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Visitors “profoundly shaken” by “evil” at academic pro-pedophilia conference

“As a former law enforcement officer I’ve dealt with situations involving suicide, homicide and other violence. That said, I’ve never felt the level of spiritual oppression and evil that I felt in that room,” says Liberty Counsel attorney Matt Barber.

Barber is describing attending a pro-pedophilia conference in Baltimore last week.

A group of academics called “B4U-ACT” classifies pedophilia as simply another sexual orientation and decries the “stigma” attached to adults having sex with children.

B4U-ACT science director Howard Kline challenged supporters to pressure the American Psychological Association to stop defining the sexual compulsions of “minor-attracted persons” as a mental disorder.


Similar lobbying in 1973 by homosexual activists led to the APA’s declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. As a result, debate regarding homosexuality and the many documented harms associated with the homosexual lifestyle were all but shut down in academic psychological circles.

That’s the goal of B4U-ACT — normalizing pedophilia and changing the public discussion away from protecting children and instead to giving rights to pedophiles since they were “born that way” and can do nothing about their sexual orientation. 

“These mental health ‘professionals,’ and self-described pedophile and ‘gay’ activists were inexplicably able to cavalierly discuss, in an almost dismissive way, the idea of child rape,” Barber told LifeSiteNews. “They used flowery, euphemistic psychobabble to give quasi-scientific cover to a discussion about the worst kind of perversion.”


The event, attended by pro-pedophile activists and mental health professionals, examined the ways in which “minor-attracted persons” could be involved in pressuring the APA to revise its classification of pedophilia.

LifeSiteNews reports:

Conference panelists included Fred Berlin of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Renee Sorentino of Harvard Medical School, John Sadler of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and John Breslow of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Speakers addressed the around 50 individuals in attendance on themes ranging from the notion that pedophiles are “unfairly stigmatized and demonized” by society to the idea that “children are not inherently unable to consent” to sex with an adult. Also discussed were arguments that an adult’s desire to have sex with children is “normative” and that the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) ignores the fact that pedophiles “have feelings of love and romance for children” in the same way adult heterosexuals and homosexuals have romantic feelings for one another.


Liberty University Visiting Professor of Law Judith Reisman, who attended the conference, noted “that educated professionals have largely been trained to be a form of sexual anarchists.”

“Although the stupidity of advocating harmless amoral sexuality overwhelms us daily, our arrogant ‘educated’ populations say morality has no place in our sexual lives,” Reisman said. “Just as AIDS is a natural outgrowth of amoral sexual education and media, so too is child sexual abuse. We are breeding a new human character and child sexual abuse is increasingly part of that character.”

“I, for one, have had enough,” Barber told LifeSiteNews. “These sexual anarchists, whatever their perverse stripe, need to leave our children alone and let kids be kids.”


However, she noted, that’s not likely to happen.

“They know that to own the future, they must own the minds of our children,” he said. “Hence, groups like B4U-ACT, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Planned Parenthood and the like, utilize academia, from pre-school to post-graduate, in order to brainwash and indoctrinate.”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bluebuss

    geez. there are “pro pedophilia activists”? what is going on!

  • LaVaughn

    Equating pedophilia with homosexuality and gynecological care?! This site has truly gone through the looking glass.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lillian R.

    The world is speeding up going to hell in a handbasket. God help us ALL.

  • Michael Allen

    After hearing about this convention for the first time last week, I wrote my own article about how I feel. The term “minor-attracted person” should only be applied to people who have identified they have a problem, and they are seeking help before they hurt a child. That means they have never acted on their impulses and they are trying to learn ways to live in society without hurting children. The fact that they have never hurt a child is the key. The term pedophile should be used for those sick individuals who have acted on their impulses. You can’t be a thief until you steal something. You can’t be a murder until you kill someone. And you can’t be a pedophile until you rape a child.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment dorothy clementson

    there is too much bleeding heart, pro this and pro that. These people are great evil doers, even if a child did consent to the rape, it would be because of fear, or really not knowing what is happening. It is plane and simply rape

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Elmer

    This will be the final nail in this countries coffin. God our Father will not let this horrible act go unpunnised.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment janameyerstein

    This makes my skin CRAWL! Take it from me…I was gangraped at 7 yrs old by my 18 year old uncle and his friends. My uncle ended up being scitzophrenic. I ended up pretty messed up, with chronic disabling depression. I was not able to stay stay married, and tried two times. In my forties, after coming back to the Lord and being single for 12 years I did find a man who also believed in the Lord, we got married and adopted a wonderful boy, who is now 14 years old. I am here to tell you that it always screws up the kids because one person has all the power. In my recovery once I sat across from a pedafile who said that the little girl was four and she did not seem to mind that he was using her. I started sobbing and telling him that she was in shock and that she could not say anything. Her life was changed forever, and her ability to trust was damaged. Little children have a little black box in their heart, and when something very bad happens to them the pain and memories go inside the little black box and it snaps shut. This happens so that they can go on with their life. Later the information comes out a little at a time. Drugs and alcohol help to keep information at bay…but it ends up coming out. A doctor just did some surgery on my female parts, he said he has been doing this work for 26 years and he has never seen scar tissue like this. So to every pedifile out there who thinks that the kids want their wierd affection, think again. I think it is a spirit that comes over them, and I think that they are addicted to having sex with children. Lock them up in a big prison and throw away the key, because I have only seen two pedifiles who have even the smallest amount of remorse. Keep our children safe, and put the SOUL-KILLERS out of society. I have worked with little children all my life, because I want to keep them safe and protected. Thank you, from a Survivor

