1) According to Andrew Sullivan, it was well known in the gay community that Foley is gay.
2) The page receiving the text messages was 16, the age of consent in Washington DC where he worked.
3) Pedophilia: Sexual attraction to children
4) We therefore have an adult male homosexual sending lewd messages to a young man. Please, skip the pedophilia argument.
So where does that leave you? Bashing gays. Can this get any better?
On a separate note, to those of you who are revolted by Speaker Hastert not acting on that which he knew nothing about but should have, I provide a bit of history:
Gerry Studds represented the 10th U.S. House District of Massachusetts from 1973 to 1997.When Studds announced his intention to ignore the uproar and to run for re-election, he received a standing ovation from the Democrats then in Congress. I remind you, this came after Studds had sexual intercourse with a page (though perhaps if he had text messaged the young man, you and they would be outraged - finally).
On July 20, 1983, Gerry was censured for having an affair 10 years earlier with a male page. He turned his back as the charges against him were read. Gerry held a press conference with the page and admitted to a relationship. They each firmly stated that what had gone on in their bedroom was their business, and absolutely no one else's.
Gerry was easily reelected in 1984, making him the first openly gay member of Congress and the first gay member of Congress to be reelected. He won 5 more terms after that, and retired in 1996. (link)
So spare me the clenched fists. And keep the invective out of my inbox. You're all hypocrites. Or Democrats. Same difference.