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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(daily broadsheet, Pennsylvania USA)
Sunday 15 July 2012
The way forward
To the Editor:
"The love that dare not speak its name" is not (as Victorians whispered) homosexuality, nor is it pedophilia.
At Pennsylvania State University, the love that dare not speak its name is NCAA football. To preserve and keep milking this public university's most sacred cow, eight boys (verified by law enforcement to date) were raped or sexually abused in a period of 14 years, and no Penn State officials in or above the football program took any action to safeguard children or bring their abuser to justice.
A merciful old-age death and a handful of resignations and dismissals have sufficiently fixed these awkward embarrassments, so Penn State can now move on and prepare for next season's Nittany Lions kickoff and homecoming.
But if the point is to protect children from sexual predation -- and for all decent adults, that must be the point -- then there is only one solution for Penn State: to stop playing NCAA football for a minimum of six years.
After that, the entire university community, and the greater victimized and jeopardized community, can decide if football can be resurrected and children can be scrupulously protected.
Nor is the love of money "the love that dare not speak its name." Since biblical times, it has been recognized aloud as the root of all evil. To understand the love of Penn State football, and the perversity it has concealed and protected, just follow the vast amounts of Penn State football money.