Beliefnet
Beliefnet News

Normalizing the “last taboo,” pedophilia — sex between adults and children — is the goal of a conference in Balitmore, according to critics.

“Researchers from several prominent U.S. universities will participate in a Baltimore conference reportedly aiming to normalize pedophilia,”  writes Jeremy Kryn for LifeSiteNews. “According to the sponsoring organization’s website, the event will examine ways in which ‘minor-attracted persons’ can be involved in a revision of the American Psychological Association (APA) classification of pedophilia.”

The group is called B4U-ACT and is “a group of pro-pedophile activists and mental health professionals,” writes Kryn.

The group is behind the August 17 conference, which will include panelists from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Illinois, according to Kryn:

B4U-ACT science director Howard Kline has criticized the definition of pedophilia by the American Psychological Association, describing its treatment of “minor-attracted persons” as “inaccurate” and “misleading.”

“It is based on data from prison studies, which completely ignore the existence of those who are law-abiding,” Kline said in a July 25 press release. “The proposed new diagnostic criteria specify ages and frequencies with no scientific basis whatsoever.”

“The Diagnostic and Statistical of Mental Disorders (DSM) should meet a higher standard than that,” he added. “We can help them, because we are the people they are writing about.”

On their website B4U-ACT classifies pedophilia as simply another sexual orientation and decries the “stigma” attached to pedophilia, observing: “No one chooses to be emotionally and sexually attracted to children or adolescents. The cause is unknown; in fact, the development of attraction to adults is not understood.” The group says that it does not advocate treatment to change feelings of attraction to children or adolescents.

In their press release B4U-ACT announced a letter the group has sent to the APA criticizing its classification of the mental illness.

University Visiting Professor of Law Judith Reisman, an expert on sexual ethics and pornography, criticized the Baltimore conference, saying, “This has been on the agenda for decades.”

CLICK HERE to read more

Join the Discussion
comments powered by Disqus