And here (via AmericaBlog) is your depressingly regular example of conservative family values:
After news broke that local law enforcement officials were investigating complaints that Louis Beres, longtime chairman of the Christian Coalition of Oregon, had molested three female family members when they were pre-teens, The Oregonian in Portland went out and interviewed Beres' family members.
Two told reporters that Beres, indeed, had molested them. All three said they have been interviewed for several hours by detectives.
"I was molested," said one of the women, now in her early 50s. "I was victimized, and I've suffered all my life for it. I'm still afraid to be in the same room with [Beres]."
Quick, cue this guy, who will be happy to explain how everyone is innocent until proven guilty, or how it's all a dirty Democratic smear campaign against a fine Christian, or how those girls were just asking for it, dressing like little tramps, they were. Or something.
HISTORICAL REMINDER: Lest we forget, Beres appears to be only the latest in a series of hypocritical, conservative child molesters:
As the last guy at any dinner party to strenuously oppose the death penalty, I'm happy that Susan Smith's life was spared. But what would have happened if the authorities had caught someone fitting the description of the black man whom she initially accused of kidnaping her babies?
Remember him -- the man described so tearfully by Smith during nine days of press conferences? Her story then, as summarized in USA Today: "Staring down the barrel of a gun, Susan Smith pleaded with the carjacker to let her children out of the car. But the thug sped away . . . taking with him Smith's young sons. . . . And a family prays . . . ."
Leading the prayers, according to the newspaper, was Beverly Russell, 47, the boys' step-grandfather who said, "That's what we need the country to do." It turned out that what Russell needed to do was something more, which was to come clean about his sexual relationship with his stepdaughter that began with fondling and kissing when she was 15 and continued into an adulterous affair right up to a few months before the boys were drowned.
Russell, a prominent leader of the South Carolina Republican Party and the local Christian Coalition, knew that Smith was not the sweet innocent first presented to the media because he had stolen her innocence. When she was only 6, her natural father killed himself over a messy divorce and Russell's marriage to Smith's mother. At the age of 13, Smith attempted suicide, and while aware of her fragile mental state, Russell began his sexual advances two years later. At 17, Smith attempted suicide again. Russell claims that he held off until Smith was married before escalating this sick sexual liaison.
And these are the folks who want to teach you morality.