This is how screwed up the Torah community's priorities are.
Rav Nosson Sliffkin writes a well-researched book showing that a non-literal interpretation of the first chapter of Bereishis is well within Jewish tradition without denying any of the major ikkarim of our faith. For his efferts, he is put in cherem, humiliated as publicly as possible and even had his Wikipedia page sabotaged.
But if you're a convicted pedophile it's only a short walk to the nearest shul that will give you an aliyah. (Hat tip: Failed Messiah)
Let's say someone from the recent Deal, NJ, raid gets convicted. Or let's say the Rubashkins finally run out of options and have to accept their punishments. What are the odds that, in return for having created such a public chilul Hashem they are put in cherem by anyone?
Write a book bringing to light legitimate halachic opinions that fall afoul of the "mainstream consensus"? You're committed an unforgiveable crime. Desecrate God's name in public? All in a day's work.
Ribono shel Olam, save us now.