Growing List of Republican Politician Child Molesters (UPDATE 3: Religion & Sex Crime)
Article by Erik Larson
This is a collection of links to more than 70 different Republican child molester news stories. I couldn't find similar sites documenting Democrat child molesting, but if you post links in the comments documenting a comparable number, I'll be glad to update the title to "Politician" Child Molesters.
I am NOT a Democrat; Republican defenders, feel free to post your links to Democrat (or Green, Libertarian, Indy politician) child molesters here as well. I don't know if there's a disproportionate number of child molesters in Republican politics, compared with the Democrats and general population; if you know of studies, post them here. Documented child molesters should not be holding public office, and public servants should not even have the appearance of corruption; molesting kids is about as heinous as it gets armchairsubversive.org.
Perhaps the most egregious example: “Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency. See excerpt of one prisoner's report here and his full report here.”
If you have the stomach for it, and need fuel for your outrage, also see the film:
“Conspiracy of Silence, a documentary listed for viewing in TV Guide Magazine was to be aired on the Discovery Channel, on May 3 1994. This documentary exposed a network of religious leaders and Washington politicians who flew children to Washington D.C. for sex orgies." Related: the book The Franklin Coverup by John DeCamp, attorney and former Nebraska State Senator.
Also related to the Franklin Coverup and Conspiracy of Silence, see the June 29, 1989 Washington Times front page article “Homosexual prostitution inquiry ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush: ‘Call boys’ took midnight tour of White House”
UPDATE: I posted this article yesterday after stumbling on the site armchairsubversive.org, which has a list of more than 70 Republicans in positions of public trust, mostly politicians, who have been arrested, charged, convicted, plead guilty, resigned after allegations were made or are otherwise connected to the molestation/abuse of children. In Rumsfeld’s case; according to investigative journalist Sy Hersh, "The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking," the reporter told an ACLU convention last week. Hersh says there was "a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher." Highest command would include Rumsfeld and possibly the White House. The interpretation provided by the bloggers linked to is that “the rape of children in Iraqi prisons [was authorized] in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency.”, and that it wasn’t the actions of “a few bad apples” acting on their own. Despite previous White House denials, “We don’t torture”, it has come out that Cheney, Rice, Tenet, Ashcroft and Powell had detailed discussions of “tough” interrogation techniques to use on suspected Al Qaeda, and that Bush was at least “aware” of their discussions:
In addition to waterboarding and other tortures, did these high officials knowingly authorize child abuse? According to John Yoo, the attorney who wrote the August 2002 “Torture Memos”, crushing a kid’s testicles to get information out of his father is OK; in a December 2005 debate with Doug Cassel, Yoo was asked:
"If the president deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him?"
Yoo: "No treaty."
Cassel: "Also no law by Congress? That is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo [that went to the president]."
Yoo: "I think it depends on why the president thinks he needs to do that."
There should be a full investigation, including subpoenaed documents and public testimony under Oath from all witnesses and “persons of interest”. Not only is torture illegal and immoral, it’s not even effective; see these articles by George Washington:
I wrote the first installment of this “opinion” piece for the following reasons:
1) To offer this list from armchairsubversive.org for debunking if what’s reported is inaccurate.
2) To raise awareness about these people; if you’re in their district or state or country and they are still in office, this is a resource for information so you can take action to shed light and drive them out and make sure they don’t get back in, if they are involved in child molestation.
3) To seek information; as I said above, I am not a Democrat and protecting kids from abuse and keeping those who do out of public office should not be a partisan issue. I welcome links being provided to Democrat molesters, and any studies done on the subject. After searching again this morning, I still could not find studies related to the incidence of pedophilia in politicians, and how it breaks down between Dems, Reps and the general population. According to Wikipedia, “The prevalence of pedophilia in the general population is not known, and research is highly variable due to varying definitions and criteria”. If this is correct for the general population, it’s not likely studies have been done on those holding public office. School starts for me next week, so I will have access to a database of scientific journals, will see what’s in there, and report back here.
4) I am currently a registered Green Party member, but my loyalty is to humanity and the Constitution; imho, the Green Party platform serves these interests the best. Also, imho, the Democrat Party platform represents a “lesser evil” compared with the Republican Party platform. Republicans preach about “family values” and God; part of holding to these ideals would include ridding public offices of child molesters, whether they be Dems or Reps- imho. Unfortunately, I did not find much agreement on this in the comments; the ones from Republican Party supporters were instead filled with vitriol, ad hominems and straw man arguments. This may be part of the explanation for this approach: “A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in ‘fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity’”. Personally, I think conservative values are not all bad; nothing wrong with family, or with taxes being no higher and government no bigger or intrusive than they need to be to uphold the Constitution and serve our common interest, or with gathering facts before instituting change, etc. Plus, having the conservative perspective and opinion helps to balance the debate over issues so that all views are included and all facts and contingencies considered, so that the best ideas can be produced and refined. As the saying goes, we're all entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts. As imperfect beings, we need free, open and reasoned public debate; it's how we can sort facts from fiction and come up with solutions to the many problems our world faces.
Thanks to digging by Rene, we have the below 2 lists of Democrats (a total of 12) connected to child molestation to compare to the list of Republicans. Unfortunately, unlike armchairsubversive.org, links are not provided; I checked some of the names, not all, what I found was corroborated. In any case, this is what’s being published online. I would think, considering the wealth and resources Republicans have, if there are more cases of Dems involved in child molestation, more would be published. Those attacking this article would do well to dig them up (if they exist), rather than expecting me to do it; you’ve suggested I’m being disingenuous, so why in the world would you trust me to do it? You’ll probably want to write your own article, but if you dig up facts, I’ll update this article again.
Live Leak- pedophiles, according to the info provided; the rest are “sex scandals”. This list includes 1 Republican.
REP. FRED RICHMOND (D-N.Y.):
REP. ROBERT BAUMAN (D-Md.):
REP. DAN CRANE (R-Ill.)
REP. GERRY STUDDS (D-Mass.):
REP MEL REYNOLDS (D-Ill.):
Dan Sutton, Democratic State Senator of Flandreau, South Dakota
Carl Stanley McGee, top aid to democrat governor Deval Patrick of Massachuttsettes
Bernard Vincent Ward, former chief legislative aide to Senator Barbara Boxer
Rodney Mullins, Davidson County Democratic Party Chairman
David Scondras, Former Democrat Boston city councilor
Charles Rust-Tierney, former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU (Democrat?)
Andrew Douglas Reed, North Carolina Democrat activist
Duplicate: Mel Reynolds, (D-IL)
Also, BigT of Conservativeinc.com contributed this one:
Bernie Ward, former Catholic priest turned Bush-trashing talk show host
UPDATE 2: After searching databases of scientific journals, I found no studies on demographics for pedophiles/child molesters, let alone the subset involved with politics. If you know of any, please post.
UPDATE 3: Ludefork posted this link in the comments: London Times, November 25, 2006 Prison figures show a link between sex crime and religion.
"The proportion of all prisoners declaring any faith compared with those with none is about 2:1 but among those convicted of sex crime it rises to 3:1. The trend is marked across many faiths, including Buddhism, Anglicanism, Free Church Christianity and Judaism."
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