The Foley Fiasco brings to light a number of interesting points.
1. In discussing his homosexuality, Mark Foley says that as a boy he was sexually abused by a clergyman. Many homosexuals were abused earlier in life, lending credence to the notion that homosexuality is a disorder.
2. Foley’s interest in underage congressional pages highlights the link between homosexuality and pedophilia. While gays are no more than 3 percent of the population, they constitute about a third of child sexual abusers. Perhaps reluctance to grasp this obvious point made Republican leaders skittish about confronting Foley about any alleged problems with pages.
3. The Democrats’ newfound umbrage over a sinful sexual matter contrasts nicely with their previous kid-glove treatment of scandals involving Clinton, Frank, and Studds. I wonder if it will last past November.