The next front in the left’s war to make abnormal and deviant sexual behavior socially acceptable is pedophilia.
A group of mental health professionals organized under the banner of B4U-ACT held a Baltimore conference with the stated intention of finding ways to “encourage tolerance” for adults who want to have sex with children. They’ve even come up with a more judgement-neutral term for pedophiles: “minor-attracted persons.”
It’s a small group, but if you look at the history of the left forcing deviance into the norm, this is how it always starts. It bubbles up from the academics and the activists. Normalizing sexual attraction to children has already begun in the fashion industry. Next it will be Hollywood. NAMBLA has already been represented in “pride parades.” “Minor-attracted persons” will become a protected class. If some father beats the crap out of a pedophile who tries to rape his kid, it’ll be called a hate crime. In 20 years, if you express an opinion against a “minor-attracted person,” someone will get in your face and call you a bigot.
B4U-ACT has been active attacking the [American Psychiatric Association’s] definition of pedophilia in the run up to the conference, denouncing its description of “minor-attracted persons” as “inaccurate” and “misleading” because the current DSM links pedophilia with criminality.
“It is based on data from prison studies, which completely ignore the existence of those who are law-abiding,” said Howard Kline, science director of B4U-ACT, in a July 25, 2011 press release. “The proposed new diagnostic criteria specify ages and frequencies with no scientific basis whatsoever.”
The press release announced a letter the group sent to the APA criticizing its approach, and inviting its leaders to participate in the August 17 conference. “The DSM should meet a higher standard than that,” Kline continued. “We can help them, because we are the people they are writing about.”
Certainly the APA, a large and influential professional association, spoke out against this, right?
APA spokeswoman Erin Connors told The Daily Caller in an emailed statement that her organization was not participating in the conference and would not comment on its aims.
Way to step up.
Several speakers at the August 17 conference, including B4U-ACT director of operations Dr. Richard Kramer and conference keynote speaker Dr. Fred Berlin, of the Johns Hopkins University, have actively opposed sex offender notification laws.
“What purpose does calling someone a ‘pervert’ or ‘predator’ serve anyway, other than to express contempt and hatred?” Kramer wrote in a March 14, 2009 blog entry on the website ReformSexOffenderLaws.org. “How is this productive? It certainly doesn’t protect children. I would urge all SO [sex offender] activists to listen to their own message: Stop buying into and promoting false stereotypes. Stop demonizing a whole class of people, and start learning the facts.”