In October, the far-left website Salon published a piece entitled “I’m a Pedophile, but I’m Not a Monster.” I’ll spare you the morally repugnant details, but in essence, the article claimed that we should seek to understand pedophiles and empathize with them, as long as they don’t act on their preferences. In other words, don’t judge them.
Following the current direction that our country is headed, this is a logical move. It is not surprising. Remove moral judgment from the equation – which was done aggressively in the national debate over homosexuality – and you have a society filled with cowards, afraid to offend anyone, who will legitimize any behavior for fear of being called “intolerant.” (This is not to compare homosexuality with pedophilia – as much as I disagree with homosexuality on a moral basis, an adult male can consent to sex with an adult male; a child cannot.)
Indeed, “nonjudgmentalism,” “acceptance,” and “inclusivity” are the ultimate virtues in current American society. Legitimize all behavior; be inclusive of everyone (except those who don’t legitimize every behavior).
This is evil. First of all, if “don’t judge” is the rule that people seek to live by, nine times out of ten – no, in fact ten times out of ten – they are massive hypocrites. Because everyone knows that there are things that we are allowed to judge and things that we are supposed to judge. Even in a secular, progressive culture, it’s perfectly fine to judge those who tarnish Islam, for example. It’s acceptable to judge those who are anti-immigrant. It’s acceptable to judge those who stand against gay rights (ironically, a large percentage of Muslims, but we won’t go there). It’s acceptable to judge judgmentalism, and the only thing that won’t be tolerated is intolerance. How logical and convenient.
This convoluted way of thinking has led us to where we are today as a culture. Before gay marriage was legalized, there were many well-meaning, non-hateful Christians who had a legitimate moral objection to homosexuality. Instead of tolerating their viewpoint, however, the left immediately dubbed them “bigots” and “homophobes,” labeled them “judgmental” and “intolerant,” and then ultimately, silenced them – either through persecution in the culture itself or through making them fear what could happen if they were to state their sincere beliefs.
All of a sudden, it was as if it were wrong to make moral judgments. Not only this, but those who did object to homosexuality were then treated as “homophobes” who hated gay people.
But to claim that person A hates person B just because person A disagrees with person B’s actions is a blatant non-sequitur. There is not a person alive whose actions I agree with 100%. But that doesn’t mean I hate everybody. It means I’m making moral judgments. And we should judge.
I don’t know about you, but I will continue to make moral judgments unashamedly. Certain things are right, and certain things are wrong, and certain things are heinously wrong. Pedophilia falls into the last category. Call me a bigot all you want. I will gladly judge pedophiles and refuse to give the slightest ounce of legitimacy to their preferences.
Pedophiles who act on their preferences should be punished immediately. Pedophiles who don’t act on their preferences should not – but they should not expect the slightest ounce of acknowledgment that their preferences are “legitimate” or “okay as long as they don’t act on it.”
No, those preferences are sick and reprehensible, and those who have them are either mentally ill beyond imagination, or downright evil.
“But what about compassion?” Great question. What about the compassion for the children whose lives have been scarred and ruined forever due to the detestable actions of a pedophile? Are you compassionate toward them? Or does your yearning for a feeling of unearned moral superiority trump your desire to stand for the most vulnerable, since standing for the vulnerable may get you called a bigot?
This is the weakness of far-left progressivism, and it is reprehensible. The weakest and most vulnerable members of society are trampled upon due to a desire to collectivize people into groups and preach identity politics to them. This is what happens with abortion – the most weak and defenseless members of society (preborn babies) are ripped apart daily by the thousands in the name of “choice” – and anyone who opposes abortion is “oppressing women.” And this is exactly what will happen with pedophilia, if we don’t stand up to it: the most vulnerable members of society (children) will be victimized by pedophiles – and if you oppose this, you are “oppressing” people on the basis of their sexual orientation.
Don’t get me wrong; we’re not there yet. There are certainly many well-meaning people who are left-of-center who are horrified at the concept of normalized pedophilia. But eventually, it we don’t do anything about it, it will become normalized and accepted into American society.
Those who care about a moral society should have learned by now that the left is not going to relent on this cause. That’s fine – just be as relentless in return. Don’t only fight against the barrage of attempts to normalize pedophilia; fight for stricter laws against pedophilia.
Child solicitation laws, for example, are starting to be recognized by many across the nation as not being strong enough, and a legislative fight is brewing. For instance, in certain states (such as Ohio) it is illegal for an adult to solicit someone he thinks is a minor for sex, but in other states – North Carolina being one of them – it is only illegal for an adult to solicit someone who is an actual minor or is an undercover cop posing as a minor. This may seem like an inconsequential variation of wording, but it’s not – there are potential child rapists on the streets, and a legislative battle is in the works, as activists in certain states are seeking to change the laws to make them stricter. And the sad part is that there will most likely be resistance from the far left. (I can only hope this prediction is wrong.)
To save the culture, it will take courage on the part of those who want to stop the desire of the far left to normalize every action, separate people into groups, and preach to them that they are all victims.
Morality exists. And we should defend it.