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Monday, August 21, 2006
Kudos where they're due
We stick it the New York Times here in the Coffeehouse. But you gotta give props today. Check out today's story titled On the Web, Pedophiles Extend Their Reach. It's an investigation into the online world of pedophiles - not online kiddie porn, but rather things such as newsgroups where these sickos share both their rationalizations and their methodologies. Major yikes.

Adding to the creepiness factor: as of this posting, the "printer-friendly" version of this story is sponsored by a movie called "Little Miss Sunshine," which is about a beauty pageant for little girls. Priceless.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to lock my three girls in a cave with no Internet access or other exposure to the outside world.
from the NY Times article:

"In this online community, pedophiles view themselves as the vanguard of a nascent movement seeking legalization of child pornography and the loosening of age-of-consent laws....

“It is rationalization that allows them to avoid admitting that their desires are harmful and illegal,” said Bill Walsh, a former commander of the Crimes Against Children Unit for the Dallas Police Department....

“In that, Sonali was demonstrating what experts said is the most dangerous element of the pedophile Internet community: its justification of illegal acts."

The worst thing the NY Times can say about pedophilia is that it is "illegal" and that pedophiles try to justify doing things that are "illegal." But the pedophiles are trying to make it legal! So by the logic of the Times, if the pedophiles succeed, pedophilia will be legalized and at that point, there will be nothing wrong with it. Even now, it's like speeding or smoking pot: illegal so you shouldn't do it, but people do rationalize their illegal acts, no big deal.

Admittedly the Times did use the words "harmful" and "injurious" as well, so they do dimly acknowledge that there is something OBJECTIVELY wrong with pedophilia -- not just that at the moment, it happens to be illegal.

Here is the one word the Times did NOT use: IMMORAL.

That word is too judgemental, so it is no longer used at the New York Times.

(I wonder, BTW, how many of the pedophiles post about boys vs how many post about girls. The Times didn't say, but I would bet that pedophiles who prefer boys outnumber those who prefer girls ten to one.)
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