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Posted on 03/02/2002 12:20:44 PM PST by CalConservative
Pedophilia advocates, unfazed by national outrage over a 1998 expose, continue the push to normalize the sexual abuse of boys.
By Karla Dial
Its easy to imagine what pedophilia advocates were thinking in 1998 when they published a study suggesting that the sexual abuse of children wasnt all that harmful. After all, theyd seen the vast cultural and legal gains the pro-gay movement had won since 1973, when homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual the psychiatric professions blue book of mental disorders. Why not try to normalize molestation the same way?
So Bruce Rind of Temple University, along with co-authors Robert Bauserman and Phillip Tromovitch, made a case in the American Psychological Associations Psychological Bulletin for doing away with the term child sexual abuse in favor of value-neutral phrases like adult-child sex or age-discrepant sexual relationships. They even went so far as to say some boys benefit from having sex with men. But the strategy didnt work as well for them as it did for the gay lobby.
The resulting national hue and cry, led by radios Dr. Laura Schlessinger, prompted the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999 to condemn a scientific paper for the first time by a vote of 355-0. The APA later sent an apology to House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, promising to tighten editorial security and prevent convicted pedophiles from using research like Rinds to reduce their prison sentences.
Youd think that would have been a lesson scientists would take to heart. Youd think it would send a message to pedophiles that the public isnt going to let them have their way with boys. Youd think, at the very least, it would make child molesters reconsider their tactics.
Late last year, though, the pedophilia propaganda machine was steaming along as aggressively as ever. Rind and his colleagues published another pro-pedophilia study, this time in the Archives of Sexual Behavior the official publication of the International Academy for Sex Research saying boys molested between 12 and 17 had as much self-esteem and positive sexual identity as boys who were not molested.
And the APAs penitence proved short-lived. Its president, Norine Johnson, defended the right of researchers like Rind to have controversial and unpopular work published (though the organization has routinely turned away research on changing homosexual orientation).
These efforts illustrate how pedophiles are once again pushing their goal of sexually liberating children on two fronts: the childrens rights movement which says children should be able to freely express and indulge their sexuality; and homosexuals efforts to lower the age of sexual consent.
Its sad to say, but I think [pedophilia advocates] have a better chance of influencing people through the [scientific] journals than any other way, said Stephanie Dallam, M.S., R.N., a researcher for the Pennsylvania-based Leadership Council for Mental Health Justice and the Media. Dallam spent two years analyzing Rinds work, which she critiqued in the December 2001 issue of the Psychological Bulletin. Another critique will appear in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse this spring.
They can kind of wow other psychologists with their data, whereas the public may not understand it but can see what theyre getting at and doesnt like it, Dallam said. Scientists cant see the forest for the data sometimes.
Rind and co-author Bauserman have been published in Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia. Paidikas statement of purpose, published in the inaugural issue, reads in part: We intend to demonstrate that paedophilia has been, and remains, a legitimate and productive part of the totality of human experience.
Research with a twist
Not everyone in the scientific community has ignored problems with Rinds research. Critics have called his work sloppy and said it crosses the line between scientific inquiry and advocacy.
Rind & Co. used scientific data to stake out an advocacy position (in their APA article) . . . that went well beyond the data and could lead to it being misused by people for their own purposes, said Mark Chaffin, editor of the journal Child Maltreatment.
The pedophilia organizations jumped all over this and said, See?
When asked how the 1998 Psychological Bulletin article slipped under the radar, APA spokeswoman Rhea Farberman said, What APA publishes in its scholarly journals is based on a peer-review process and thats about its methodology, not its conclusions.
But Dallam found seven flaws in Rinds analysis of 59 previous studies on child sexual abuse flaws that didnt support the authors conclusions.
Either the results were directly opposite what they reported, or equivocal and subject to interpretation, but none of them were as strong as they made them out to be, Dallam said.
In one study Rind cited, abused males rated themselves highly on a subjective assessment of sexual adjustment. However, an objective measure of sexual dysfunction showed these same men to be less well adjusted than nonabused men in every area assessed. In another study referenced by Rind, abused males reported mainly neutral reactions to their abuse, which he and his colleagues suggested was evidence that they werent really harmed. Nonetheless, compared to their nonabused peers, more than twice as many abused men reported using illegal drugs, three times as many had sought therapy for emotional problems and five times as many had attempted suicide data Rind failed to mention.
