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Politically Correct Pedophilia

Sympathetic activists hold a conference encouraging society to connect emotionally with pedophiles to promote tolerance.

Just as the pedophile grooms and conditions his victims, the B4U-ACT group, a pro-pedophile organization, is being criticized for attempting to condition society to tolerate the "special feelings" pedophiles have for minors.

The group held a conference in Baltimore on August 17 that included clinicians, researchers and pedophiles talking about pedophilia and how those at risk for acting on their urges can seek real help. But the dominating topic of discussion was the group's intentions of changing the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) classification of pedophilia.

B4U-ACT classifies pedophilia as a different type of sexual orientation, just as gay or hetero are different from each other. (Super! Let's make new laws to protect all types of sexual orientation. What a circus society will be!)  

While B4U-ACT may have its heart in the right place with their willingness to help pedophiles manage their sexual feelings for children, the group's encouragement of using phrases such as, "minor-attracted persons" in place of "pedophiles" is very dangerous.

The B4U-ACT group repeatedly refers to pedophiles as, "minor-attracted persons." The reference is made ad nauseam and appears on the B4U-ACT Web site like flies at a picnic.

Is it all part of their audio/visual conditioning plan to achieve societal acceptance for pedophilia? Here's the thing--Society might be quite capable of tolerating the feelings defining pedophilia. It's what happens as a result of those feelings that causes a visceral reaction from the world.

B4U-ACT claims to help pedophiles with compassionate understanding and a clear distinction between feelings and illegal actions. However, empathetic terms aimed at softening the true threat behind pedophilia are just another violation against our children. Especially when B4U-ACT starts tampering with the APA's classification of pedophilia.

B4U-ACT's holy grail might just be forcing the nation to illegalize the National Registry for Sex Offenders so we don't hurt their feelings by "calling them out."

B4U-ACT harps on the concept that many people who are attracted to children have never once acted on those feelings by engaging a minor in sex. This is probably true, and I highly doubt these responsible, law-abiding citizens need their feelings validated by B4U-ACT or society as a whole.

It's coming across that B4U-ACT is trying to establish an empathetic response from society in order to create the path of open tolerance for pedophilia. Here's the problem with that approach--Paths often turn into major roadways where speed limits are ignored.

So here, let's simplify everything for the folks of B4U-ACT. Attraction to children is something a person can easily seek help for through counseling. Pedophiles already know this and they also know society respects their self-control. The last thing our children or pedophiles need is B4U-ACT blurring the line between right and wrong with carefully selected terminology designed to soften the consequences of pedophilia. 

This is no way to allay the fears of society, or the fears of a pedophile at risk of acting on his urges.

There is a bold line between right and wrong in society. Most of us clearly recognize that line every day in the things we say and do. We are all successfully controlling something in our lives. It is simply a part of respecting the difference between right and wrong. 

If pedophiles want to feel included in society as a whole instead of being labeled as an outcast, the road to success is quite simple,

Don't put your hands on a child. Ever. 

Don't have a child's hands on you. Ever.