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment yolanda

    arrest all of them and put them in jail

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Judy

    I have never been so appalled. Everyone of these people that advocate sex with children and another form of sexual orientation, need to have their backgrounds looked into. It seems to me that for them to suggest making it okay to have sex with a child they are already doing so. No sane adult should advocate this. As far as a child “consenting” to this, how ignorant can you be?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment harry kuhn

    This group doesn’t even know that APA stands for the American Psychiatric Association, yet they come such “distinguished” universities as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the London School of Economics, & the UTMC. This group wants the legalization of child sexual abuse and exploitation. They are out of their minds (John Stuart Mill, the premier social philosopher of mid-XIX century liberalism [read his treatise “On Liberty”, 1859]would have condemned this group for violating the rights of others to seek fulfillment of one’s own (perverted, goulish, psychopathological) needs and wants. This group has the constitutional right to assemble and to speak; however, the institutions which have them on-staff have to reconsider their personnel standards regarding academic freedom. As a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the profession of social work supports the protection of children from any form of maltreatment. Laws are enacted to reflect our sense of morality and ethics. Sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adolescents can result in their innocent lives being tormented a life-time regardless of the sexual orientation of the abusive and exploitative adult. In a mentally healthy relationship between an adult and child/adolescent, the adult is a protective factor, not a destructive force in child and adolescent biopsychosocial development.
    Social workers advocate for social justice, human rights, and civil rights, and are against any form of oppression of any vulnerable individual or group of vulnerable individuals by those who, through racism, sexism, ageism, etc. would do physical, psychosexual, emotional, spiritual, or any other dimension of harm.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Completely Disgusted

    So what are they saying? That they have the right to sexually abuse our children anytime they want and we have to be kind and conpassionate and accept that as their right!!!!!!!!!! What about the rights of the children to grow up innocent???? Boy does this article have my ire up. These guys need to be in prison where they can be kept away from our children. Anyone who wants to be kind and compassionate to them and tell them that they had the right to do what they wanted to the children can go there to visit them. Heck, let them stay there too. In my book, the rights of the children far out weigh the “rights” of these guys. Boy am I angry. What can we do to stop them?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment GwendolynEJohnson

    This attempt to rationalize pedophilia is luducrous and ungodly. All perversion against procreation of man and woman is demonic. People need to stand up for what is right and stop the madness now,it has gone too far. The innocence of our children has already been compromised. Because of my Christian beliefs I am against the death penalty, but God help me now because this is making me rethink that.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joe

    As being a victim of these types of people I have one word SICK!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lisa Ann Cecilia

    After watching John Paul the Great’s Theology of the Body on DVD and reading about it–this story exemplfies the utilitarism that is the opposite of LOVE for it objectifies another person and uses them for one’s pleasure. LOVE would want what is best for the other. We need “Theology of the Body” in this world. Educate yourself and Evangelize as I am doing here.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Christal Stewart

    There is no way that pedophila can be normalized because it is not normal. It is an evil that needs to be eradicated. The people who commit these evil crimes against innocent children are lost souls however they should not try to normalize somthing that is such a terrible thing to do to children. Children are by nature trusting and love unconditionally and anyone who takes advantage of that needs help only God can give them. This is why it is important to not only pray for your loved ones but your enemies as well. And I pray that the children who are suffering , have suffered and have yet to suffer.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Christal Stewart

    I pray for the children who have suffered this great evil and injustice. They are constantly healing and I hope they always feel the love of God, who will never let them suffer alone.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment janameyerstein

    when a pedafile has been caught, studies show that they have abused about 25 other children before they are discovered.
    Take all the wierdos who are in this meeting/workshop and seize their computers, check where they work, and hang out and register them as a probable pedafile. If we do not keep our children safe, no one will.

  • Danny Haszard

    Please examine the Jehovah’s Witnesses who go door to door and come on our property.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses pedophiles.
    Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah’s Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation. Such allegations have customarily been treated as sins instead of crimes and are only reported to authorities when it is required to do so by law, (which varies by state).

    It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large. These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles.

    The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already.
    — Danny Haszard abuse victim


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ronaldo

    Lets see… Who promotes pedophilia?
    Who gave keynote speeches and led panel discussions at several NAMBLA conferences?
    ANSWER: Harry Hay.
    Who said, “One of the people that’s always inspired me is Harry Hay.” (GLSEN Mid-Atlantic Conference on October 25, 1997 in New York) and who also edited and co-wrote a book called Becoming Visible about the history of gay activism in which there is an entire chapter about Harry Hay?
    ANSWER: Kevin Jennings
    Who is Keven Jennings?
    ANSWER: America’s Safe Schools Czar.
    Who appointed Jennings?
    ANSWER: President Obama.

    Ha, I knew I could tie Obama to this!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment annmari

    Now I know the Lord is coming soon….I cannot live in this filthy disgusting world any longer. God please help us.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment sarah

    A key participant has been convicted of child molestation, and possession of child pornography on his computer and sexually molesting a young boy. He had prior convictions for child molestation in 1990 and 2001. After his parole in 2006 he went to works for north east mental health centre, despite his background and numerous complaints against him.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment lore

    I wish I could email each and every one of
    those pro-child abusers to tell them they
    are EXCUSE MAKERS. They are abnormal for even thinking that they are ‘normal’. Daaah!

    Do you have an email list for those so called
    scientists and so called professionals?

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