Posted on | September 13, 2012 | 14 Comments
As a synonym for “moral superiority,” substitute nude young boys:
Dr. Richard J. Keller, 56, of Andover, was arrested and charged today with receipt of child pornography.
Prosecutors said Keller bought or ordered more than 50 DVDs of child pornography online. An ongoing search of his home in Andover has turned up more than 500 high-gloss photographs and between 60 and 100 DVDs of child pornography, authorities said.
Keller is a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office. He was also medical director at Phillips Academy for 19 years before he stepped down last year. . . .
[T]he case began with an investigation two years ago of an unidentified overseas movie production company that offered streaming video and DVDs of films featuring nude young boys engaged in food fights, showering, wrestling in bed and playing Twister. . . .
Because the Harvard instructor’s position at an elite prep school gave him access to, well, nude young boys, Dan Riehl at Riehl World News is concerned: “I hope we don’t start hearing about a long list of actual incidents involving minors.” More at the Boston Globe and CBS Boston.
Such cases confront us with a chicken-or-the-egg question: Which comes first, the decadence or the elitism? Aren’t we justified in suspecting that a contempt for ordinary people is somehow related to a contempt for ordinary morality?
Recall the case of Columbia University Professor (and Palin-hating HuffPo blogger) David Epstein, who was convicted last year of “consensual incest” with his own daughter.
Professor Epstein’s conviction was never reported by the major media, and we saw no intellectual pundits proclaiming that his perversion was an institutional scandal reflecting badly on the university that employed him. No — such lectures are reserved exclusively for scandals involving Catholic priests or Republican politicians, never Ivy League professors or other such elites whose superiority fits liberal conceptions of merit.
Roman Polanski and Woody Allen are revered film directors — how dare you lowbrow slobs pass judgment on them!
Just as none of the sins of show-biz icons can be interpreted as evidence of that Hollywood has embraced decadent values, no crime committed by anyone at Harvard or Columbia can be adduced as a general indictment of the Ivy League’s into degeneracy, a trend that Bill Buckley first described more than 60 years ago in God and Man at Yale.