published Friday, July 20th, 2012

Institutional failure at PSU

Lately, the Department of Homeland Security has been promoting a phrase — "See something, say something" — in the hopes that folks will alert proper authorities if something stirs suspicion.

That same motto would have served Penn State University officials well over the better part of the past two decades. In recent days, we've learned that covering up was far more common than speaking up at Penn State.

Penn State's earth-shaking scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and 10 young boys, 45 charges of sexual abuse and a 15-year cover up now implicates not only the evil predator, but many of the most powerful leaders at the university.

These enablers who protected a vile pedophile were highlighted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh in a report commissioned by the university.

According to a Reuters news account, the 267-page report identified that the late legendary football coach Joe Paterno, former Penn State President Graham Spanier, Vice President and finance official Gary Schultz, and Athletic Director Tim Curley attempted to avoid "bad publicity" by "repeatedly concealing critical facts."

The Freeh report also reveals grand jury findings showing "that these four men knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky relating to sexual misconduct with a young boy in a Penn State football locker room shower."

This information was kept from the Penn State's Trustees and no action was taken toward the assistant coach. Curley and Schultz now face charges of perjury and failure to report child abuse.

Compounding the cover-up is the sequence of events that occurred in February 2001 with a former graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, who witnessed Sandusky engaging in a sex act with a young boy, then reported what he saw to Coach Paterno. Paterno spoke with university officials who never acted after the coach convinced them to "keep the reports internal."

This tragedy demonstrates complete institutional failure due to those in leadership refusing to lead. The reputation of Coach Joe Paterno, which was once stellar on the field and pristine in the Penn State community, has been ruined through fear and inaction.

The others that were influenced and biased by an authority figure that participated in such a cover up are no less guilty.

Our institutions — from universities to corporations and churches to government -- are only as honest, virtuous and strong as the leaders within them.

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MalleusChristus said...

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

ROMANS 1:22 "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness,..."

July 20, 2012 at 8:19 a.m.
MalleusChristus said...

Deuteronomy 23- "There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a 'sodomite' of the sons of Israel. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God." ["...or the price of a dog,..." 'Dog in Holy Scripture=Homosexual'] II Corinthians 6-"...what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?...for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."

July 20, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.
MalleusChristus said...

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

Acts 4:19

"But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye."

July 23, 2012 at 10:14 p.m.
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