March 28, 2002

LIFE IN THE POSTMORAL WEST :

University of Minnesota Press book challenges anxiety about pedophilia (Mark
O'Keefe, Mar 26, 2002, Newhouse News Service)
Sex between adults and children has been a societal taboo so strong that it's considered one of our few unquestioned moral principles.
But arguments have emerged in academic journals, books and online that at least some such sex should be acceptable, especially when children
consent to it.

Those making the case aren't just fringe groups, such as the North American Man-Boy Love Association, but a handful of academics at mainstream
universities.


It's easy and fashionable to express outrage at some of the comments by the Reverend Jerry Falwell and the Reverend Pat Robertson that at least imply
that America deserved what it got on 9-11. Of course, the people who were killed did not deserve to die and their families and friends did not
deserve to lose loved ones. Nothing can justify what happened and to find some kind of solace in it as a confirmation of your worldview is rather
childish. But when you read a story like this you can't help feeling that our society has a sickness at its core which must be attacked vigorously or else
maybe the entire culture really should be euthanized.

(via Enter Stage Right's Musings)

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 28, 2002 7:21 PM
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