Maureen Dowd in The New York Times on Sandusky's trial Dowd explicitly recounts the horrifying testimony from alleged victims of former Penn State defensive football coach Jerry Sandusky. Dowd examines how the abuse of boys in his youth football program began and how Sandusky managed to evade punishment for so long. "Like pedophile priests, Sandusky was especially vile because he targeted vulnerable boys. Later, when victims finally spoke up, there was a built-in defense: those boys were trouble; you can't believe them," she writes. "It was an open joke in Penn State football circles that you shouldn't drop your soap in the shower when Jerry was around. Only the boys in the shower weren't laughing."
Nathaniel Frank in The Los Angeles Times on a gay parenting study University of Texas at Austin Professor Mark Regnerus released a study this week finding that children raised by stable, heterosexual parents do better in life than those raised by homosexual parents. The study, Frank writes, is flawed because it samples people with a parent who has ever had a same-sex relationship. Thus the study examined many kids whose parents' gay relationships often broke up a heterosexual marriage, and under-represented children raised by two stable, gay parents. "There is a larger point, however, that can be lost in the debate over how to read the data," Frank says. "There is no basis in the recent history of American social policy for testing the parenting skills of a class of citizens before we grant them permission to parent — or to marry."