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But He’s Not a Catholic Priest

Posted on | December 29, 2014 | 28 Comments

Whenever a news story about sexual abuse by a public school teacher makes headlines, Pete Da Tech Guy is always quick to point out that the major media doesn’t see a trend — a pattern of systemic abuse — because the suspect is not a Catholic priest. Sexual abuse is only a newsworthy trend when the suspect is a religious leader:

He was a world-famous medicine man, a traditional healer and spiritual leader. Followers would travel long distances to this tiny hamlet on the Great Plains to be in his presence and pray in the darkness with him in a sacred sweat lodge.
But Charles Chipps Sr., a medicine man on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, had a dark secret, federal prosecutors say.
For years, they allege, Chipps sexually abused and raped girls, including some of his own daughters and granddaughters; many of the alleged victims were younger than 12 and several were as young as 5. A girl from Colorado whose aunt brought her to meet Chipps for spiritual guidance committed suicide after revealing the abuse she allegedly suffered.
The sexual abuse of children has long been regarded as a rampant if largely unspoken problem on Native American reservations . . . But Chipps’s case, as described in court testimony, is among the most shocking — entailing allegations that a respected elder sexually abused at least six girls. . . .

Read the whole thing. Not a Catholic priest, so it’s not a trend.



28 Responses to “But He’s Not a Catholic Priest”

  1. Political Rift » But He’s Not a Catholic Priest
    December 29th, 2014 @ 9:49 am

    […] Robert Stacy McCain Whenever a news story about sexual abuse by a public school teacher makes headlines, Pete Da Tech […]

  2. GadsdenJazz
    December 29th, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    The organizational protection the left gives its own from consequences for objectively heinous behavior is repugnant. From Polanski and Clinton sympathizers to supporters of teachers’ unions, liberals discount reality to embrace a world-view in which they themselves and those most precious to them are grist for the mills of perversion that liberals erect with their own hands.

  3. RS
    December 29th, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    There is a reason the media find the sexual scandals of religious people newsworthy: the hook is the exposure of ostensible hypocrisy. The Media gets to gleefully point out that the perpetrators are not living up to their own professed standards. That hook does not exist for non religious sexual criminals. And given that the Media is filled with people who, themselves, have no personal moral standards and generally believe that morality is a fluid concept, the sexual crimes of of others, like public school teachers, are not any sort of blip on their radar.

  4. Dana
    December 29th, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    Nothing to see here, folks. Please, move along.

  5. Trazymarch
    December 29th, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    How about various psychologists when they are molesting children? Are priests the only group who is expected to have high standards? Even if others don’t seem to have “self-professed” standards.

  6. John Rose
    December 29th, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    Oddly enough, when I read stories like this, I’m reminded of Isaac Asimov’s “The Martian Way”.

    (Bear with me, here)

    Asimov wrote his short story to call out the abuses of the McCarthy era, which, since Asimov was a devout leftist, were, of course, all on the part of the anti-communists.

    The statement that comes to mind is that of one of the ancillary characters, to the effect of, and I must paraphrase: “you can’t fight an emotional fight with hard facts”. The story goes on to describe how the villain of the story has created a great conspiracy, filled it with evildoers, and so on and so forth.

    That’s what comes to mind in these instances. The Left has created a vast conspiracy. Dedicated to the oppression of women, minorities, and so forth. Populated by hypocritical, puritanical fascists who want only to outlaw perceived deviancies while remaining deviant themselves.

    Based on observation, I would put forth that this view is a projection of their own views and biases, rather than of ours; that, of course, is a discussion for another thread…

    But to Asimov’s comment – so it goes. We can trot out whatever numbers we like. Number of priests vs. number of ministers/teachers/youth ministers/coaches/etc. (insert anyone in a power position with access to children). We can point out the differing treatment of the chosen (celebrities, democrat politicians) vs. the fallen (Catholics, Biblical Protestants, Conservatives of any stripe); it all amounts to naught, since it’s ALL part of the conspiracy.

    Hard facts don’t matter. They are an inconvenience to the Liberal intelligentsia, and an outright lie to the foot soldiers in the cause. Hard facts do not win battles with the Left’s foot soldiers (in whom ADHD seems to be approved, if not actually cultivated). Debates are less a matter of argument to a point than they are of controlled redirection of questions to avoid arguing the point. Straw men are erected and slain at an alarming rate. Moreover, often enough, the victims are willing participants. Witness the hook up culture, the issue of black unemployment, etc.

    In my humble opinion, of course…

    Now the question remains, how do we either become better at the emotional game, or better at disseminating facts?

  7. jakee308
    December 29th, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    “Sexual abuse is only a newsworthy trend when the suspect is a religious leader.”

    Make that CHRISTIAN religious leader.

    Note they don’t say squat about the Satanic Church which has pedophilia and other perversions as a requirement to show true “faith”.

    And of course there’s Islam. Mohammed was a pedophile, Islam approves of child marriage and of other certain types of sexual gratification (or at least doesn’t disapprove of them).

    Yet we hear nothing about those sort of sexual depredations.

    Just recently an example arose in Britain where an entire community was being terrorized by Muslims and the Police actively ignored the evidence.

