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Chuck Colson: BBC attempts to mainstream pedophiles

Four years ago, the BBC decided to capitalize on the immense popularity of the long-running Doctor Who series by creating a spin-off called Torchwood.

Whereas Doctor Who is, apart from the intensity of its stories, safe for the whole family, producers said that Torchwood would be “dark, clever, wild, [and] sexy,” reports Christian author Chuck Colson. “Doctor Who for adults” is what they called it.

As a colleague wrote at the time, a better word to describe the show is “nihilistic” — it’s a judgment that’s reinforced by the show’s newest character.

While Torchwood is certainly dark, it’s rarely, if ever, been all that “clever,” especially when measured against the standard set by Doctor Who and other science fiction classics, observes Colson:


Instead, the show has substituted transgression for originality. Specifically, sexual transgression. The lead character, Captain Jack Harkness, can best be described as an “omni-sexual.” While the rest of his team, all but one of whom were killed, may not have successfully emulated his alien-fighting skills, they did manage to learn from his sexual example: extramarital affairs, same-sex experimentation were all in a day’s work for the Torchwood team.

For the fourth season, entitled “Miracle Day,” the writers ratcheted up the transgression: The newest character, Oswald Jones, is a pedophile. Yes, you heard me correctly.

Jones, played by actor Bill Pullman, is a convicted pedophile-murderer who is released on a technicality. While he’s far from the first pedophile to be depicted on television, he is undoubtedly the first depicted in a way that prompts the audience to root for him.


John Barrowman, the openly-gay actor who plays Harkness, said: “The interesting thing about [having a pedophile man character] that is that the audience is going to be torn, because they’re going to not like him for what he’s done — but they’re gonna like him.”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment J. Regan

    We are sick, sick, sick when we allow things like that to be on tv. No wonder our kids do the things they do. Pedophiles are sick people and should be locked up as they cannot, I repeat, cannot be rehabilitated. I know, I have worked with them. And some of them admit it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brian

    Welcome to the Roman Empire

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pixie

    What men do with men is none of my business. What women do with women is none of my business. But when it comes to protecting our cildren that is a different matter. Are we sacrificing our morals on the alter of sensationalism?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment L

    I agree with Pixie. That show is an abomination.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment GaudioLugens

    The visceral reactivity of emotion, including that emotion which imagines itself to be most reasonable in spite its spites and its loves, is affectively distant from the cerebral activity of reason. According to its increasingly materialist scheme, the world would consensually agree that the heart and the brain, whether as matter or metaphor, are separate. Pedophilia, a philological aberration in itself, evokes such murderous hatred, subliminal or not, in the emotional majority, that their synthetic definition of a particular pedophile as murderous, thus rendering epithet ‘murderous pedophile’, becomes their analytical definition of all pedophiles. In their irrational belief that the synthetic is the analytic, they emotionally ascribe their analysis of the particular to the condemnation of the whole, thereby justifying their actions accordingly. I compose this not for the sake of whom they everlastingly hate, but for the sake of the reason they occasionally love.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dee

    What a load of psycho “babble” Gaudio

    Pedophiles are criminals no matter “how you slice it”………and there is NO excusing it EVER……….
    Though I am surprised that the BBC had to sink to such a low level to gain viewers, as I enjoy many of the shows on BBC America.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bobby

    Pixie, tho I agree with you on the subject of pedophiles being disapproving, you seem to suggest that homosexuals are the pedophiles, and they are not. Do your research, i dont care where you get you get your research, but it will all say the same. 98% of pedophiles are straights.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment paula

    Dee, it’s not “psycho babble”, it’s actually logic, albeit expressed in terms usually reserved for people who are doing their PhD in philosophy. If you don’t understand what it means it’s not surprising – few people would. I tend to think the use of it in this forum is arrogant & supercilious but would have to ask that you please don’t criticize what you don’t understand.

