It is very important to note that sexual relations with a pre-pubescent child and a teenager are two very different things. Statutory rape would be an adult having sex with a teenager. The laws around this differ by state/province/country (for instance, in Canada an 18-year-old having sex with a 16-year-old would not be statutory rape). Pedophilia involves pre-pubescent children. It is very important that you acknowledge that this topic is not about statutory rape.Originally Posted by Dictionary.com
A recent article by "The Conservative Papers" highlights a group of people who believe legalizing homosexual marriage will lead to legalizing pedophilia:
It is hinted throughout the entire article that homosexuality being legalized has opened the gate way for pedophilia. As well, the article also says that according to some, pedophilia should be legalized because it is just another sexual orientation:In a related commentary on WND, Reisman said, “The APA path to pedophile norms follows the success of the homosexual anarchy campaign. Arguably, the pedophile media lobby directed the passionate boy-boy kisses on the TV series ‘Glee,’ to enable fellow ‘minor-attracted persons’ to increasingly be seen as a boy’s sex ‘friend.’
The article goes on further to connect the normalizing of pedophilia to the Islamic community, saying:Barber said the symposium themes became clear quickly:
Pedophiles are unfairly “demonized” in society.
The concept of “wrong” should not be applied to “minor-attracted persons.”
“Children are not inherently unable to consent” to sex with an adult.
“An adult’s desire to have sex with children is ‘normative.’”
How does this make you feel? Do you believe pedophilia is just another sexual orientation? Do you think it is at all comparable to homosexuality? Do you think it is fair to compare pedophilia to homosexuality? Do you agree with the connection between Islam and pedophilia? Do you think pedophilia should be legalized? Do you have any other thoughts on pedophilia, such as punishment/prevention ideas?we have a now growing Islamic community, where pedophilia is widely accepted.....practice of pedophilia, it has been widely acceptable behavior in the Islamic world.
Here are my thoughts:
Firstly, I do not believe pedophilia is just another sexual orientation. This is for a simple reason, in a hetero/homosexual relationship both parties are consensual and fully understand what they are getting into. In a pedophilic relationship only one party is consensual and knows what they are getting into.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA) children who were victims of child abuse:
(Full article here)Originally Posted by APA
According to this source, victims of child molestation experience problems from eating disorders, panic attacks, relationship/trust issues, chronic nightmares/flash-backs, and many more problems.
It really is evident that pedophilia has a stark negative impact on the child. Not only does it cause them problems for life, it also takes away the child's innocence. There is a reason parents wait until a certain age to talk to their kids about sex; children just aren't fit to be exposed to it.
Many professionals agree that even the presence of sex in the media is bad enough for kids, let alone sex in the flesh involving a child. This paper by UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) highlights the negative effects of sex on children.
I must agree with the connection of Islam and pedophilia. Mohammed, the Islamic prophet himself married a 6 year old girl (Aisha) and consummated that marriage when Aisha was 9:
Here is a very well written and supported article of the relation of Islam and pedophilia.Originally Posted by hadith of Bukhari, volume 5, #234
However, I do not believe Islam is the only, or even main cause of pedophilia in Western society. Many pedophiles exist outside of it. Such as this instance of reportedly 200 Catholic priests being involved in sexual abuse scandals in California alone.
In conclusion, pedophilia is not comparable to homosexuality or any other sexual orientation because in a pedophilic relationship both parties are not consensual or aware of what they are doing. Pedophilia has vast and terrible effects on the children subjected to it. There are many causes for pedophilia, including cultural and genetic factors. Above all else, pedophilia should not be legalized because it truly is a terrible thing.
What are your thoughts?