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Pedophilia as Just Another Sexual Orientation?

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

An article written by an editor of the popular Gawker blog site suggests that pedophiles should be treated with the same tolerance as homosexual and heterosexual couples because their attraction to children is just another type of sexual orientation.

The popular Poor Richard's News blog came across the Sept. 7 article which was entitled, "Born This Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with Children." Written by Gawker West Coast editor Cord Jefferson, it opens with a graphic description of a man raping a seven-year-old and presents him - and all pedophiles - in a sympathetic light.

As Jefferson states, a growing number of researchers say "pedophilia is an illness deserving of the public's sympathy the way any brain disorder is . . . Some of the scientists say pedophilia is a sexual orientation, meaning that it's unchangeable, regardless of how much jail time or beatings or therapy someone is dealt. Others have reason to believe that pedophiles are born that way, and that some of them will suffer through entire lives without hurting a single child. If this research proves to be correct, it should help shape both our public policy and our public attitude, so that we're protecting kids while also protecting pedophiles from angry mobs, cellmates, and themselves."

He goes on to say that because there is no significant evidence that pedophiles can change their attraction to children, their behavior should be classified as a sexual orientation.

"And if pedophilia is a sexual orientation, that also means it's futile to send pedophiles to prison in an effort to alter their attractions. Doing so is akin to sending a homosexual child off to a religious-based institution that claims it can 'pray the gay away'."

Jefferson asserts that criminalizing people who are sexually attracted to children is the same as criminalizing heterosexual behaviors.

"Imagine a world in which admitting your attraction to busty women or tall men led to alienation, jail time, or your murder," he writes. "Older gay men can probably remember such an era, but nowadays most sexual appetites have been mainstreamed to the point of banality. Pedophiles, for obvious reasons, don't enjoy the same kind of tolerance, and thus it seems as if they may be locked forever in a sexual prison from the moment they're born."

As outrageous as these statements sound, Jefferson pushes the envelope even further.

"The old adage is that the true mark of a society is how it treats the weakest in its ranks. Blacks, women, Latinos, gays and lesbians, and others are still in no way on wholly equal footing in America. But they're also not nearly as lowly and cursed as men attracted to children. One imagines that if Jesus ever came to Earth, he'd embrace the poor, the blind, the lepers, and, yes, the pedophiles."

Poor Richard sets the record straight and calls out Jefferson for his ignorance about Jesus and the Bible. "Jesus died for the forgiveness of sin, not the embrace of it. The Bible is very clear that while all sins can be forgiven, Jesus never ever embraces the sin itself. He made no bones about the punishment for harming a child."

He adds: "This kind of garbage has no place in our media. It has no place in our national conversation. Shame on Gawker and Cord Jefferson for printing this trash. There should be no sympathy for child rapists. Prison sentences should be long and mandatory in every case. They do not belong living next door to my children or anyone else’s."

He concludes: "You hurt a child, you go to jail. The place for pedophiles is prison, end of story."

The fact that an article like this was ever published on a mainstream website is truly disturbing, not just because of its immoral content, but because it is such a glaring example of how far down the slope this culture is slipping.

Consider the evidence. The acceptance of premarital sex led to widespread cohabitation which ushered in the need to sexually "liberate" homosexuals. As shocking as it seemed only a year ago, bondage and sado-masochism are all the rage now thanks to books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Should we be surprised? The public is already being desensitized to polygamy thanks to shows like TLC's Sister Wives and the same network is giving pedophiles plenty to look at in the much-too-popular Toddlers and Tiaras where little girls are dressed up as prostitutes with padded breasts and butts.

As outrageous as this article is, I'm not at all shocked by it. The "writing" has been on the "wall" for a long time now and unless we do something to stop this moral slide, it's only going to get worse.

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