I do not know how I missed this in the news the first time around:
Eric Bodenweiser, a former Republican candidate for the Delaware state Senate with ties to Christine O’Donnell and the Tea Party, was indicted Monday on charges that he sexually abused a child.
Bodenweiser, who suspended and then ended his campaign earlier this month, was indicted on 113 felony charges, including 39 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and 74 counts of unlawful sexual contact, according to The News Journal. Bodenweiser is currently being held pending bail on charges that he sexually abused the victim between 1987 and 1990.
What makes this particularly irony is that Bodenweiser is (or was) a member of the Delaware Family Policy Council. The group tackles such issues as “… crime, poverty, divorce, unwanted pregnancies, academic failure, and teen suicide.”
Here is a man who opposes anything that violates God’s values and laws, and it turns out that he spent three years raping a child 25 years ago.
It gets worse. Bodenweiser has connections with Christian Christine O’Donnell of “I’m not a witch; I’m a person” fame. In an interview, she defended Bodenweiser:
That’s why these sort of, charges are so, are so, potent as political weapons because they put a seed of doubt in someone’s mind. If you do it as an October surprise, there’s not enough time between when they throw the bomb on Election Day for the truth to really emerge and, um, it’s just, it’s tacky and it’s what’s happened to our political system.
She said that in response to a question about Bodenweiser’s arrest.
This marks yet another time a Tea Party candidate has said something stupid about rape. One must wonder what goes through their minds, if anything, in order to make them say these kinds of obviously idiotic comments.
At what point does it not dawn on O’Donnell that Bodenweiser is charged with child rape? That is not an “October surprise”; it is a felony. Correction, it is several felonies. Does she not know that you do not mock or trivialize child rape? And to call it “tacky” for the authorities to take a young man’s accusation seriously and arrest Bodenweiser?
There is another thing at play that some people without much sense might find ironic: Bodenweiser is anti-gay. Or course, homosexuality has nothing to do with child rape. Most people who abuse children are heterosexual, and the homosexual people who do commit child abuse do so because of their attraction to children or opportunism, not because of their sexuality. Anyone aware of basic sexual orientation politics should know this, and that makes Ozy Frantz’s comments about Bodenweiser rather strange:
Without excusing Mr. Bodenweiser’s heinous acts, they are the natural outcome of his attraction to men and his beliefs about homosexuality. After all, if gay men are sick and evil, if many of them molest children, if the very act of being attracted to people of the same gender is something God loathes and a sign that you were damaged… if you believe you’re evil already, you might end up molesting a thirteen-year-old. After all, you already risk being an outcast in your community and separated from your God if you act upon your desires. It’s not like molesting children makes it any worse… and the kid might not speak up.
It’s horrible. I do not condone it. And the rape culture here is something I intend to fight.
None of that makes any logical sense. We do not know what Bodenweiser thinks, let alone what his sexual orientation is. We do not know the circumstances behind the abuse or what prompted it to end. There are scores of gay men and women who feel conflicted about their sexuality because of their faith who never go on to abuse children because “it’s not like molesting children makes it any worse”.
For Ozy to make that argument smacks of ideological stupidity. It is a leap that appears to have been made solely to bring in that last bit about “rape culture”, which itself makes no sense. The young man reported Bodenweiser and the police later arrested the former candidate. It would appear then that the authorities believed the boy and took him seriously since they indicted Bodenweiser with 113 felonies. There is no “rape culture” at play.
There is, however, a lot of stupid ideology at play, from Bodenweiser and O’Donnell to Ozy Frantz. Perhaps it is time to set the ideologies aside since it does not seem they do anyone any good.