Below is the intro to Joe Cater’s post on the Penn State Scandal. You must read the whole thing. I am so angry over the passivity, cowardice, selfishness, injustice, and evil exhibited by men at Penn State.
For the past few days I’ve been trying, without success, to make sense of the disgusting spectacle at Penn State. My reaction can be summed up in one word: inexplicable. The actions of Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier, Mike McQueary, the rioting Penn State students—all of it is inexplicable. I tell myself that it must be an anomalous event, for I can’t bear the idea that it may be symptomatic of our larger culture.
Since other writers have formed more coherent opinions on the topic, I’ll share what I think about what they’ve written.
My main thought about the situation is summed up by this comment by Rod Dreher:
I don’t know that I can think of an act of everyday cowardice more vile than Mike McQueary, big strapping 6-foot-4-inch Mike McQueary, walking away when he came upon an old man sodomizing a little boy.
Exactly. McQueary is the living embodiment of cowardice. The idea that a man could act in such a manner is beyond my comprehension. Anyone who is even remotely sympathetic to his situation or thinks they may have done the same thing in similar circumstances needs to stop whatever they are doing and begin some serious soul-searching.