The Rind study also neglected to report the frequency with which adult survivors of child molestation become molesters themselves. According to Dale OLeary, author of The Gender Agenda: Adult homosexual men often do have fond memories of the men who sexually abused them. There is evidence that boys who long for male love can become accustomed to giving sex in order to get this attention. However, this does not prove that adult/adolescent or adult/child sex is healthy.
Added Linda Nicolosi, co-author of Preventing Homosexuality: A Parents Guide, to be released this spring:
Lets say molested boys dont on average grow up to be more anxious or depressed. Many may even have good self-esteem in adulthood, so theyre judged by these studies not to have been negatively impacted.
But what about other important factors that were ignored by these studies? Isnt the molested boy more likely to think of himself as homosexual after the abuse? As an adult, isnt he more likely to be sexually focused and promiscuous? Worse yet, will he, too, find himself erotically attracted to boys? None of these factors have been considered in these studies.
The pedophile agenda
In the summer of 2000, the International Academy for Sex Research, which published Rinds most recent study, invited another pedophilia advocate, Tom OCarroll, to speak at its annual convention. Calling it a breakthrough in a modest way for our cause, OCarroll wrote later that it was the first time to my knowledge that a major academic body had expressed an interest in hearing about paedophilia from a paedophiles point of view.
OCarrolls address provides a glimpse of the strategy used by pedophiles to try to gain public approval of their behavior.
We should not try to educate the public, but the educators. Among these scientists, there are many therapists, he said. The problem is that even among scientists and therapists, the basic assumption is that paedophilia is by definition a kind of violence. It is an attitude, difficult to change. An approach from the humans rights [sic] for privacy and from general experience will maybe work.
Dallams Journal of Child Sexual Abuse article provides additional detail on how pedophiles plan to sway attitudes:
* Adopt value-neutral terminology in describing pedophilic relationships, such as adult-child sex in place of child molestation and child abuse.
* Redefine the term child sexual abuse. Gerald Jones, a gender-issues scholar at the University of Southern California, wrote in 1990 that pedophilia cannot be classified as child sexual abuse because studies do not always show that intergenerational intimacy produces negative results. Intergenerational attraction on the part of some adults could constitute a lifestyle orientation rather than a pathological maladjustment, Jones argued.
* Promote the idea that children can consent to sex with adults. David Riegel, who in 2000 published Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers, suggested that a childs ability to form preferences is sufficient evidence he can give informed consent to sex. By that definition, a 5-year-old who prefers one pair of shoes over another could consent to sex with an adult.
* Question the assumption of harm. Riegel goes on to write, The acts themselves harm no one, the emotional and psychological harm comes from the after the fact interference, counseling, therapy, etc., that attempt to artificially create a victim and a perpetrator where neither exist. SafeHaven Foundation, a pedophile group, says many of the supposed traumas elicited by psychotherapy turn out to be nothing more than the results of False Memory Syndrome.
* Promote the idea that boys are better able to handle sex with adults (than girls). Paidika board member Edward Brongersma wrote in 1986 that a boy is mature for lust, for hedonistic sex, from his birth on; sex as an expression of love becomes a possibility from about 5.
* Promote objective research to counteract the distorted cultural bias against sex between children and adults.
Rind, Bauserman and Tromovitch arent the only researchers to publish studies that cater to the pedophiles agenda, but they are among the more frequently cited groups on the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) Web site. In a section called Positive and Beneficial Experiences, NAMBLA points readers to 24 studies that indicate consensual intergenerational sex isnt harmful; Rind and Bauserman wrote four of them.
Given the real-life harm such research can cause, Dallam says the APA should do more than apologize to Congress: She called for the association to retract the 1998 study and launch an investigation to determine if the authors are guilty of scientific misconduct.
There are public-policy implications that could lead people to think its OK to hurt a child, she said. Because of that, there is a higher threshold of responsibility the publisher owes the public.
Whats a parent to do?
