We may need to start a new section of our Table of Contents for these cases. As you recall from our recent post, Another Creationist Bathroom Voyeur, we are developing a new scientific hypothesis:
[T]here may be some heretofore unsuspected — what shall we call it — Creationism-Voyeurism Syndrome — CVS? Maybe, in honor of the first case we learned about, it should be called the McConaghie syndrome. [A reference to David McConaghie -- see Creationist Suspected of Bathroom Voyeurism.]
The question we’re asking is this: Is there something deep within the creationist brain that causes such perverted behavior? Or maybe creationism isn’t the trigger; perhaps there’s some disorder that produces both creationism and voyeurism? We don’t know, and we realize that at this point we’ve collected only a few of these bathroom voyeurism cases — and not all of them were reliably reported as being creationists. That’s understandable. Except for preachers, where the creationism is obvious, few perverts are asked about creationism.
The evidence keeps piling up — especially on slow news days when there’s nothing else to write about. We learned of today’s case study in The Province of British Columbia. Their shocking headline is Ont. hockey volunteer faces dozens of child porn, voyeurism charges in locker-room video probe. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — A man who police say was very active in the Peterborough hockey community is facing 62 charges in connection with a child pornography and sexual assault investigation by two Ontario police forces.
Police say the charges stem from alleged incidents involving multiple victims, including dozens of child porn and voyeurism charges linked to videos allegedly made in locker rooms, primarily in the Peterborough area.
Police say a search warrant was executed on Monday at a home in Peterborough and James Alex Brunton, 65, was arrested.
Yes, dear reader, we can anticipate your reaction: Come on, Curmy, there’s lots of voyeurs out there, including the bathroom type, but where’s the creationist connection? That’s coming right up. The news story says:
Police say Brunton is very active in the Peterborough hockey community and has served as secretary, manager, assistant or volunteer for the Peterborough Minor Petes AAA, the Lakefield Chiefs Jr. Hockey, the Peterborough Junior C Lakers and the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey.
He has also volunteered at the Telecare Distress Centres of Canada, police said.
That last group is the connection we’re looking for. Here’s their website: Telecare Distress Centres of Canada. If you click on “History” you’ll find this:
The Telecare model for a crisis intervention telephone ministry originated in Sydney, Australia in 1963. … The first LifeLine related service in Canada was founded in Sudbury, Ontario on October 4, 1965, by the Rev. D. Bruce MacDougall of St. Peter’s United Church.
Here’s the website for that church: St. Peter’s United Church. If you click on “About us” you’ll learn that their parent organization is the United Church of Canada. We don’t find them in the National Center for Science Education’s listing of Statements from Religious Organizations that accept evolution, so until demonstrated otherwise, we’ll assume they’re creationists. [Addendum: as pointed out in the comments, they're not a creationist denomination.] Back to the news story:
Brunton is further charged with 25 counts of voyeurism, 12 counts of making child pornography and 12 counts of possession of child pornography stemming from his alleged involvement in covertly making videos in hockey team locker rooms.
All right, that’s enough. We now have another data-point for our hypothesis of a deep and disturbing connection between creationism and bathroom voyeurism.
At what point should we regard our hypothesis as a well-established theory? A few more cases should do the job. Until then, it’s certainly prudent to regard creationist organizations — and their bathroom facilities — with suspicion.
In our Curmudgeonly benevolence, we cry out to all creationists: Repent! Learn some science. Abandon your foolish creationist beliefs before you follow the path that leads inevitably to personal ruin!
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