    I saw one Torchwood “miniseries” plot that involved aliens who wanted a percentage of the earth’s children or they would wipe out humans & take the children anyway. It actually WAS quite clever in many ways: The way the aliens were portrayed (never actually seen which gave them a menace that most shows never succeed at), the fact that a main character (Harkness’s male lover) got killed off because Harkness refused to give in to their demands. I realize the same-sex issue is a problematic one but wasn’t prepared for a significant character to die or for him to die in his lover’s arms in a scene that conveyed anguish & grief, with the usually confident & wry Harkness broken & weeping.

    I would say that Harkness’s character is an interesting one because in ways that sometimes surprise even his friends & colleagues he’s more AMORAL than immoral. By the very end it was realized that the aliens had visited earth quite a long time prior & had taken a very small (relatively speaking) number of children. Since Harkness is immortal he was part of the special ops forces that delivered them to the aliens.

    In a fascinating twist, it’s finally revealed that the aliens don’t kill the children & that they’re all still alive & “unharmed” in a state of hibernation – still children. The aliens get “high” off their unique brain waves. Now that they’ve gotten used to the high they can’t imagine not having access to it anymore so they want something like 1/10 of all the earth’s children. Political leaders are seen debating the matter. It’s a true type of philosophical paradox: While 10 or 12 children were considered dispensable the last time if it would save the rest of humanity, millions are being asked for now.At what point is a sacrifice too great when weighing the survival of all of civilization with the survival of the few?

    Harkness has to come to terms with the fact that he was one of those who made that decision the last time, when it was “easier” to make. This time he decides it’s time to fight & not let the aliens win.

    My sister is a fan of the show. I’ve seen it occasionally but wouldn’t seek it out. I will say, however, that it’s not nihilistic in m opinion. It deals in shades of gray. To have a “hero” who’s very blemished yet who has the capacity to care for various types of sentient beings on a deep level is a well from which many philosophical issues can be drawn – and one which isn’t alluded to at all by this article.

    I don’t know about the new character. I DO know that most pedophiles cannot – I mean biologically cannot – feel desire in the way a normal adult should. This is why they’re treated with “chemical castration” – basically their ability to become sexually aroused is negated by regular injections of hormones that, for the most part, reduce testosterone. Since they can’t “desire” in a normal adult way they are medically treated to not be able to “desire” at all.

    Is this a reasonable solution? Should they be executed? It’s one of those philosophical “gray” areas touched on by the Torchwood miniseries I saw.

    Psychopaths cannot feel remorse & do not have a conscience as you & I would understand it. This is due to many factors, including genetic ones, but is a problem that begins in utero & involves the normal development of the serotonergic system. Environment then goes on to determine how much this will affect the individual.

    So – what should we do with people who cannot answer to something we take for granted,but isn’t there in their case – namely their conscience?

    I think these are difficult issues.

    In Romans we see the apostle Paul addressing a “difficult issue” of the times – namely how would those who died without having heard the Gospel be judged? Later we see the split between the Jerusalem church & Paul’s mission “to the Gentiles” causing “difficult issues” for the leaders to argue over.

    I’m not defending the new character – it would be hard to even know how they’ll approach it. All I’m saying is that what I’ve seen of “Torchwood” IS a clever & thoughtful series that deals in issues that are “impossible choices” – which we all have to make sometimes.

    Morality isn’t black & white. I have a family situation where members of my family admit – reluctantly – that they betrayed my husband & myself through a series of lies. I’ve been told I should forgive them. But they show no sign of feeling shame or conviction over their sin & even less of attempting to repent. The New Testament is full of moral quandaries & challenges that none of us can live up to (“Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect”)

    I think the goal is to get us to think. And try. And realize we’re all human & none of us has the right to legislate some aspects of humanity. At one time people who attempted suicide but didn’t die were arrested and thrown in prison. The rationale for this barbaric practice was a “Christian” one in terms of its view of life.

    Does anyone think we should bring this viewpoint back.

    I believe when biology is much better understood we’ll have some of our answers. Until then I find much of what I’ve read so far on this page reactionary and sometimes just offensive & arrogant – as offensive as some other things it shines a light on as examples of ungodliness.

  • patricia

    People will do anything for money or popularity. It is very sad since people feel that BBC is such a great literary station to follow.

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