I Call Bullshit

“Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.” -Richard Dawkins

I wrote before about the discussion of the good and bad deeds committed by Joe Paterno and how people seem to juxtapose these events in some sort of moralistic pros and cons list. I mentioned the article Sally Jenkins wrote for the Washington Post and her subsequent interview on Hang Up and Listen.

According to Mike McQueary, the graduate student who walked in on Jerry Sandusky having anal sex with a young boy in the Penn State locker room,he was “delicate” in his description of the event when he told Paterno. Jenkins asks Paterno if he would have taken more serious action if McQueary had been more explicit.

Paterno replies:

“I don’t know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of, of, rape and a man,”

Joe Paterno was born in 1926. He existed on planet Earth for 86 years. He lived through How To Catch A Predator, Jeffery Dahmer, The Kite Runner (the book and the movie), Michael Devlin, Mystic River, the child soldiers in the Congo, Steven Stayner, Sleepers, and the entire sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church. There is a near zero probability that he had “never heard of” a man raping a boy.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, with no TV and no internet and no neighborhood gossip, you can’t possibly be unaware that sometimes men sexually abuse young boys. You could, however, be willfully ignorant of the abuse going on in your own locker room.

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