Ohio Man Claims Right To Have Sex With BoysOur morality calls for society to sanction the union of a man and a woman. Your morality - or amorality - allows for the union of two men, but I'll bet not for the union of a pedophile and "disabled" boys.
Admitted Pedophile Says Children Can Consent
CLEVELAND -- It was probably not a defense the court had heard before.
A suburban Cleveland man accused of sexually assaulting nine disabled boys told a judge Wednesday that his apartment was a religious sanctuary where smoking marijuana and having sex with children are sacred rituals protected by civil rights laws.
The admitted pedophile offered a surprising defense Wednesday to 74 charges of rape, drugs and pandering obscenity to minors.
Appearing in an Ohio court for a pretrial hearing, Phillip Distasio, 34, of Rocky River, Ohio, said he was a pedophile.
He told the judge, "I'm a pedophile. I've been a pedophile for 20 years. The only reason I'm charged with rape is that no one believes a child can consent to sex. (link)
Do you truly want morality removed from the discussion? If so, you support this creep's argument.
Or you may demand that we stay out of his personal business all together ....
Update 08/04/06 6:50am: After sifting through email for the last one and a half hours, I still don't have anyone who rose to the challenge. Not counting those respondents who accused me of gay-bashing and of wrongly accusing homosexuals of being pedophiles (I didn't) and those who thought they could influence my argument by calling me foul names, I had emails from people who tried to draw a distinction by citing the fact that this incident involved non-consenting children.
My challenge was to make the argument that this guy did wrong without "injecting your morality" into the discussion. To condemn this asshole because his "victims" are non-consenting and are children (not to mention disabled) is to actually make two arguments based in morality. To proscribe sex with children and to forbid sex with non-consenting partners gets you real close to where my morality is based.