Jewish World Review May 13, 2002 / 2 Sivan, 5762
Let's get specific. In Boston right now, there is great anger directed at Cardinal Bernard Law for enabling pedophile priests to do their evil deeds. Seventy-five percent of Boston's Catholics want Law to resign and slink away. But what does Massachusetts' most famous Catholic say? Well, Sen. Edward Kennedy has not taken a "position" on the controversy. Asked if he wanted Law to resign, Kennedy issued a statement that said his thoughts on the Cardinal would remain "private." What a profile in courage old Ted is.
For 40 years, Kennedy has represented the Bay State in the Senate, and when the most brutal scandal since the Salem Witch Trials occurs, where is Teddy? Missing-In-Action, that's where. At first, Kennedy said the Cardinal should not resign. But when the winds started to shift, Kennedy went "private" with his thoughts. That must be a great comfort to the victims of child molestation.
Sen. Edward Kennedy should be angry and demanding answers from Law and the Vatican. Kennedy was elected to represent the people of his state. Molested kids fall into that category. So when will Kennedy hold a press conference on all this? When will he request a meeting with Law? When will he reassure the victims of molestation that he is looking out for them? What say you, senator?
And then there's Jeb Bush. As a candidate for governor of Florida in 1998, he vowed to protect the state's unwanted children and reform Department of Children and Families, which was a mess under Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. Bush was elected and doubled that agency's budget. Unfortunately, much of the new money went to buy computers that didn't work. Meantime, a 4-year-old girl in foster care named Rilya Wilson went missing. But her state caseworker, Deborah Muskelly, did not inform anyone about that, and a judge says she lied about the status of the child. Fifteen months have passed. Little Rilya is still missing.
Our pal Jeb has appointed a "committee" to find out what happened. But the press wants to talk with Ms. Muskelly. The State of Florida, however, will not produce her, and Gov. Bush will not say where she is. Why? Because the case is under investigation, he says. So what? There's no law or policy that says Bush can't tell everybody where this Muskelly person is and what she's saying. Perhaps that information could help in finding Rilya. But no, Bush is mum. Instead of taking a hands-on interest in finding out what the hell happened to a defenseless 4-year-old, he has formed a "committee." What a guy.
Are you getting the picture here? We are a nation that continues to elect people who are so cowardly and self-interested that they won't even extend themselves for abused children. Where is the outrage over pedophilia and the disappearance of a 4-year-old under state supervision? Kennedy and Bush should be on every news program in sight. They should be raising holy hell. But that is way too risky. It might come back to hurt them politically.
I have had it with gutless politicians who don't have enough moral fiber to lead the charge to protect American kids. These guys have big names and big bucks. What they don't have is grit and a sense of moral outrage. In the face of rampant pedophilia and the loss of an innocent child -- we get "committees" and "private" thoughts. Well here's a public thought directed at Ted and Jeb, and all our elected officials: You people better start standing up and looking out for the weakest among us -- because someday the American people are going to wake up and clean
05/06/02: Hide the children