Baldur August 30, 2011 at 09:45 AM
I've had law-abiding, intelligent, and kind friends commit suicide because of people like you. As for myself, I can take a remarkable amount of emotional abuse from hateful and ignorant people, but not everybody can - and for those who can't, B4U-Act is attempting to make it safe for them to get help without being afraid of being betrayed and involuntarily committed or turned over to the police, or having everyone in their family questioned - any of which, of course, would subject them to unwanted exposure and humiliation and possible violence, even though they are innocent of any wrong-doing.
Faye Lewis August 30, 2011 at 01:51 PM
I think it was honorable that your friend committed suicide. Any pedophile that is truly a "good" person would commit suicide. It is like rabies in dogs. No matter how wonderful the dog, if it has rabies, it has to be put down. I consider Pedophilia more dangerous than rabies. Since there is no treatment, I think euthanasia, humanely, should be part of the equation. I think pedophiles should be actively removed from the gene pool. There is nothing a pedophile can offer the world that compensates for what they rob from it.
Kristen Berry August 30, 2011 at 02:25 PM
I genuinely tried to convey as much understanding about pedophilia as possible in this piece. Nobody wants pedophiles to have a lifetime of emotional struggle with their feelings. That must be awful for some people and they (just as anyone else,) deserve a place to turn for help. I also clearly stated (see paragraph 4) that it's not the feelings pedophiles have that ignite the world with anger, it's what can happen as a result of those feelings. I also mentioned that B4U-ACT has its heart in the right place, but I think their approach to treating pedophilia is reckless in terms of making pedophilia seem a casual and common condition. Additionally, I mentioned societal respect for law-abiding pedophiles. Please do not villainize me or this article just because it doesn't celebrate pedophilia as much as you might like. The concept is extremely difficult to grasp, and gentle terms such as "minor-attracted children," hardly convey the complex feelings and fine line between thinking and acting on those feelings. This is why B4U-ACT's treatment should focus entirely on the pedophile's feelings, not publicized endeavors to reclassify terms with the APA.
Kristen Berry August 30, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Whoa there Faye! Please try to understand, there are pedophiles who have never and will never actually act on their feelings. They try their very best to lead a normal life, work a job, contribute to society and do everything they can to successfully avoid acting on their feelings. That is much more honorable than committing suicide. This is one column where I must ask that comments stay on topic, which is how B4U-ACT's terminology obscures the line between right and wrong, possibly to very to a very dangerous point as we move through the next few decades.
Faye Lewis August 30, 2011 at 04:55 PM
You really think these "law abiding" pedophiles never consume kiddie porn? Kiddie porn victimizes children as well and there is a huge market for that. That market is coming from somewhere. It is unfortunate that people are pedophiles but there is nothing that can be done for them. Rabid dogs deserve compassion but they cannot be allowed to live. Same for pedophiles. Whether they act out their feelings or not, they are destructive forces. Sexual inclinations are among the most difficult to not act out and most psychologists will tell you that. Softening the legal stance and societal view of pedophilia via politically correct terminology is not constructive. There are good reasons why the condition is reviled and some things should be reviled.
Kristen Berry August 30, 2011 at 05:10 PM
"Sexual inclinations are among the most difficult to not act out and most psychologists will tell you that. Softening the legal stance and societal view of pedophilia via politically correct terminology is not constructive. There are good reasons why the condition is reviled and some things should be reviled."-- You hit the nail on the head here Faye. I agree with you 100%.
Katherine Nordal August 30, 2011 at 09:05 PM
The APA to which this article refers is the American PSYCHIATRIC Association not the psychological association!...Katherine Nordal, PhD, ED for Professional Practice at the Am Psychological Assn
Liz Kennedy (Editor) August 30, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Thanks Katherine for the catch - we have corrected. Liz Kennedy, Editor
Danny Haszard September 07, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses who go door to door and come on our property. Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles. Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation. Such allegations have customarily been treated as sins instead of crimes and are only reported to authorities when it is required to do so by law, (which varies by state). It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large. These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles. The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already. -- Danny Haszard abuse victim http://www.dannyhaszard.com
Cheesus Toast September 05, 2013 at 08:10 PM
The term "minor-attracted persons" would be inaccurate anyway. Not all people who are attracted to minors are pedophiles because "minors" includes people under the age of 18 in many countries and states. A pedophile is someone who is attracted to prepubescents (which tend to be under 11 years of age). We are aware that legal systems often incorrectly use the term pedophile to mean someone who engages sexually with someone under the age of consent. That would obviously not constitute a medical condition if the child were physically developed/ developing. That would imply irresponsibility and not psychological instability. The terms should be used correctly and according to what they actually mean. This is possibly part of the problem. If everyone is lumped together then you are not dealing with specific problems relating to that individual. Is that person genuinely a pedophile or are they just someone who targets people who could be considered vulnerable? It makes a huge difference...

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