms, coming from the FRC and like groups?

I think not. The SPLC’s listing of the FRC and several of its allies as hate groups was not based on its opposition to same-sex marriage or its belief that the Bible describes homosexual sex as a sin, as Perkins claims. As we said clearly when we began listing them in 2010, and have repeated on countless occasions since, we were calling out these groups “based on their propagation of known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated, groundless name-calling.”

What kinds of falsehoods? Demonizing lies like the claim that gay men routinely molest children — that pedophilia, as Perkins once said, “is a homosexual problem.” And lest the FRC claim otherwise, this is no one-time claim; the group has made this assertion repeatedly, in slightly different forms, for years. It once even claimed that gay activists seek “to normalize sex with children” and “to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order.”

The oft-repeated pedophilia charge is utterly bogus. “Despite a common myth, homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are,” says the American Psychological Association, one of many scientific groups to point this out. Elsewhere, the APA adds, “There is no scientific support for fears about children of lesbian or gay parents being sexually abused by their parents or their parents’ gay, lesbian or bisexual friends or acquaintances.”

And what kinds of name-calling? The FRC regularly portrays LGBT people as sick, evil, perverted, and a danger to the nation. It talks about their “dark, perverse” ways and their “sordid sex lives.” It attacks their “transient, promiscuous and unfaithful relationships,” and insists that gay people are “fundamentally incapable” of providing good homes for children — a claim flatly contradicted by virtually all relevant scientific authorities. Gay rights activists, Perkins said in 2011, are “intolerant,” “hateful” and “vile,” and are pursuing an “agenda” that “will destroy them and our nation.” An FRC official has said he wanted to “export homosexuals from the United States.” That same official, speaking on national television in 2010, advocated the criminalizing of gay sex.

Do these kinds of words have consequences?

The SPLC recently analyzed 14 years of national hate crime data. We found that gay people were twice as likely to be attacked in a violent hate crime as black or Jewish people; more than four times as likely as Muslims; and even more likely than that compared to Latinos or whites. While it’s impossible to prove that the violence is related to any particular verbal attack, it seems obvious that public demonization of a discrete minority does help to legitimize the attacks.

Words do have consequences. But is the FRC’s propaganda and schoolyard name-calling really the same thing as the SPLC listing the FRC as a hate group? Is suggesting that gay men are child molesters — one of the worst things you can say about a human being today — really the same as making a fact-based criticism of a particular group?

The answer seems obvious. Pointing out the lies and slander of the FRC and some of its friends in the interest of attempting to bring some measure of civility to our political dialogue is not remotely the same as promulgating those lies. The idea that the activities of the FRC are equivalent to those of the SPLC is simply more propaganda from an organization that specializes in propaganda.

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Judge To Woman Sexually Assaulted By Cop: ‘When You Blame Others, You Give Up Your Power To Change’

From Think Progress:  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/09/07/809861/judge-to-woman-sexually-assaulted-by-cop-when-you-blame-others-you-give-up-your-power-to-change/

By Ian Millhiser
on Sep 7, 2012

Last summer, a drunk Arizona police officer named Robb Gary Evans drove himself to a bar, flashed his badge to avoid paying cover at the door, and then walked up behind a woman, put his hand up her skirt, and ran his fingers over her genitals. A jury convicted him of sexual abuse, a felony with a maximum sentence of 2 and a half years in prison, and Evans was fired from the police force after an internal investigation.

Nevertheless, Arizona trial Judge Jacqueline Hatch, who was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ), decided that Evans’ actions did not warrant jail time — sentencing him probation and 100 hours of community service. Evans also will not have to register as a sex offender. Yet, while Judge Hatch apparently did not view the disgraced former cop’s actions as particularly serious, she had some very harsh words for the woman he assaulted:

Bad things can happen in bars, Hatch told the victim, adding that other people might be more intoxicated than she was.

If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you,” Hatch said.

Hatch told the victim and the defendant that no one would be happy with the sentence she gave, but that finding an appropriate sentence was her duty.

Continue reading at:  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/09/07/809861/judge-to-woman-sexually-assaulted-by-cop-when-you-blame-others-you-give-up-your-power-to-change/

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Greek Riot Police Face Protest… from Anti-Austerity Police Officers

From Common Dreams:  http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/09/06-3

Anti-austerity police union prevents riot police busses from leaving for protest

– Common Dreams staff
Published on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Common Dreams

Greek riot police, gathered aboard transport buses headed to confront upcoming anti-austerity protests in the northern city of Thessaloniki, were prevented from leaving their headquarters on Thursday morning by rowdy protesters.

Other Greek police officers—many in uniform and waving union and anti-austerity banners—protesting announced budget cuts that would see their pay and pension benefits slashed in yet the latest round of government-ordered budget measures.

