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Originally posted by MrAndy
I feel very disgusted after reading this thread. At this place of all places, you still believe in pure evil. Murder is not justice! Torture is not justice! Why do you think a pedophile cannot get help? It is not a "cold hard fact". "Evil" is an archaic term used to explain why someone can do a terrible act. We're smarter than this now, we know that these people aren't supernatural villains, these are human beings with warped cognition. We may as well begin witch hunts once again.
Originally posted by spellbound
reply to post by Donnie Darko
Hi, Donny, how are you?
I am your friend, remember?
That's not a contradiction. That's a distinction between punishment for an action taken, and a punishment levied for the way you were born/developed - which is out of your control. It was a distinction I had hoped to make clear
because some people often can't tell the difference between someone who's turned on by children, and someone who rapes children.
While I personally agree that either form is grotesque in the highest degree, I cannot justify the persecution of someone for being born a certain way. Just like I find the act of cannibalism grotesque, I cannot justify the criminalization of someone behind their desk gettin it on to a fantasy picture
I don't have the statistics on hand, and I'd be much obliged if anyone feels like posting them - be they contradictory or confirming - but as I understand it, a large portion of the people convicted of pedophilia aren't really even pedophiles.
They're adventure seekers, experimenters, etc.
The issue is complex. It's not cut & dry, and cut & dry solutions aren't working. They won't work. Replacing a current cut & dry policy with a new (and more brutal) cut & dry policy isn't going to work either - and may make the situation even worse.
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
Originally posted by Techsnow
What's so wrong wth sex with a 12 yr old?
You sir, are morally deficient.
In all my years of involvement on the staff of ATS, I have never before felt compelled to ban someone solely on their stated opinion in a post... until now.