So, the latest report is that not only is conservative Repubican Mark Foley gay, but he claims he was molested by priests as a child, and he has been keeping his sexuality a secret all his life.
So, here we go. I would argue, once again, that the problem here is two fold:
#1) The cultural and personal repression of one’s natural sexuality, which leads to these unhealthy self-loathing and secretive problems. I would argue that if Foley had been open and comfortable with his sexuality these issues would be likely.
#2) Not only is religion responsible for the environment of fear and unacceptance of homosexuality, but here again we see how the church is complicit in creating long term damage to society through its special status and its cultural position of being above reproach, making these types of abuses much easier to perpetrate.