Towards the Next Big Thing

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Since there always is a Next Big Thing, what is the Next Big Thing after the legalisation of same-sex marriage? Is it legalising sado-masochism? Is it recognising paedophilia as a genetic disability? Pointing the way to the future for US law is Margo Kaplan, an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Law-Camden. Ms Kaplan is carving out a niche for herself in the increasingly significant field of “legal limitations on intimate decisions”. This effectively means...

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NYT writer: Pedophilic attraction a ‘mental disability’ that should be protected in law

Oct 10, 2014 by

By Kirsten Andersen, LifeSite: Pedophilia, in the sense of the persistent sexual attraction to children, is a disorder, not a crime, and deserves special protections in law. That’s the premise of a recent New York Times opinion piece by Rutgers law professor Margo Kaplan, who argues that “stigma” surrounding adults who are sexually attracted to children prevents them from seeking psychological help. As a result, Kaplan asserts, pedophiles should be protected by the same anti-discrimination...

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Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime

Oct 8, 2014 by

By Margo Kaplan, New York Times: Ed: This article raises important questions. Does the distinction between orientation and practice, making it easier to get counselling and treatment, help towards a compassionate Christian approach to sexual sin? Is sexual orientation really biologically determined, and unchangeable? Or does this thinking lead to the ‘normalisation’ of paedophilia? THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most...

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Paedophilia research riles and titillates the academy

Sep 1, 2014 by

Ed: This article from 2009 is particularly pertinent in 2014. By Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education: An academic who studied paedophiles has described how she was castigated by hostile colleagues but encouraged by other academics who found her research “excitingly naughty”. Sarah Goode, senior lecturer in health and community studies at the University of Winchester, concludes that there is no clear consensus among academics on the harmfulness of adult sexual contact with...

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The Times admits an error

Jul 29, 2014 by

By Chris Sugden: Under a photograph in Philip Collins’ article in the Times of July 25  which commented on the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is the caption: ” John Barrowman’s protest kiss would have risked a death sentence in Uganda.” On Tuesday July 29 the Times has printed the following correction on page 23: ‘The picture caption (Opinion, July 25), “John Barrowman’s protest kiss would have risked a death sentence in Uganda”, should have read, “John...

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Richard Dawkins defends “mild pedophilia,” says it does not cause “lasting harm”

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Katie McDonough, Salon: In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.” Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair. “I am very conscious that you can’t...

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