My weblog is not a forum for debunking Eric Raymond, but since I put up a permalink to his site I feel compelled to discuss some of his more outrageous stuff. Yesterday he cracked off a classic Raymond screed, this time about the homosexual pederasts in the Catholic church. As usual he makes some strong points and some stupid points.
The most dangerous thing he does is to conflate homosexuality with pedophilia. "Pederasty, at least, remains a common behavior among modern homosexuals," he writes. He accomplishes this sleight of hand by equating some fraction of the gay activist community, which supposedly welcomes pedophile groups, with all gays, and by making some generalizations about gay porn (a subject on which I am admittedly no expert). Raymond admits that straight porn has its share of "teen" fetish sites, but decides that is not relevant to his need to make sweeping statements about the supposed gay predilection for young flesh.
There are multiple scandals coming out of the pedophile priest affair. One is the institutional behavior of the Church. Another is the abuse of trust and physical abuse perpetrated by the priests. And a third is the gay witch hunt being offered as a substitute for focusing on the real problems, a phenomenon to which Raymond has decided to contribute.