There is a good exposition on the cobweb mechanics of the mind of Tom C in this thread.
Apollo started the thread, therefore, its title is purposefully provocative and idiotic: “The Penn State Tragedy – How One Gay Man Destroyed A Great University.”
The thread goes sort of like this: “Blah, blah, pedophile, blah, is gay, blah, gay is evil, blah, children, blah.”
Then some sanity is inputted by “Sockeye:”
This headline and following comments are a sad commentary to where AMG has gone.
To which Tom C replies with the usual Tom C bravado:
Sockeye, like the people at Penn State, would rather stick his head in the sand than talk about the real issues.
When you ask “who would let something like this happen?” you usually don’t have to look very far to find someone who WOULD let it happen.
Apparently, in Tom C’s world, if you don’t want to admit (incorrectly) that a male pedophile who was married to a woman for decades and who never showed any evidence of relationships, or interest in relationships, with adult males is actually a homosexual, then you are putting your head in the sand.
Whatever. The pedophile at Penn State was in a regular old, traditional, heterosexual marriage. This is about as far from “homosexual” as you can get. He victimized children. That isn’t the same as being gay.
Sockeye responded, distilling everything I just said into conservative-speak:
Blaming pedophilia on homosexuality is like blaming guns for murder.
Interesting analogy. Makes sense, although making homosexuality the “gun” and pedophilia the “murder” implies a sort of loaded implication that homosexuals are just a hair trigger away from abusing kids… but I don’t think the analogy was meant that way. I think Sockeye merely meant that, like murder, victimizing children is an act a person chooses to do and not simply part of a state of being gay, straight, or whatever.
But Tom responds in the most horrific way possible.
It’s like blaming penises for rape!
Penises don’t rape people – rapists do!
First, nice “lol.” Sockeye is trying make a great point, so the best way to deal with it is to pretend you don’t see the cognitive dissidence in your own opinions- hence, “lol.”
Second, Tom’s statement is factually true. But he doesn’t mean it quite that way – it is dripping with sarcasm. Because in Tom’s world, being homosexual makes you a rapist-in-waiting. Otherwise, he couldn’t pin the blame on the Penn State affair on homosexuality. It wouldn’t compute. And Tom C will make it compute, goddamn it.
Somehow, he thinks this sort of talk is heroic, brave, and deep. Sigh….