To the Editor:
This letter is in response to the question Dan Rebek directed to me in “Slippery slope argument” Aug. 30. His question was, “Can you name one person who actually advocates for pedophiles to have the right to engage in pedophilic acts or who thinks pedophilic behavior is appropriate?”
While pedophilia has always been a strong, unquestioned societal taboo, arguments are now emerging in academic journals, books and online that sex between adults and children should be acceptable, especially when children consent to it. Some academics at mainstream universities are making the case for “adult-child sex.”
One of the trailblazers of this view, who died this year, is Harris Mirkin, associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He wrote, “Children are the last bastion of the old sexual morality.”
In his article “The Pattern of Sexual Politics: Feminism, Homosexuality and Pedophilia” published in the Journal of Homosexuality, he likens the battle to legalize pedophilia to that of women’s rights, civil rights of blacks and homosexual rights.
He believes the acceptance of pedophilia as another sexual orientation will happen when society moves the discussion to the “right” of children to have and enjoy sex.
The late Dr. John Money, the renowned psychologist and sexologist from Johns Hopkins was an advocate of pedophilia — as long as it was “affectional” and not sadistic.
In his own words he stated, “If I were to see the case of a boy aged 10 or 11 who’s intensely erotically attracted toward a man in his 20s or 30s, if the relationship is totally mutual and the bonding is genuinely totally mutual…then I would not call it pathological in any way.”
Money claimed that pedophilia was not a disorder — just a surplus of parental love that had become eroticized.
In Judith Levine’s notorious book “Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex” (University of Minnesota Press 2002), she suggests that the threat of pedophilia is exaggerated by adults who want to keep young people from having positive sexual experiences.
Levine asserts that consensual sex between adults and teenagers isn’t necessarily harmful. She promotes lowering the age-of-consent laws to 12 and decriminalizing statutory rape.
The “gay rights” movement gave rise to a very organized group of pedophiles known as the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
This group has been trying to link “adult-child sex” with homosexual rights for 35 years and advocates for reducing the age-of-consent laws.
NAMBLA’s ads frequently appear in homosexual newspapers and its members openly march in “gay pride” parades.
The American Psychological Association (APA) published a shocking report in 1998 titled “A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples.”
The report suggests that sexual relations between adults and children may be a positive experience for children, and should be labeled in a value-neutral way as ‘adult-child sex’ instead of “abuse.”
It is important to note that this increasing acceptance of pedophilia was advanced by Dr. Alfred Kinsey, the notorious sex “scientist” who deliberately skewed his empirical data and collaborated with pedophiles who sexually abused hundreds of children in the name of “science.”
But that is another story. As you can see, an intellectual validation of pedophilia has begun, and this should concern all of us.
CRHS seniors help seniors
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Anoka County Community Action Program’s Chores and More Program (assists with chore services projects for over age 60 population), I would like to thank the Coon Rapids High School football team and booster club parents for participating in the first year of “Seniors Helping Seniors” (titled by one of the parents) volunteer program this year.
This was a new venture for the Chores and More Program with the football team and booster club to give back to the community.
The senior football players assisted five individual seniors who live in their homes in the Coon Rapids community and did a variety of projects, everything from window washing, weeding, moving bushes and trimming.
They did this on the weekend of Aug. 17, when the whole team did a variety of projects citywide.
The team spent the morning giving back to the community. According to all, it was a wonderful, positive experience.
Thank you again to the football booster club and football team for making this a wonderful success.
Anoka County Community Action Program Chores and More
Proud of community
To the Editor:
We just saw the Lyric Arts production of “The Laramie Project.” We’ve been going to Lyric Arts since it was the Pocket Theater on Johnson Street back in the late ‘90’s.
I am so incredibly proud to be a part of a community that has a theater such as Lyric Arts in it, and to see what they have grown into over the years!
This powerful story was about equality and civil rights and choosing love over hate. The actors were just amazing and real!
I highly recommend this play to everyone.
Sylvia K. Goldman
To the Editor:
We wish to express our deep appreciation to everyone at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage who was involved in the production of “The Laramie Project.”
Based on interviews and public documents, this play portrays how the torture and murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay university student, affected the town of Laramie, Wyo.
As Christians, we were deeply moved by this powerful and thought-provoking presentation of the consequences of prejudice and intolerance.
We were also inspired by the examples of grace and moral courage in the community, from the Catholic priest who condemned gay slurs as verbal violence to the young friend who responded to Rev. Fred Phelps’ anti-gay protest with a message of peace and love.
This is community theater at its finest.
Sherry Jordon and Bill Eaves