Perhaps OP's analogy is not perfect, but look at the sentiment behind it. We all believe pedophiles are bad people. We all feel justified in calling
for their execution, but the real issue is: Do we throw this term about a bit too freely, and might our definitions often be too broad? For example,
an 18 year old boy is caught having sex with his 17 year old girlfriend who will be 18 in six weeks. This fellow is accused of a sex crime and must
register for the rest of his life. Hey, he's a pedophile! How old was Mary, mother of Jesus, when he was born? Scholars tell us she was probably about
14 because women were considered adults at the onset of puberty, not years later by some hyped up legal term. So God (or Joseph) is a pedophile.
Pedophilia, real pedophilia is bad news and we react to it with a vengance rarely seen in anything else. Witness the reaction in this thread. It's the
same with accusations of homophobia. If you say anything, ANYTHING at all against the gay lifestyle, even of it is protesting certain group's vicious
intimidation tactics, you are accused of being a "homophobe," one who FEARS homosexuals. Seriously? Because I don't like you that means I fear you?
How stupid can you get?
And, of course, there is our old favorite, tried and true: RACIST! Yup, if I say Obama's fiscal policy is leading us down the road to ruin, I'm an
automatic racist. He's done nothing wrong in his entire life and if anyone accuses him of anything at all, even if it's documented, they are automatic
The problem with accusing someone of pedophilia is that they are considered guilty until proven innocent. It can ruin your life, and even if the
accusation is total nonsense it will take months to sort it out. Meanwhile you lose your job, your friends, maybe even your family.
So if you are going to accuse someone of pedophilia, you'd damn well better be right. And if you screw up? You deserve to take the brunt of the
lawsuits, or resign your post as the BBC Director just did. How many people became outraged when they read the completely false BBC story? It's true:
There are real pedophiles and no real witches, but the hysterical accusations sound the same.
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