Good Grief: NY Times Op-Ed Deems Pedophilia A “Disorder, Not A Crime”

Welcome to Liberal World, as Margo Kaplan goes full on Barking Moonbat

Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime

THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into adulthood, your affections continued to focus on others in your approximate age group. But imagine if they did not.

By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children. These people are living with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to prepubescents that often constitutes a mental illness. Unfortunately, our laws are failing them and, consequently, ignoring opportunities to prevent child abuse.

We really shouldn’t be surprised by this attitude: liberals have long shown tolerance for NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. We’ve seen Liberal judges give extremely lenient sentences to child molesters. And Liberals have created an “if it feels good, do it” mentality. And they seem to have this base reaction to turning criminals and potential criminals into victims.

Part of this failure stems from the misconception that pedophilia is the same as child molestation. One can live with pedophilia and not act on it. Sites like Virtuous Pedophiles provide support for pedophiles who do not molest children and believe that sex with children is wrong. It is not that these individuals are “inactive” or “nonpracticing” pedophiles, but rather that pedophilia is a status and not an act. In fact, research shows, about half of all child molesters are not sexually attracted to their victims. (snip)

The Virtuous Pedophiles website is full of testimonials of people who vow never to touch a child and yet live in terror. They must hide their disorder from everyone they know — or risk losing educational and job opportunities, and face the prospect of harassment and even violence. Many feel isolated; some contemplate suicide. The psychologist Jesse Bering, author of “Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us,” writes that people with pedophilia “aren’t living their lives in the closet; they’re eternally hunkered down in a panic room.”

Miss Kaplan makes an interesting case, yet, these people are not suffering from a disorder: they are just fetched (using a nicer F word) in the head, and need to be watched as people of concern. She digs deeper

The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination against otherwise qualified individuals with mental disabilities, in areas such as employment, education and medical care. Congress, however, explicitly excluded pedophilia from protection under these two crucial laws.

It’s time to revisit these categorical exclusions. Without legal protection, a pedophile cannot risk seeking treatment or disclosing his status to anyone for support. He could lose his job, and future job prospects, if he is seen at a group-therapy session, asks for a reasonable accommodation to take medication or see a psychiatrist, or requests a limit in his interaction with children. Isolating individuals from appropriate employment and treatment only increases their risk of committing a crime.

This is Liberal World, equating people who think sex with children, even just fantasies, should be treated the same as people with real disabilities. She thinks we need to extend the full raft of civil rights protections to these despicable people, and just “re-educate” them, protect them from any retaliation.

But, one has to wonder what this is really about. Is it about normalizing relationships between adults and children? She’s attempting to turn predators into victims, and provides no evidence that treatment works. She wants us to accept them. If you had one of these “virtuous pedophiles teaching your kids, driving their bus, running their after school programs, would you accept that? Ms. Kaplan wants to criminalize, under the Disabilities Act, your response to these repugnant predators.

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