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This week I want to talk about the slippery slope of sexual politics. On August 17, in Baltimore, Maryland, a symposium was held to discuss pedophilia, or child molesters. It wasn’t a meeting to talk about how to keep them from molesting children. It was a meeting held by the founder of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic – an M.D. and Ph.D. – to talk about how the official manual of mental health might be amended to be more, well, “understanding” of the sexual disorder now called “minor-attracted persons.”

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is referred to as the DSM, and the DSM is the bible for psychiatrists and psychologists. Every mental disorder you can think of – and all new discoveries to come – will be listed in the DSM. If doctors are talking about the DSM, they’re talking about how the DSM defines mental disorders. For instance, in 1973, homosexuality was listed in the DSM as a mental disorder. At that year’s national convention of the American Psychiatric Association, homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder, meaning that group of psychiatrists decided at that moment that homosexuality is natural, normal and healthy.

Now, there’s a whole back story about how that was accomplished by homosexual activists to basically intimidate those psychiatrists, but the point is that the DSM is important for anyone who has a serious interest in mental disorders or even how some mental disorders shouldn’t be viewed as disorders.

The prospectus for the Baltimore meeting of people interested in pedophilia states, “It is crucial that the DSM be based on the most accurate and complete scientific information available, and on careful consideration of effects on the welfare of patients and society. This is especially true for the DSM entry on pedophilia; it has an enormous impact on the beliefs and practices of mental health professionals, the criminal justice system, and the public. It also has a profound effect on adults and teenagers who are emotionally and sexually attracted to children and adolescents. …The revision of DSM currently under way provides both the opportunity and the necessity to address fundamental issues surrounding the DSM entry for pedophilia.”

Look, I know that pedophiles are an easy target for reviling, and rightly so – they molest kids, perhaps the most revolting human behavior aside from cold-blooded murder. And I realize that some people would accuse me of picking on an easy target. That said, let me tell you what’s really going on.

Psychology is going off the deep end with its new focus on human attraction, and the homosexual movement has put them in this bind. For decades now the homosexual movement has insisted that a person can be “born gay.” The problem is that over this same period of time, after having exhausted incredible amounts of time and resources, homosexual-friendly scientists and doctors have not been able to provide any replicable scientific or medical findings that prove any such thing.

Based on those failures, the homosexual movement has now turned its focus on human attraction. Attention has been taken away from behavior – there’s no way that homosexuals want people talking about what homosexuals actually do, no way they want people to talk about what behavior actually proves someone is a homosexual – and so they now want all of us to talk about attraction – that vague, subjective, unidentifiable essence of the mind. And they want this idea put into law.

Pedophiles are following the same game plan now. In their troubled state of mind, pedophiles have long felt that they only help little children, that they’re mentors for these kids and that, if it comes to sex, they’re only helping children express their sexuality in natural ways.

The fact is – the truth is – pedophiles are mentally disturbed and there’s no amount of gloss that can cover the fact that what they do is reprehensible. But they’ve seen homosexuals get away with it and now they think it’s their turn.

For Sutherland Institute, I’m Paul Mero.

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