Dogwhistle puritanism: Dawkins versus the Great Kneejerk
Someone called Scharlach has also blogged a little about the latest shitstorm surrounding scientist Richard Dawkins, and the nonsense in the media about the subject of paedophilia – often coming from people who can’t even spell the word correctly, at that. Because parents are naturally concerned for their children’s safety, conservatives and other people who should know better still thoughtlessly jump on the hysterical anti-paedophile bandwagon that claims only to be about protecting children – even when the rhetoric being used is suspiciously close to that employed by Cultural Marxists. Understandable though people’s desire to protect children may be, acting upon the desire to catch putative predators doesn’t really change the purposeful semantic distortion involved throughout much of the anti-paedophile movement, nor where its source lies.
You can’t get rid of humanity’s moral impulse. It needs an outlet. The progressive pretense of moral relativism isn’t relativism at all: it’s simply picking and choosing what to be moralistic about. Progressivism denies most sins, but that’s precisely why it damns to hell with fury the few “sins” it does recognize: racism, sexism, et cetera. And I’ve always thought that pedophilia made it onto this short list of progressivism’s damnable sins.
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My last post was about careful definition of terms and about the left’s gleeful rejection of careful definition. I think we find the same leftist stamp of sophistic word-play when it comes to pedophilia.
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Of course, puberty can hit within a range of ages, from 10 to 13, so we shouldn’t give prepubescence an age. Rather, we should give it a phenotype.
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‘Protect the children!’ is a progressive chant, not a conservative or traditional one. The Catholic priest ‘pedophilia’ scandal is the perfect example of the entire point. From what I’ve read, well over half of those incidents involved post-pubescent teens and young-ish priests. So for the left to be able to bludgeon the church, it had to distort the definition of pedophilia to mean “attraction to teens under 18.”
A Brief Word On Pedophilia / Scharlach / Link