Rarely do I use my blog to express a personal opinion more important than who’s doing what on Dancing With the Stars, but this time I’m making an exception.
I am sickened by the stories concerning Penn State, its coaches and upper level administration. Just when did the game become more important than the well being of innocent children? And is Joe Pa supposed to look heroic because he is stepping down at the end of the season? Granted, he may have coached until he was 101 if it were not for these most unpleasant revelations, but why is he being allowed to stay for a minute longer? He is already the winningest coach in college football, and if history has anything to do with it, it is probably that accomplishment rather than his turning away from a tawdry situation for which he will be remembered.
Penn State’s sorry state of affairs is just the latest in a series of stomach turning situations which have touched such presumably upstanding organizations as the Catholic church and the Boy Scouts. I am sorry for the sickness that causes adults to molest innocent youngsters, but that does not excuse their behavior nor should we as a society turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to it. When we do, it says a lot about our moral fiber and not much of it is good.
What has happened can’t be changed. Young boys who were abused can’t reclaim their innocence. The people who knew it was going on can’t deny their part in allowing it to happen again and again. I know it is not for me to judge anyone’s behavior, but in cases where any youngster, male or female, is treated brutally and perhaps scarred for the rest of their life it is hard to overlook.
I hope that if I’m ever in a position to right a wrong, I have the courage to do it.