Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Charges Against Ed Murray Are Not Representative of Anything

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
The anti-LGBT hate site, LifeSiteNews is running a post titled “Seattle’s homosexual mayor faces multiple child rape allegations.” Obviously, this has nothing to do with the Catholic Church or important news. The reason that LifeSiteNews is running this is to denigrate gay people. They are obsessed with gay people. LSN's tags on the piece are “homosexuality, rape, seattle mayor ed murray.” Their pernicious intent is to claim that gay men are child molesters. It is a call to stereotype. It is not true!

It is important to remember that these are allegations against Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle. Yet, even if true, what is the point? For example, quoting from the Washington Post regarding an incident that gained some notoriety:
In the case of Judge John McKeon, as of early morning Wednesday, almost 20,000 people had signed a Change.org petition calling for his impeachment for the 60-day sentence he gave a Glasgow, Mont., man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping his prepubescent daughter.

“A father repeatedly raped his 12-year old daughter,” Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen said during an Oct. 4 [2016] sentencing hearing.
That doesn't mean that heterosexual men are attracted to their daughters (although Trump has said some very creepy things about Ivanka).

According to LSN:
At least four men have come forward to accuse Murray of rape.

Delvonn Heckard says Murray "raped and molested" him as a teenager. Lloyd Anderson made a similar accusation against Murray in 2007. Jeff Simpson has repeatedly stated that Murray anally raped him for three years while he was Murray's foster son in the 1980s, starting when he was 13.

Both Heckard and Simpson said Murray gave them money for sex. Simpson added that Murray gave him drugs for sex, too.
That is three people, not four.

Apparently some old records have been located that were thought to have been destroyed:
Child Protective Services caseworker Judy Butler concluded in her 1984 investigation: "In the professional judgment of this caseworker who has interviewed numerous children of all ages and of all levels of emotional disturbance regarding sexual abuse, Jeff Simpson has been sexually abused by Edward Murray."
LSN at least point out Murray's response:
Murray responded to the latest documents, again denying the accusations and pointing out that the prosecutor never brought charges against him at the time. "Based on the totality of the evidence that was collected, the district attorney declined to file charges,” Murray's statement read.
Apparently they did not file charges because the accuser was considered unstable and had a history of manipulative behavior. That doesn't mean that Murray did not rape him but he did not have enough credibility to bring charges.

I don't want to make excuses for Mayor Murray. I am neither defending nor prosecuting him. I only seek to make the point that the accusations against him have no bearing on gay men, some of whom are parents.

I gather that the statute of limitation has expired. If Murray did any of these things then he has to live with himself and the due opprobrium. Murray is also a devout Catholic and this does not mean that Catholics are predisposed to be pedophiles any more than it means that gay men are predisposed to be pedophiles.

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