Cognitive Dissonance

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(TW: Rape apologism and abject stupidity) What’s the difference between Joe Paterno and a guy who knows a friend who smokes weed but doesn’t report it?

jackpowerx:

sanityscraps:

deadcrackerstorage:

tonysatiger:

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. 

Joe Paterno didn’t molest little boys. He knew a close friend who did something illegal. We probably all know someone who did/does something illegal - downloads illegally, shoplifts, does drugs, speeds in the streets, doesn’t stop at stop signs, cheats on tests, etc.

People who know friends/peers who break the law without reporting them do not have any right to blame Joe Paterno. They themselves have no higher moral code than Paterno. Were his choices the best? No, but he has given so much to Pennsylvania and the Penn State university and he should not be remembered as “the man who let child molesting happen.” 

You compared child rape to smoking weed.

You compared child rape to smoking weed.

You compared child rape to smoking weed.

YOU COMPARED CHILD RAPE TO SMOKING WEED.

Fuck you, you shitstain.

It’s people like you keeping me from finding a good place to live next year because of this anti-smoking attitude you douchebags foster.

Abject stupidity indeed.

Not everything that is illegal is wrong, and not everything that is legal is right.  So framing this as a legal/illegal issue is disingenuous.

And yes, there is a stark difference between the two: the person smoking weed is affecting himself and only himself.  Sandusky adversely affected many, many young children under his trust. They will never be the person they could have been because of him.

And also, yes, Paterno should be remembered as “the man who let child molesting happen”, as should everyone involved with this.  If Sandusky had killed those children instead of molesting them, and the same coverup occurred, would you be making the same correlation?  I don’t think so.

As for me, I’d much rather be remembered as “the man who saw someone toke up and was totally okay with it”.

Seriously…

'Til Joe Paterno destroyed lives by covering up the rape and abuse of children, and all your weed-smoking friends do is destroy bags of Funyuns, Doritos, and order pizza whilst giggling at random shit on Netflix, etc.

It’s legal for me to not report it — and that’s truly questionable. It’s immoral for me not do so. Emphasis mine above.

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