I give Peter Heck a tad more credit than the average Christian polemicist. He is better educated and more intellectually honest than most of his peers. Nevertheless, many of those same Christians seem to want to conflate gays with pedophiles; making hay of the furor following the Sandusky debacle. In an article in OneNewsNow, Mr. Heck asks an important question. First he stipulates:


Let me clarify this point: I am not suggesting that homosexuality and
pedophilia are equivalent. They are not. Nor do I believe that they
should be treated identically under the criminal law. Homosexual
participants are typically consenting adults, while pedophilia usually
involves an unwilling and victimized child. Therefore, child molesting
involves a degree of sexual abuse that homosexuality does not encompass.

I wish that Mr. Heck would call people what they choose to be called. In this case, it is “gay” in contrast to “homosexual.” When he says that gays and pedophiles should not be treated identically under the [sic] criminal law, I hope that he means that homosexuality is not a criminal offense. Then I run into more serious problems:

  • Pedophilia does not usually involve an unwilling and victimized child. Pedophilia always involves an unwilling and victimized minor unable to give consent.
  • Heck goes on to write that child molesting
    involves a degree of sexual abuse that homosexuality does not encompass.
    Intentionally or not, he is suggesting that there is a degree of sexual abuse in homosexuality. That is simply untrue.

Then Mr. Heck goes to a rather strange world:

That stipulated, the left must explain how they can consider it ethical
to sit in judgment of the sexual predilections of a self-described MAP
(minor-attracted person) while they piously forbid others to sit in
judgment of those of an LGBT.  Liberals have preached for decades that
one does not “choose” their sexual appetite or preference. They have
told us that it is bigoted and hateful to delegitimize or discriminate
against another’s natural sexual penchants, whether or not we personally
share their urges.

Do heterosexuals somehow give license to men who have sex with female children?

I am neither a psychiatrist nor psychologist. Nevertheless, I would stipulate    for the sake of argument    that pedophiles are “born that way.” So what? When they act, they do so by victimizing someone incapable of giving legal consent. As gays, we have never suggested that it is bigoted to discriminate based on natural sexual attraction. We have been clear that it is bigoted to discriminate against people who are gay. We are specific. It does not operate to suggest that we reserve opprobrium for people attracted to children, pets or anything else that does not involve consenting adults.

 

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.