Wednesday, June 20, 2007

This misguided, Old Testament approach to paedophiles

"Mr Gamble draws a clear distinction between those who regularly access child pornography sites, compiling hundreds of pictures of children, and those who may be driven by little more than curiosity. He is right to do so. The idea that everyone who strays into this forbidden territory is invested with a specially pernicious trait that can never be eliminated is an absurd neurosis. It suggests that this is some latterday version of original sin rather than a condition that can be treated and contained. We grew out of these Old Testament doctrines some time ago. Perhaps we should do the same with paedophilia." —Magnus Linklater

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