As the Press Association reports, approximately “50 members of the Greek Police Officers’ Association picketed police facilities at Zografou, north-east of central Athens,” and blocking  buses destined for the city of Thessaloniki, where weekend anti-austerity protests are scheduled.

Reuters reports:

Scuffles broke out as riot police tried to clear the entrance of several dozen police union members – many in uniform – chanting anti-austerity slogans and holding banners.

“They would not let riot police buses depart for Thessaloniki,” a police official said…

Some riot police appeared reluctant to tackle uniformed officers. “They make us fight against our own brothers,” said one riot policeman who declined to be named.

The police union is planning to participate in a larger protest in central Athens later on Thursday, with officers in uniform joining members of the Coast Guard and Fire Service whose pay and benefits are also on the chopping block.

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Global Economy Faces ‘Perfect Storm’ With Eurozone Crisis, ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Slowdown, Iran Conflict

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/07/global-economy-perfect-storm_n_1865148.html

By DAN PERRY
09/07/12

CERNOBBIO, Italy — Experts and leaders gathered in Italy may disagree on the cure, but the malady seems clear: the world economy faces a “perfect storm” of risks that include prolonged crisis in a structurally flawed Europe, political paralysis pushing America off a “fiscal cliff,” a slowdown in the emerging economies drying up the last of global growth, and the spectacularly destabilizing prospect of war over Iran’s nuclear program.

A world of such unpredictable peril is also one in which jitters suppress the appetite for private and corporate risk, yielding meager investment and low consumption and prolonging the woes that snuck up on a booming world in the summer of 2007 as a “credit crunch”, mushrooming a year later into the Great Recession.

Many attendees at the annual Ambrosetti Forum at Lake Como on Friday fretted about mounting U.S. debt and the Europe’s inability to balance electorates’ apparent insistence on national sovereignty with the need for regional coherence to salvage the teetering euro.

But economist Nouriel Roubini predicted years of gloom almost regardless of what is decided.

That analysis is rooted in the specific nature of this crisis, a downward spiral in which a financial meltdown largely caused by excess credit was defused by a blast of public spending; that 2009 stimulus, widely credited with avoiding a global depression, pushed some governments too far into the red for the markets’ liking – a “sovereign debt crisis”; and this is turn was attacked through severe austerity measures that suppressed spending to the point that countries cannot grow their way back to prosperity.

“History suggests that whenever (there is) a crisis with too much private debt first and public debt second you have a painful process of deleveraging,” said the famously apocalyptic New York University professor, a glowering fixture at such international talk-shops.

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Tom Hayden in Support of Obama…Democracy Grows by Inches

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Civil rights under threat as states plan assault on anti-discrimination laws

From The Guardian UK:   http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/sep/06/civil-rights-voting-under-threat-discrimination

Activists cry foul as Republican-led legislatures plan showdown with US government over key provision of Voting Rights Act

in Washington
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 6 September 2012

A rash of legal challenges to a core piece of US civil rights legislation is threatening the foundations of nearly half a century of laws to combat racial discrimination.

Republican-led state legislatures from Florida and Texas to Alaska have engineered a series of legal showdowns with the federal government over the 1965 Voting Rights Act that, following several court rulings last week, appear likely to end up before a US supreme court which has already hinted it is ready to revisit the heart of the law.

Civil rights activists warn that if the supreme court strikes down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, which gives the federal government some control over elections in states with a history of blocking African Americans from voting, then separate legislation affecting discrimination in other areas, such as in employment, education and housing, may also be vulnerable.

The moves against the Voting Rights Act also come as Texas and other states separately challenge the legality of racially-based affirmative action programmes in what some lawyers see as a concerted attempt to undermine and even kill off decades of civil rights legislation.

The legal assault has zeroed in on a provision of the Voting Rights Act which requires nine states – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia – to seek approval from the US justice department in Washington for changes to voting laws or procedures. Some districts in seven other states are also bound by the legislation.

“There has been a proliferation of cases that aim to take down and rip out this core provision of the Voting Rights Act,” said Debo Adegbile, acting president and lead counsel of the NAACP legal defence fund, who has argued in the defence of the law at the supreme court. “I think it’s fair to say that the supreme court invited these challenges.”

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Romney’s Wrong Economic Answers

From Reader Supported News:  http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/279-82/13351-focus-romneys-wrong-economic-answers

By Bernie Sanders, Reader Supported News
07 September 12

Given Mitt Romney’s business record as an outsourcer and tax avoider, and his desire to continue the failed economic policies of George W. Bush, President Obama should be 20 points ahead in the polls right now, not struggling to stay even. At a time when the wealthiest people are doing phenomenally well, Romney’s plan to provide more tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires is dead wrong.

At a time when we have lost more than 56,000 factories and 5.3 million decent-paying manufacturing jobs since 2000, Romney is wrong in pushing for more unfettered free trade, which will make it easier for large corporations to throw American workers out on the street and ship American jobs to China and other low-wage countries.

