Contact: Jeff Field, Director of Communications, The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK, July 26, 2012 /Standard Newswire/ -- Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on how the elites in two states are dealing with child abuse:
Yesterday, a bill was passed by voice vote in the Massachusetts House expanding the time period on civil claims of child sexual abuse. Today, an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer calls for Pennsylvania lawmakers to allow a two-year window for filing civil lawsuits in such cases. Neither effort is serious about combating this problem, and both endorse discriminatory legislation.
In Massachusetts, the bill that was passed would do absolutely nothing about child sexual abuse that occurs in the public schools; it applies exclusively to private institutions, such as the Catholic Church. Similarly, the editorial in the Inquirer says absolutely nothing about blanketing the public sector; unless a bill specifically targets the sovereign immunity status of the public schools, they remain exempt.
To end this posturing about the welfare of children, someone needs to introduce legislation that only targets the public sector. After the storm, then we can have a serious discussion about new legislation that treats both the private and public sectors equally. As it stands now, the elites are perpetrating a scam.