Gawker is apologizing for pedophiles. Yes, really….
Van Gjiseghem says what he and his colleagues mean by sexual orientation is a person’s inborn and unalterable sexual preference, irrespective of whether that preference is harmful to others or not. Currently, there is no significant longitudinal evidence that pedophile can be made to not be attracted to children, and thus it can be defined as their orientation. And if pedophilia is a sexual orientation, that also means it’s futile to send pedophile to prison in an effort to alter their attractions.
…Something that might help mitigate Lemay’s fright is that viewing pedophilia as a sexual orientation might help us rationally deal with it. In his January 2012 paper “Is Pedophilia a Sexual Orientation?” published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, forensic psychologist Michael Seto writes, “Viewing pedophilia as a sexual orientation would suggest that treatment is more likely to be effective if it focuses on self-regulation skills (in order to effectively manage pedophilic urges, thoughts, etc.) than on trying to change sexual preferences.”
In other words, if you can’t beat pedophile, it’s best to try and help them help themselves.
…Imagine a world in which admitting your attraction to busty women or tall men led to alienation, jail time, or your murder.
…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 pedophile. As a self-professed “progressive,” when I think of the world I’d like to live in, I like to imagine that one day I’d be OK with a man like Terry moving next door to me and my children. I like to think that I could welcome him in for dinner, break bread with him, and offer him the same blessings he’s offered me time and again. And what hurts to admit, even knowing all I know now, is that I’m not positive I could do that.
First of all, I don’t speak for Jesus and if I did, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be telling people that he’d embrace pedophiles. That being said, I do note this quote,
“But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” — Matthew 18:6
Furthermore, you don’t put pedophiles in prison to alter their “sexual orientation;” you put them there to punish them for their crimes and protect society.
As to pedophiles being “born that way,” that seems to be an excellent argument for putting the death penalty in place for anyone who has sex with a child. Incidentally, whether child molesters are “born that way” or not, they already deserve the death penalty.
At the end of the day, even if pedophiles were “born that way,” they’d deserve about as much sympathy as rattlesnakes. You don’t let a rattlesnake slither around your house or into your child’s bed because you feel sad that it has had a hard life. Either you remove it before it hurts someone or alternately, you kill it. That’s the same way pedophiles should be treated.