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FIRST-PERSON: Roman Polanski’s stench

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)–A young man home from college told his mother he and his roommate were considering a goat for a pet.

“Where will you keep it?” the mother asked.

“In our room,” the son said.

“Oh my, won’t the odor be offensive?” the mother asked.

“No,” the boy replied nonchalantly, “the goat will get used to it.”

Many liberals have sniffed the stench of sexual depravity for so long they are now quite comfortable with the putrid scent of immorality and perversion. So sullied is the moral olfactory sense of some liberals that now even child rape carries no offensive odor.

An example of the warped sense of sexual morality many on the left possess is clearly seen in the reaction to the recent arrest of Roman Polanski, the famed film director who was taken into custody in Switzerland on Sept. 26.

Polanski fled the United States 32 years ago prior to serving a sentence for the crime of sex with minor, a charge for which he had plea bargained. The minor in question, a girl, was only 13 at the time of her encounter with Polanski.

Polanski insists the girl was a sophisticated teen and the encounter was consensual. The deposition the girl gave in 1977 paints a very different picture. She stated that Polanski gave her alcohol and drugs. Then, in spite of her requests to be taken home and for him to stop, he raped her in ways not fit for polite discussion.

Now that Polanski has been arrested in Switzerland, he is fighting extradition to the U.S. where he will face the reality of his crime once again, but also the prospect of prison.

Even though his offense was vile and despicable, many liberals throughout the United States and the world are voicing their support for Polanski.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner called Polanski’s arrest “a bit sinister” in an interview with France-Inter radio. Kouchner said he and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski had asked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to insure he is released on bail.

French Culture Minister Fredrick Mitterrand has been quoted in a variety of reports saying, “In the same way there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face.”

To some liberals in Europe, a man who rapes a 13-year-old girl and becomes a fugitive from justice is still viewed as a good and “generous” man. In contrast, the criminal justice system in America that seeks to hold a child molester accountable is “sinister” and “scary.”

Not to be outdone, more than 100 film industry individuals in America have signed a petition calling for Polanski’s release. Among those lending their name to the cause are Hollywood big-wigs Woody Allen and Martin Scorcese.

Actress Debra Winger has said, “We stand by him and await his release and his next masterpiece.”

How can the left defend such heinous actions? How can they simply look the other way when a 13-year-old has been raped?

For one, they believe the pervert Polanski. He has maintained the encounter was consensual.

For the sake of argument, let’s say he is telling the truth, which is hard for me to do in this case. Does that matter?

In 1977 the age of consent in California was 16 — now it is 18. So, even if you believe a 13-year-old girl could consent to having sex with a 43-year-old man, and the thought boggles my mind, the act was still illegal.

Many liberals scoff at age of consent laws, which in their mind are puritanical rather than protective. Just remember that the next time you hear about a liberal spouting off about a program designed to protect children. The only thing some liberals want to protect is sexual license whatever a person’s age.

“I know it wasn’t rape-rape,” Whoopi Goldberg commented on the Polanski case. “I think it was something else, but I don’t believe it was rape-rape,” the actress/comedian said during the Sept. 29 episode of ABC’s daytime talk show “The View.”

What is rape-rape? Who knows? It will mean to a liberal whatever he or she — in this case Goldberg — wants it to mean. I suspect that in Goldberg’s moral universe only conservatives are capable of rape-rape. Liberals, like Polanski, are lesser rapists, well-meaning rapists.

When a liberal wants to justify any behavior, he or she simply invents a word or words to muddle or mute the reality of the situation. In his book “1984,” George Orwell referred to this technique as “double speak,” and for many liberals it is their primary language. In Goldberg’s case, it’s being used to mute the brutal reality of child rape.

Liberals who are not offended by the odor of rape — especially child rape — and go so far as to justify or ignore it reveal they have been sniffing the fumes of moral depravity far too long. They have gotten used to the stench of immorality and they are unable to appreciate the sweet aroma of moral purity.
Kelly Boggs is a weekly columnist for Baptist Press and editor of the Baptist Message (www.baptistmessage.com), newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

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