In one of the interminable threads that devolved into endless discussions of pedophilia a couple of months ago, I raised an academic question about whether those who were commenting could come up with a reason why pedophilia was "wrong" without relying on a Judeo-Christian cultural context.   The history, I argued, was that in Greece and to a lesser extent in Rome, pedophilia in some forms was culturally acceptable; only those pesky Christians managed to radically change the culture.

For me it was just an academic speculation, but apparently I was much closer than I had ever considered possible.

In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.”

Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair.


Child welfare experts responded to Dawkins’ remarks with outrage — and concern over their effect on survivors of abuse.


I'm just curious what people think?   Even in the midst of the groping, fondling, and raping of kids, and hiding/covering up of the crimes which occurred among clergy of my faith, it was exceptionally rare that anyone actually tried to condone it as being harmless. 

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See?  You can't really hate him. 

Wrong again, Paynton - ain't nothing passive about it!

Who said anything about being scared?  I always jump in and defend my friends from bullying. 

♬ "Here he comes to save the day!" ♪

TOLD you I was psychic - or is that psychotic? I always get those two mixed up --

@Belle, I love Cumbia, but I don't know that much about it.  Can you point me towards any good CDs? 

Is that sincere, or yet another effort to ingratiate? Frankly, I would suspect you to be more inclined toward Limbo or Calypso, Mon --

¿De me? ¡No lo creo!

Excepto durante una noche oscura y tempestuosa - entonces, asusteme --*>:) devil

I'm not sure which of my posts you are referring to, since when I trace this one back, you seem to be replying to a post you made.

Belle honey, he was joking, smiles don't worry

Maybe not. Something to do with the cat book, perhaps?

But what about Naomi?

Oh come on! Does NObody remember the teen version of Sesame Street, called, "The Electric Company," featuring a 20-year old Morgan Freeman and the late Rita Moreno?


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