What do we really believe?
The Blotter notes that "After interviewing some 40 former congressional pages, FBI agents have yet to turn up any evidence of direct sexual contact between underage pages and former Congressman Mark Foley. Instead, according to law enforcement officials and several former pages, a pattern is emerging of seduction by Foley that began when the boys were 16 and 17. In cases where actual sex followed, it was not until the boys were at the legal age of 18."
Suppose it turns out to be true that Foley waited until the pages were 18 or over before doing the deed with them. Doesn't that somehow make him the exemplar of "responsible" gay behavior? Seeing as he waited and it was all consensual behavior between "adults"? And if so isn't it true then that either the revulsion that the Democrats have generated against Foley really constitutes a concealed form of gay-bashing or an assertion that gay behavior is itself disgusting? And if one still feels revolted by Foley's behavior what exactly is at the root of the disgust. ABC's The Blotter continues:
FBI agents are seeking to interview every male congressional page during the 12 years Foley served in Washington, according to officials and pages who have been interviewed. "Then we plan to start questioning the female pages," said one senior law enforcement official.
Personally I am still creeped out by Foley. The problem lies in articulating a reason for this distaste. And none of the reasons I can give are particularly satisfactory. Maybe we can't find a reason for everything. I was really struck over the past few days -- thinking over the problems of coercive interrogation, the use of force in international affairs and even the nature of knowledge -- how few of our beliefs are actually logically consistent. In practice we live in a world where we "just don't know"; worse, where we can't ever know. Yet we must try and make our way in this world despite the uncertainty. I've often wondered whether faith, understood in some form, is a necessary condition for living in this world. Certainly if logic were our only guide we would soon enough be confounded.