So we have Republican Representative Mark Foley sending sexually suggestive instant messages to a 16-year-old Congressional page (i.e. asking the boy the measurements of his penis on AIM, etc.). Foley resigns. Then he checks into rehab to treat alcoholism. Then Republican House leaders swear up and down that they had nooo idea what was going on. (The Times says leaders knew what Foley was up to for a long time.)
The whole thing gets weirder today, and more complicated, when Foley says that (1) he was molested as a child, by a member of the clery no less, and that (2) he's gay.
But this is what troubles me: Why is Foley bringing being molested as a child into this? Does that somehow explain his behavior? Does that somehow justify it? There are plenty of adults out there who were molested as children but can keep their hands well enough to themselves as adults (read: the vast majority of them).
Then the gay thing just muddies everything up further. So now Foley is a man who was molested as a child, who already has or greatly wants to molest children now, and--hey!--he's a homosexual, too.
So now we have that great thing started up, all over the press, and links somehow between molestation and homosexuality can be twisted around by right-wing nutters and conservative talking heads. Things can get murky and convoluted very quickly for some Americans when it comes to stuff like this.
So the real question is why Foley's attorney is talking about Foley's sexual abuse as a child and then flinging Foley out the closet doors and into a trapdoor that's going to snap his neck.
It just doesn't make any sense.