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Why is our culture, even the world, so determined to destroy the lives of our children by the obsessive focus on sex? There seems to be no end to grooming our children to experience their lives primarily through sexuality, and although we haven’t legalized pedophilia in the United States, we are definitely moving in that direction. Much has been said about legislation that was passed in Minnesota to supposedly clarify the definition of pedophilia, but there are some who believe that the Minnesota legislators will eventually move to legalize it.
Unfortunately, the U.N. and the International Commission of Jurists have stepped in with specific efforts to decriminalize pedophilia:
Consensual sexual conduct, irrespective of the type of sexual activity, the sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression of the people involved or their marital status, may not be criminalized in any circumstances. … With respect to the enforcement of criminal law, any prescribed minimum age of consent to sex must be applied in a non-discriminatory manner. … Moreover, sexual conduct involving persons below the domestically prescribed minimum age of consent to sex may be consensual, in fact, if not in law. In this context, the enforcement of criminal law should reflect the rights and capacities of persons under 18 years of age to make decisions about engaging in consensual sexual conduct and their right to be heard in matters concerning them.
UNESCO decided to develop a Comprehensive Sexuality Education. This document expands on the explanation given above.
So, we supposedly have an international organization that will insist we follow their criteria for education, especially for the sake of our children, to protect them from incomplete, distorted, or cultural limitations on the current sexual agendas being offered.
The obsession with gender and sexuality has permeated our culture and the lives of our children:
This kind of information, called ‘comprehensive sex education’ (CSE), is an effective, widely used tool for obliterating childhood and, yes, grooming kids for increased and varied sexual activity. CSE advocates insist that practically any form of sexual activity can be normal and healthy if accompanied by the consent of the parties, contraception, and condoms. CSE, it is claimed, gives young people the tools they need to enjoy healthy sex lives.
The outrageous assumptions in many discussions of gender and sexuality insist that children are capable of making consensual decisions. How is this possible? Depending on the age, children would consent to many things that could damage their lives, such as smoking, drinking, bungee jumping, taking drugs—the list is endless. Aren’t parents supposed to intervene with their children when they are able, if for no other reason than to save them from themselves, from their insatiable curiosity and their limited maturity?
Beyond the practical advice and limitations to experimentation and the need to provide guidance and safety, how do we protect our children in these times? How do we convince them that they are more than sexual beings? That they are beings of creativity, of souls, of value beyond their having sexual choices?Published in Culture
Just a few years ago I would have thought that this strained the bounds of credulity. Unfortunately, we’ve learned that the Overton Window is elastic beyond anything any sensible person suspected: though it seems ridiculous, every progressive trial balloon has to be seen as a potential harbinger of invasion.
Women and children. It’s always the women and the children.
Indeed; the most vulnerable. Like you, Hank, I would never have believed that we’d be discussing this topic. It seems like the world has gone mad, determined to strip us of our children’s future. It is mind-boggling.
I must tell all of you that even the gender garbage has not affected me in this way, and I’m not sure why. I’ve had a visceral reaction to this topic of pedophilia, a bit of nausea, and feel especially helpless to respond in any way but writing. I don’t have children, but I have people in my life that I love and care about who do, and their kids are growing into this world. It just seems so unjust. And no, I’m not a victim, thank G-d.
Register all U.N. employees as sex offenders. Don’t allow them within 500′ of a school or a playground.
The teacher of our Sunday School lesson this morning on the topic of sin and evil noted how often in Hebrew and Christian experience sexual desire and activity are part of the rejection of eternal truth, and become part of our non-God objects of devotion (worship).
At the core of the Democratic Party is this Faustian bargain: In return for complete state control over every other aspect of your life, the party will grant you unlimited sexual license.
This is why the Democrats are abortion absolutists, support pornography and legalized prostitution, and embrace every sexual paraphilia. Normalizing pedophiles is the natural progression of this bargain.
Gosh, that is so insidious, VTK.
This was covered in Scott Yenor’s book, The Return of Family Life. The idea is that all restrictions on human sexuality are bad. So removing any sexual taboos will make everyone happy. It is as absurd as it is insidious.
Can you give us a little rundown on his point of view, Henry?
Well I posted the review here.
The campaign to legalize the sexual exploitation of children isn’t new- it just got derailed by the sex abuse crisis in the church (the left hates the Church more than it likes pedophiles- but now that they have wounded religious people back to the real agenda-erasing reality). Mary Eberstadt wrote about it years ago:
Just wait until they get a load of what has been going on, in Chicago, for only the last two years.
Won’t matter to the left- it doesn’t advance the agenda -it will get covered like Hunters’s laptop. Time to pivot to supporting pedophilia (the moral outrage at pedophilia was just a tool to attack organized religion-that was then-now it is pedophilia is good for children….).
addendum- besides the teacher union will use it to justify further school lockdowns & more remote (ie no) learning. The union loves remote learning, since it means almost no work with full pay.
Were this to actually be done, or even with a just substantial percentage of them, I suspect there are many, probably living, and certainly dead, in the Foreign Offices of sundry Western nations who would not be in the least shocked. Or shocked. Or shocked.
My father would have been one of the unsurprised.
From the old man’s memoirs:
Dad had plenty of other unflattering stories too, but I’ve always particularly like that one, which would probably resonate with substantial segments of the population in several third-world countries where United Nations “Peacekeepers” have been stationed over the years.
