Pedophillia (my two cents)
pedophilia, we all know of it and none of us like talking about it, its creepy, disgusting and wrong and thats generally the opinion from society on the touchy subject.
But recently I came across a discussion on the Internet. a question that was an obvious attack on atheism, not by a respectable free thinker but a close minded person who obviously had a strong hate for atheists.
Let me give an example of the aim of the question.
As atheists we are constantly defending ourselves from ignorance and childish attempts to make us look bad.
If someone hates atheists one of the first things they will say to you to make you feel ashamed is 'Hitler was an atheist.'
first of all, he was not. He had close connections with the churches, he was into spiritualism and the occult, also he hated atheists as he associated it with communism.
It doesn't matter if he believed in God, Fairies or Batman, the point is anti atheists will go straight to him in an attempt to make us look bad for the simple reason that is
1. people do not like Hitler
2. A lame attempt to attack atheists is to say he belonged to that mindset
3. If Hitler is associated with atheism people may in turn hate atheists based on the accusation he was one because they hate Hitler.
Its the same as the schoolyard ideal that 'if you associate with the weird kid then you in turn must be weird'
(getting off topic there)
The point is a question asked by an obvious religious nut aimed at atheists was 'Atheists, you try and defend homosexuals by saying its not a choice so therefore you must be defenders of pedophiles as they don't have a choice either.'
As you can imagine this person went on to say how homosexuality is an abomination and is clearly linked to pedophilia and blah blah blah.
Everyone hates pedophiles right? So lets see if we can catch the atheist out with this controversial topic
Would you as an atheist know how to answer that question? maybe. Perhaps you never thought about it before.
Well here is my answer (technically it wasn't a question, more like an accusation)
As we evolved socially from our banana loving pals we understood basic morality and empathy.
we dislike having our stuff stolen, others therefore must hate it as well (this is a basic example)
hence we know it is wrong to steal.
that is understood by societys but sadly not to individuals.
Therefore we know it is wrong in a natural sense for a people to rape and molest children as society establishes it as wrong
know look at homosexuality,
say i find the thought of a homosexual act as disgusting
but i also find the act of eating tomatoes disgusting. Do I bash and discriminate all tomato eaters? probably not. So why should homosexuality be any different. naturally it shouldn't, but as we all know religion is unnatural in evolution, although religion comes from natural thought process, religion itself is unnatural in evolution.
most religions hate homosexuals and that unnatural opinion is passed down through the years.
so take the unnatural out of the system and by morality alone we can deduce that pedophilia is wrong and homosexuality is not
(homosexuality between two consenting adults of course)
So i established in theory (very basically) why homosexuality is not immoral (do i even have to mention the list of animals in nature known for performing homosexual acts?) whilst pedophilia is immoral.
(Now here comes the controversy)
Simply put i believe that pedophilia, just like homosexuality is not a choice.
We don't choose what we find attractive
we don't choose to like blonds over brunettes
we don't choose to prefer the girl/guy on the left while our friend prefers the one on the right
we don't choose our fetishes
does that mean i feel sympathy for pedophiles? of course not.
I believe that murderers, rapists, and of course pedophiles deserve death and nothing less.
When a Dog catches rabies we don't assume that it chose to catch rabies. Does that mean we should let it run about and infect/kill others? NO, you have it put down for sake of society. Just because the poor Dog didn't want to get rabies means it should live.
If your not a fan of capital punishment thats fine, but i hope you still understand my point.
I love dogs.
I am not a supporter of ethnic cleansing.
capital punishment and criminal cleansing on the other hand then yes I am.
Sorry for the long read. please please tell me what you think.
Born again Atheist. My biggest fear (after insects) is that the atheist community will always remain small and quiet.