Rebecca de Winter
Lately I’ve been writing about the slow yet persistent creep of the progressive agenda (the transgender issue and man-hating feminists, so far), insidious yet not silent. In fact, they are right up in our faces, telling us exactly what they are doing. It’s insidious because they’ve got so many of us on the defense, arguing the minor points while they are making major gains behind the scenes.
Too many of us are silent and complacent under this assault, willing victims lest we become one of so many branded as racist, homophobic, xenophobic, bigoted, sexist, and God knows what else. And while we waste valuable time and energy trying to explain and convince others that we aren’t bigots, they’ve got the ball and are running for the end zone.
If there were ever an issue worth a fight to the death, it’s the one where progressives attempt to gain sympathy for pedophiles. In the most horrifying example of Culture Creep ™ yet, there are those on the far left attempting to make the case that pedophiles “are not monsters.”
According to the Oxford Dictionary, “monster” is defined as: “An inhumanly cruel or wicked person.” The day we decide that sexual attraction to children is not wicked, is the day we’ve lost our humanity.
The above-referenced piece is not Salon’s first foray into the disgusting attempt to destigmatize child creepers - it’s the fourth one since September of last year.
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Sadly, Salon is not the first online news and culture outlet pushing tolerance and understanding of pedophilia. In 2012, Gawker.com published a piece suggesting “sympathy...for those who want to have sex with children.”
Never mind the fact that there is no such thing as “sex with children.” Any adult having sexual relations with a child is ipso facto committing rape.
We can go back several decades and see the groundwork being laid for this narrative (NAMBLA in the US and PIE - Pedophile Information Exchange - in the UK for starters), but what strikes me as particularly worrisome is the acceleration of the agenda-pushing in recent years.
I’ve been reading the arguments that insist “starting a conversation” about this is helpful because if pedophiles step forward then they can get help. But our concern should never be about making things more comfortable for pedophiles. It’s a blatant lie to claim that doing so will reduce harm to children. Allowing pedophiles to have a voice, to lend credence to their claims of “can’t help it I was born this way” is to purposely push to legitimize their sick fetish, in the name of “getting help.” No one is helped by this, least of all the children they prey upon (even if only in their minds, as some claim). When you take something that is rightfully taboo, and reframe it in a more sympathetic light, you legitimize it and reduce the stigma. Once the stigma is reduced, and sympathy gained, the road to changing societal attitudes is well underway.
A New York Times investigative piece covering the dark world of pedophiles on the internet revealed that
“...pedophiles view themselves as the vanguard of a nascent movement seeking legalization of child pornography and the loosening of age-of-consent laws. They portray themselves as battling for children’s rights to engage in sex with adults, a fight they liken to the civil rights movement.”
Experts also discovered that
“Repeatedly in these conversations, pedophiles said the discussions had helped them accept their attractions and had even allowed them to have sex with a child without guilt.”
If that isn’t horrifying enough, consider that for many pedophiles, “...acts of molestation are often celebrated as demonstrations of love.”
The common theme found within internet communities of pedophiles is one of belief that there is nothing wrong with them, that it is society that must adapt to accept their desires as just another sexual orientation.
It’s easy to believe that social acceptance of pedophilia as “just another sexual orientation” will never happen – because we are so viscerally repulsed by it. But it doesn’t matter one bit what we currently think of it. What matters is what people will think of it 20 years down the line. Look at what is happening in schools all over the country: children are being taught that morality is relative, that we should accept others unconditionally, that to shame someone because of their differences is always wrong.
That sounds super sweet and noble, up until the moment they start demanding that girls have no choice but to “get over” their discomfort at sharing a bathroom with someone who happens to have a penis, because “acceptance” or something.
Not even a generation ago, this would have been unthinkable. Nowadays, if you dare raise any concerns about it, you’re branded a bigot. What happened? Why is this so? Because of Culture Creep ™ – the slow, steady, persistent creep of the progressive agenda.
Those who don’t see that some in the progressive movement are testing the waters and pushing for acceptance of pedophilia (and the lowering of age-of-consent laws) are uninformed or in denial. It’s time to wake up.
It’s vitally important for people to stand up and loudly, publicly challenge and denounce this narrative at every turn. And if we can’t do that when the topic is pedophilia, then we are already irreversibly broken, and our children and their children after them will be left to pick up the pieces and pay the price.
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