The article that has be pissed off is in the Greeley Gazette. It leads with this:
Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals.
Critics of the homosexual lifestyle have long claimed that once it became acceptable to identify homosexuality as simply an “alternative lifestyle” or sexual orientation, logically nothing would be off limits. “Gay” advocates have taken offense at such a position insisting this would never happen. However, psychiatrists are now beginning to advocate redefining pedophilia in the same way homosexuality was redefined several years ago.
In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. A group of psychiatrists with B4U-Act recently held a symposium proposing a new definition of pedophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders of the APA.
B4U-Act calls pedophiles “minor-attracted people.” The organization’s website states its purpose is to, “help mental health professionals learn more about attraction to minors and to consider the effects of stereotyping, stigma and fear.”
In 1998 The APA issued a report claiming “that the ‘negative potential’ of adult sex with children was ‘overstated’ and that ‘the vast majority of both men and women reported no negative sexual effects from childhood sexual abuse experiences.”
Wow. Fucking wow.
I’ve written before about how pedophiles are not beyond redemption and forgiveness for their actions, and how, as someone with a mental illness and addictions, I can somewhat relate to them as not wanting to be the way they are.
That’s where it ends.
Let’s start with the comparison to gays. I know many homosexuals and am related to several. They would never allow their instincts to take them to a place where they sexually harm someone else, especially children. In fact, if these relatives ever got their hands on a child molester, they would probably burn the person alive.
At the very end of the day, most of us are afflicted with mental imperfections. In my case, it’s OCD and addictive behavior. In someone else’s case, the problem is an excessive temper or a strong streak of narcissism.
Homosexuality is more complicated. I don’t see that as a mental defect. It’s just the way a person’s sexuality develops. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with them.
Whatever the case is, though, there are people who act on their darker impulses and destroy other lives in the process. It’s the rage-aholic who crosses the line to murder. And it’s the pedophile who touches a child.
We all have a choice: We can have bad urges and act on them, or we can learn self control. If we make an awful choice that hurts someone else, we have to pay the price. Commit evil and you give up your rights.
Everyone does have a shot at redemption, in my opinion. As humans, we can choose to forgive, especially when someone commits evil. But only God can decide if your soul is worth saving.
As for the rest of us, we have to protect our children. That means locking pedophiles away.