Aided by a growing cache of pedophilia advocacy disguised as research, child molesters may be on their way to breaking down traditional social values and gaining the same special rights afforded homosexual activists.
And thats what theyre aiming for.
The game plan is to create a body of studies that indicate adult-child sex is harmless or its danger has been overstated, said Robert H. Knight, director of Concerned Women for Americas Culture and Family Institute. Theyre using the idea of objectivity itself to batter moral concerns. They are following the script of homosexual activists.
The overall campaign for moral relativism is greatly aiding the campaign to validate pedophilia. If right and wrong are relative, whos to say children cant engage in sexual acts? Particularly when you see so-called academic studies making the case that children arent all that harmed anyway.
Though concerned citizens may feel they cant present arguments to the scientific community unless they have a Ph.D. after their names, there are still things parents can do to protect their children and society from predators.
Challenge the mental-health establishment at every turn, Nicolosi said. Does your childs school counselor respect cultural and religious diversity, or does he impose, even subtly, a relativistic and sexual-liberationist worldview on counselees?
Bob Van Domelen, a former pedophile who now runs Broken Yoke Ministries, a Christian outreach group to homosexuals, said child molesters target lonely and alienated kids, so the best protection begins with a healthy marriage and strong family environment.
However brazen the pedophilia movement might be, families still have the upper hand, said Knight.
I think weve got them on the run right now because of the exposure over the Psychological Bulletin article, added Knight. Theres no telling what impact that had in waking up America to this academic threat. People have seen the shark fin and know theres something amiss, whereas before, the shark stayed under the waves.
Thank God they were dumb enough to overreach like this.
This article appeared in Citizen magazine. Copyright © 2002 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.
Yes, pedophilia is openly tolerated in some places. Belgium is riddled with it at the highest levels, and so apparently is Massachusetts. In the end, this issue may backfire, abd bring down the whole homosexual agenda with it, but who knows? People capable of electing Bill Clinton twice might be capable of almost anything.
My understanding is that this is the same way that homosexuality went from being a metnal illness to a "sexual orientation."
As long as a homosexual limits his activities to other consenting men, I have nothing to say against him. Though I choose not to associate with him, he should have all the usual rights to life, liberty, and property. But preying upon children, whether heterosexually or homosexually, which has been considered a heinous offense down through the centuries, often punished by the penalty of death, is something we cannot tolerate. This thrust must be repelled unequivocally.
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So far, good enough. But, my question is, who are the 90 members that refused to vote in condemnation of pedophilia?
No, it's time to kick the fags and pervs out of the priesthood. Amazing how the theophobes always try to find moral eqivalence with religion, no matter what the subject.
You don't think the accusations might be a bit skewed by the money hungry or by those who have a child hood ax to grind ?
The only antidote, I know, is for Conservatives to make a concerted effort to get the public to react with contempt whenever the Left plays the "hate" and "bigotry" cards. (See, for example, How To Identify The Bigot In The Argument.) When a political candidate caters to this sort of perversion, by denouncing Conservatives as "homophobic," he needs to be intellectually dissected; his hide needs to be dried on the intellectual barn side.
So long as we apologize for not accepting the unacceptable, we are never going to stop the deterioration in our people's values; never reverse the trend that is taking away our ability to control the future course of our own Society.
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Actually, you are correct. There has been an effort since the late 50's, if not before, to place people who support the humanist agenda (including the homosexual) agenda into ministerial positions in ordere to sway the opinion of the church and advance the humanist cause. I suspect that is where at least some of the molestation incidences are coming from.
I was just talking with a fellow Catholic about all the media surrounding this problem here in MA. He asked a question I had myself. Why did the families routinely allow their sons to go off along with these priests? He said that in the Parish in which he grew up there was a priest who was suspected of this and the families still let their kids go places with him! He couldn't figure out why no one did anything! I'm not absolving the Church by any stretch of the imagination, but where were the parents all this time, and why didn't someone call the cops on any of these guys if the Pastor or Bishop did nothing?
And I have to wonder my self about the allegations coming out now against priests who are dead. Anyone can accuse them, and their is no way to refute the charge; sounds like it could be a source of some easy settlement bucks.
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