At a time when millions of Americans continue to struggle through the horrendous recession caused by the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street, Romney is wrong to believe we need more deregulation of too-big-to fail financial institutions.

In order to win support from the American middle class, it is absolutely imperative that the president provide a strong agenda that speaks to their needs, and that makes clear he will fight to win those proposals against the right-wing extremists who now control the Republican Party. Here is some of what the president should advocate:

1) The president must make it clear to the American people that he will not cut Social Security. Social Security has not added one penny to the deficit because it is funded by the payroll tax. Social Security has a $2.7 trillion surplus and can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 21 years.

2) Obama must tell the American people that he is not going to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor. The deficit was largely caused by Bush’s two unpaid-for wars, tax breaks for the rich and the Wall Street-caused recession. The president must reduce the deficit by asking the wealthiest people in this country to start paying their fair share of taxes, by ending enormous corporate tax loopholes and by taking a hard look at wasteful military spending.

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Richard Dawkins: Creationists know nothing

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Bill Donohue and the Catholic League Once Again Rise to the Defense of Pedophile Priests

From Right Wing Watch:  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bill-donohue-and-catholic-league-once-again-rise-defense-pedophile-priests

by Brian Tashman
on Fri, 09/07/2012

In another shameful episode of the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue apologism of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Donohue played down the crimes of a Catholic priest, who in August “pleaded guilty to four counts of producing child pornography and one count of attempting to produce child pornography using girls as young as 2 years old,” and the Bishop who was convicted yesterday of shielding the priest. “The case did not involve child sexual abuse—no child was ever abused, or touched, in any way by Father Sean Ratigan,” Donohue said. “Nor did this case involve child pornography.” Following Bishop Robert Finn’s conviction, Donohue claimed that the “chorus of condemnations targeting Bishop Finn” are “as unfair as they are contrived.”

Let’s get rid of some myths. Bishop Finn was not found guilty of a felony: he was found guilty of one misdemeanor, and innocent of another. The case did not involve child sexual abuse—no child was ever abused, or touched, in any way by Father Sean Ratigan. Nor did this case involve child pornography. Here’s what happened.

On December 16, 2010, a computer technician found crotch-shot pictures of children, fully clothed, on Ratigan’s computer; there was one that showed a girl’s genitals exposed. The next day Ratigan attempted suicide. The Vicar General, Msgr. Robert Murphy, without seeing the photos, contacted a police officer about this matter. The officer, after consulting with another cop, said a single photo of a non-sexual nature would not constitute pornography. After a few more of the same types of photos were found, an attorney rendered the same judgment: they were not pornographic.

Finn then asked a psychiatrist to evaluate Ratigan. The bishop was given the judgment of a professional: the priest was not a risk to children (he was diagnosed as suffering from depression). Finn then placed restrictions on Ratigan, which he broke. When it was found that Ratigan was again using a computer, upon examination more disturbing photos were found. Murphy then called the cops (Finn was out of town) and a week later Ratigan was arrested. Yesterday, Finn was found guilty of one misdemeanor of failing to report suspected child sexual abuse.

The Catholic League supports harsh penalties for child sexual abusers, and for those who cover it up. But it also supports equal justice for all, and given what we know of what is going on in many other communities, religious as well as secular, we find the chorus of condemnations targeting Bishop Finn to be as unfair as they are contrived.

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Kansas City Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest

From The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/us/kansas-city-bishop-convicted-of-shielding-pedophile-priest.html

By and
Published: September 6, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Roman Catholic bishop was found guilty on Thursday of failing to report suspected child abuse, becoming the first American bishop in the decades-long sexual abuse scandal to be convicted of shielding a pedophile priest.

In a hastily announced bench trial that lasted a little over an hour, a judge found the bishop, Robert W. Finn, guilty on one misdemeanor charge and not guilty on a second charge, for failing to report a priest who had taken hundreds of pornographic pictures of young girls. The counts each carried a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, but Bishop Finn was sentenced to two years of court-supervised probation.

The verdict is a watershed moment in the priest sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the church since the 1980s. Bishops have been eager to turn the page on this era and have put in place extensive abuse prevention policies, which include reporting suspected abusers to law enforcement authorities. But the Kansas City case has served as a wake-up call to Catholics that the policies cannot be effective if the bishops do not follow them.

It was an abrupt ending to a case that has consumed the church in Kansas City and threatened to turn into a sensational, first-ever trial of a sitting prelate. The case had been scheduled for a jury trial later this month, but on Wednesday the prosecution said it would be decided in one afternoon by Judge John M. Torrence in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Before being sentenced, Bishop Finn, 59, his jaw quivering, rose in court and said: “I am pleased and grateful that the prosecution and the courts have allowed this matter to be completed. The protection of children is paramount.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/us/kansas-city-bishop-convicted-of-shielding-pedophile-priest.html

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