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Reprinted with permission from Breakpoint, January 11, 2001.

How does the unthinkable become thinkable? Through slow, persistent, and quiet change. At a time whenabortion, infanticide, and euthanasia are becomingwidely accepted, you might wonder: What's left thatcould possibly be called "unthinkable"? The answer:pedophilia, the sexual exploitation of children.

Most Americans view pedophilia as an abomination. But gay activists are now openly advocating it, calling it "inter-generational intimacy." As Mary Eberstadt writes in a provocative article in the Weekly Standard, the "social consensus against the sexualexploitation of children...is apparentlyeroding."

The process of erosion began at least 15 yearsago, when academics began questioning the almost universal condemnation of pedophilia. Soon, filmmakers and advertisers joined in, giving usmovies like "Lolita," depicting a sexual liaisonbetween a 12-year-old girl and a 40-year-oldman. More recently, advertisers like Calvin Klein have pushed the envelope, using child-like models in sexually explicit poses in billboards and advertising.

Most Americans didn't fully wake up to the dangeruntil 1998. That's when the journal of the American Psychological Association published the results of a study that argued that sex between adults andchildren is not always harmful, and that so-called"willing encounters" should be relabeled as "adult- child sex."

The public was outraged. But, shockingly, mainlinenewspapers allowed homosexual activists to use theirpages to attack, not the study, but people like Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who criticized it.

As one example, in National Journal, Jonathan Rauchwrote approvingly of the study and called the vote byCongress condemning it "faintly sinister."

Mainline publishers also helped lower the deviancy bar,publishing trashy novels with sympathetic portrayalsof men having sex with boys as young as seven--books, by the way, that are available at yourneighborhood bookstores.

Well, the effort to make the unacceptable acceptablewas predicted some 20 years ago.

In their 1979 book, "Whatever Happened to the HumanRace?" Dr. C. Everett Koop and Dr. Francis Schaefferpredicted that things considered unthinkable in the 1970s would be quite thinkable in the '90s--including things like adult-child sex.

This would happen, they predicted, because "theconsensus of our society no longer rests on a Judeo-Christian base, but rather on a humanistic one."

Humanists, you see, view people as products ofchance, not creations of God. So, there are no transcendent standards. Standards fluctuate depending on what's viewed as "necessary, expedient, or evenfashionable."

Well, Christians don't live by what's fashionable,and we need to let our voices be heard on this issue.

To learn more, make sure to read Mary Eberstadt'svery important article. And the next timeyou see an ad exploiting children, speak out. Writethe advertisers, boycott their products, and informyour congressman.

We can't afford to keep silent about this issue. Godhelp us if the barbarians in our midst are able to convince the American people that child molestation is just another fashionable trend of the 21st century.

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