    I have to say that with the degree of anti christian attitudes growing and growing it’s restoring my faith as no false religion could garner so many despicable enemies.

  8. Gunga
    December 29th, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    Maybe it is time for the Washington Redskins to change their name…

  9. JohnnyL53
    December 29th, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    SJW’s have a history of false rape accusations on campus’s in order to draw attention the their hot button issue. The never seem to give much thought to anyone that may get harmed by what they do. Facts are inconvenient, the narrative is everything.

  10. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    December 29th, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    If you do it with peyote it is all right. Stop being so raaaaacist!

  11. Daniel Freeman
    December 29th, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

    The sexual abuse of children has long been regarded as a rampant if largely unspoken problem on Native American reservations

    Unspoken? A decade ago, I was told pretty bluntly about shamans screwing teens on the reservations. If it took one diddling kiddies to get people’s attention, that’s on us.

  12. RS
    December 29th, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    Well, to criticize a Native American religious figure would be the epitome of cultural imperialism. Christianity only exists because a bunch of white guys, like, over a hundred years ago, decided they need a philosophical prop to oppress brown people.


  13. pst314
    December 29th, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    I believe it is regarded as acceptable because it is an authentic non-Western non-white cultural tradition. Or something.

  14. Adobe_Walls
    December 29th, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    But they do give some thought, in fact a great deal of thought to who might get hurt. Hurting the enemy, there are no innocents, is the point. That is the point, the means are the ends.

  15. Buffalobob
    December 29th, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    Fortunately female pedophile teachers are not affiliated with any Christian organization, if they were we would have a major national scandal.

  16. Adobe_Walls
    December 29th, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    Disseminating the facts assumes that the left are persuadable and that the neutral or low information can be educated. If the neutral could be, if they had any interest in being educated they would be already.

  17. Fail Burton
    December 29th, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

    …and eventually we bombed Berlin.

  18. Fail Burton
    December 29th, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    America has become a race/gender Star Chamber. Right race, right gender, you slide.

  19. Trazymarch
    December 29th, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

    “Now the question remains, how do we either become better at the emotional game, or better at disseminating facts?”

    Rather than “disseminating facts” there is necessity to go underneath behavior of the leftist and at the very least try to answer questions: 1. Why are they doing that? 2. What’s their final aim? 3. Where are they doing that? 4. What are inspirations of their ideas?

    I am quite skeptical that disseminating facts have any point but maybe it’s good thing to continue this anyway.

  20. ken_lov
    December 29th, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

    If there’s a point to this snark I’m not seeing it. What’s supposed to be implied – that the Catholic Church’s cover-up of sexual assaults on kids was OK because other people do it too?

  21. Trazymarch
    December 29th, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

    Did you read the article or only title?
    ” Pete Da Tech Guy is always quick to point out that the major media doesn’t see a trend — a pattern of systemic abuse — because the suspect is not a Catholic priest. Sexual abuse is only a newsworthy trend when the suspect is a religious leader:”

  22. John Rose
    December 29th, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    Frankly, I’m skeptical as well. I see no desire for facts from the LIV crowd. I also see a perverse pride in a LACK of achievement. Ignorance apparently really IS bliss.

  23. John Rose
    December 29th, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    No, what’s implied is that “other peoples” sexual assaults are not seen as any sort of trend (homosexuality, power corrupting, access to children), because many of the ‘other peoples’ are ‘good people’; i.e., teachers, approved minorities or religious leaders, or some combination thereof.

  24. ken_lov
    December 29th, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

    OK so where’s the trend that’s allegedly being hidden? If other Native American leaders have been charged with similar offences, who not say so? One person doesn’t constitute a trend or a pattern. In the Roman Catholic Church, on the other hand, even senior clerics have acknowledged systemic abuse and cover-ups. So to me it’s still a bit of snark looking for a point to make.

  25. theoldsargesays
    December 29th, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

    Question: Is ken_lov
    A. Obtuse
    B. Stupid

    B. Stupid

  26. Daniel Freeman
    December 29th, 2014 @ 11:28 pm

    If you read the linked article, you will see that it acknowledges the open secret that there are two problems with child sex abuse on the rez: one that it’s rampant, and the other that it’s hard to prosecute. This case apparently only made news because the accused was so prominent and the children so young.

  27. ken_lov
    December 29th, 2014 @ 11:54 pm

    So what is the media supposed to do – run regular reports saying “sexual abuse of children still rumored to be rampant amongst Native Americans, so there’s definitely a trend even though nobody’s been prosecuted”? I mean the stories about the Catholic Church were about a global institution: about named priests, named victims, court convictions, official Church apologies, compensation being offered and paid – surely you see how different that is to unproven rumors about a particular ethnic group? It was news because there was something concrete to report, just as there has been in the case of Guy. McCain’s sneering insinuation that somehow the media has been picking on the Church while giving Native Americans a pass is just nonsense.

  28. Daniel Freeman
    December 30th, 2014 @ 12:36 am

    Well, they sure don’t have a problem publishing uncorroborated allegations against elite white male college students that were fabricated, let alone men that exist. Right now, you should be asking yourself, why the double standard?