Pure evil. Where we are, and where we seem to be going, is unimaginable — to me, but apparently not to “them” (whoever is driving this).
I think that this is based on an incorrect definition of the word pedophilia. Pedophilia is sexual attraction to pre-pubescent children. Sexual attraction to, or sexual activity with, teenagers after puberty is not pedophilia. Most people are sexually mature far before turning 18, typically around age 13.
The call for an age of consent lower than 18 is not strange, Susan. The age of consent in the majority of the states of the Union is 16. This is different in my home state of Arizona, in which the age of consent is 18, with an exception for teenagers between 15 and 19 whose ages are within 2 years of each other. Thus, sex with a 14-year-old is prohibited in Arizona under any circumstances, a 15-year-old may consent to sex with someone who is less than 2 years older.
I think that the age of consent laws are largely useless, and are an attempt to solve a problem created by the abandonment of Biblical morality and law based thereon. Fornication simply used to be illegal. Sex was not permitted outside of marriage. Problem solved.
The age of consent for marriage, by the way, is typically less than 18, though this varies from state to state. In Arizona, it is 16, with parental consent required before the age of 18.
It would probably be a good idea to require parental content until a higher age, perhaps 21 or even 25.
On issues of legal majority, I think that we foolishly adopted 18 as the age of majority, principally on the weak argument that if someone was old enough to fight in the military, he was old enough to make all of his own decisions and to vote. Not so. Rather ironically, the military accepts 17-year-olds.
There is nothing absurd, in principle, about adult responsibility being phased in. We’ve long accepted the idea that people younger than 18 can handle the responsibility of driving, generally at age 16, though this may vary from state to state.
The ideas of the UN and the “International Commission of Jurists” — whatever that is — are depraved and perverted, of course.
What I think we actually need is a return to Biblical morality, with marriages occurring earlier, though with parental consent. This would require an enormous change in world view for the bulk of the population, and abandonment of the selfish individualism so obvious in the 60s “Me generation,” but long present before that among both the traditional Leftists and the libertarian left.
That story reminds me of what Bismarck once said: “When I deal with gentlemen, I try to be a gentleman-and-a-half. When I have to deal with pirates, I am a pirate-and-a-half.”
I guess we just didn’t understand when the teacher’s unions kept repeating “it’s for the children.”
The world hadn’t gone mad. The perverts have the microphone.
It isn’t that the Catholic Church, and others, created sickos who preyed on children but that sickos go to what gives them access to children. Wash, rinse, repeat- Boy Scouts. Wash, rinse, repeat- schools.
The military accepts them because their bodies are ready for the rigorous tasks then provides supervision and mentorship by sergeants. It does not accept them at 17 or 18 for their worldly wisdom.
This is one of the reasons that some in the teacher’s unions do not want police officers in schools. It’s part of the problem created by those who believe that somehow schools are some sort of sanctuary for criminal behavior by some teachers and some students.
I think that most of the confusion with this matter can be solved by recognizing that the narrow definition of “pedophilia” (as some might have it) as “having actual sex with prepubescent children” might rationally be extended to something like “encouraging prepubescent children to focus on their sexual identity at the expense of everything else.”
To be perfectly clear, I–myself–am not looking for a uni-cultural, theocratic society in which we all subscribe to the same religious and cultural requirements. I do think, as exemplified by the (Muslim) Mallam G— in my comment #16 that there might be common ground among those who believe in decent and regular behavior, no matter their religious, or other-than-religious persuasions.
And I think it’s a shame that some are so narrow-minded that they can’t see this.
Folks decry democrats for causing this problem but a list of noted republicans is readily available, if widely ignored here. In fact, a Missouri republican claims adults marrying 12 year olds is good thing.
I find it interesting that both Epstein and Maxwell were jailed for heinous crimes commited by…nobody. No person has been charged with molesting those children. Isn’t that strange?
As far as biblical teaching, keep your bible (whichever holy book you espouse) to yourself. I don’t need your god, thank you, I have my own. Freedom to practice your religion also means I’m free from your religion. There is a reason for the separation of church and state.
As for the age of majority at 18, I was old enough to die for my country, I’m old enough to be charged as an adult for a crime, then I’m old enough for the full benefits of adulthood.
Robert, was this a general statement or in reference to something I wrote or a comment in the post? I don’t disagree with your comments, but they sound angry and reactive and I’m curious if my writing is the source of your reaction.
It’s more of a general reaction to a lot of commentary I’ve been hearing from various sources lately. One the one hand people claiming we need more god and one the other constant news of yet another holy man arrested for molesting children. The whole thing has me fed up, but I didn’t intend to spill my bile on you. Your’s is a voice I respect here.
I didn’t feel that way at all, Robert! No need to apologize. You probably know that I’m a pro-G-d person, even though there are people who profess to love G-d and are as evil as can be. Believing in G-d is no purity test. Thanks for responding to my question; I appreciate the clarification.
It’s a mystery, isn’t it?
Even the military supervises 18 year olds closely. Too bad young people don’t realize our Constitution and Declaration of Independence were sprung from the western tradition, started by the Greeks and matured into what our founders delivered, rooted deeply in the Judeo-Christian values. History is important. Without the study of the classics and the Bible, young people today have no concept of what the country is about and why it is “exceptional.” Separation of church and state doesn’t mean what you think it means. Separate the state from its western, Judeo-Christian values and you will no longer have an exceptional country. As secularism grows, we are watching the republic crumble. You do you but you better hope the rest of us don’t follow.