We have finally reached this low, ladies and gentlemen. Gawker posted a front page story yesterday entitled “Born this Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with Children.” (extreme warning before you click that link) I wanted to vomit as I read the author’s article that opened with a detailed, graphic description of a pedophile’s first experience raping a 7-year-old.
The author describes his joy hearing about this child rape: “I was enthralled the way one might stare at a man falling from a bridge.”
The author then goes on to criticize the old way of handling child rapists, prison and sex offender registries. He gives this suggestions:
But there is a growing number of researchers, many of them out of Canada, whose work suggests that pedophilia is an illness deserving of the public’s sympathy the way any brain disorder is. Some of the scientists say pedophilia is a sexual orientation, meaning that it’s unchangeable, regardless of how much jail time or beatings or therapy someone is dealt. Others have reason to believe that pedophiles are born that way, and that some of them will suffer through entire lives without hurting a single child. If this research proves to be correct, it should help shape both our public policy and our public attitude, so that we’re protecting kids while also protecting pedophiles from angry mobs, cellmates, and themselves.
There are, of course, no sentences of “beatings” and “angry mobs” for child rapists. Prison is tough, especially for those convicted of molesting a child, but our system does make efforts to protect prisoners from each other. Life after conviction of child molestation is tough, but perhaps the rapist should take this into account before raping an innocent little kid!
Mr. Jefferson then goes on to make the false comparison of being sexually attracted to children to “your attraction to busty women.” He makes wild assertions like this one:
Every expert with whom I spoke wanted to get one thing straight: Being a pedophile is different from being a child molester. Sex-advice columnist Dan Savage, who occasionally fields letters from people fighting off pedophilic urges, calls these people “gold-star pedophiles.”
Dan Savage is, of course, the man who ran an internet bullying campaign to link Rick Santorum’s name to the definition of “semen mixed with fecal matter.” Sure, he’s a great “expert” to turn to.
This is from Mr. Jefferson’s conclusion:
The old adage is that the true mark of a society is how it treats the weakest in its ranks. Blacks, women, Latinos, gays and lesbians, and others are still in no way on wholly equal footing in America. But they’re also not nearly as lowly and cursed as men attracted to children. One imagines that if Jesus ever came to Earth, he’d embrace the poor, the blind, the lepers, and, yes, the pedophiles. As a self-professed “progressive,” when I think of the world I’d like to live in, I like to imagine that one day I’d be OK with a man like Terry moving next door to me and my children.
No sir. I don’t want to imagine a world where we’re okay with child rapists moving in next to children. That is not an okay world. Also, how ignorent of the Bible can you be if you’re suggesting Jesus would “embrace the pedophiles”?
“But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea!
Jesus died for the forgiveness of sin, not the embrace of it. The Bible is very clear that while all sins can be forgiven, Jesus never ever embraces the sin itself. He made no bones about the punishment for harming a child.
This kind of garbage has no place in our media. It has no place in our national conversation. Shame on Gawker and Cord Jefferson for printing this trash. There should be no sympathy for child rapists. Prison sentences should be long and mandatory in every case. They do not belong living next door to my children or anyone else’s.
You hurt a child, you go to jail. The place for pedophiles is prison, end of story.