No, homosexuals are not all pedophiles and in fact, there’s nothing necessitating that they’re even more likely to be. Some irrational people might argue that all homosexuals are pedophiles. However, it’s utterly impossible to prove so it’s well worth labeling them as irrational in that case. And there’s no rationale behind listening to irrational people so let’s ignore them.
But what about them Christians?
On the other hand, Christians often argue that in granting that there’s nothing wrong with homosexuality, one must, on the same basis, also grant that there’s nothing wrong with pedophilia, both being sexual preferences. That’s what this article is about. And to be very clear, I’m one such Christian arguing against both wrongs.
If homosexuality is okay, then pedophilia is okay
Yes, I’m taking that stance. And I’ll argue that it’s dead obvious but people are so commonly angered by the truth of it that they’ll use ridicule to try and discredit it. So what we see as a counter-argument more often than not, is ridicule; a form of ad hominem. It should be clear, that’s not in any sense, a rational argument. And we’ll remember now, there’s no rationale behind listening to irrational people.
A real counter-argument
As a curious fact, a legitimate counter-argument doesn’t exist. What people will argue regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual preference amounts to something like so:
- P1: If discrimination on the basis of sexual preference is not okay, then discrimination on the basis of sexual preference is not okay.
- P2: Discrimination on the basis of sexual preference is not okay.
- C: Thus, discrimination on the basis of sexual preference is not okay.
It’s obvious, isn’t it? It’s just repetition, a tautology.
The reason the argument is stated that way is because it involves sexual preferences. If a person sexually prefers young children, then that is merely a sexual preference, the same as a male sexually preferring other males.
Let’s ensure our opponent accepts that given the assumption that homosexuality is okay, it’s perfectly okay for a person to have different preferences as well, such as sexual preferences for children. Let’s be sure they agree on that to help the situation along. They’re not arguing that pedophiles are wrong for having those desires (heaven forbid they be such bigots), but that it’s wrong for them to practice their preference.
So a pedophile is okay to have sexual preferences for children, but they’re not okay to practice that preference.
Now, where is the argument for that?
Children are too young to decide for themselves about sexuality.
Okay, so there it is, apparently. But what exactly is the argument? Is it this?
- P1: If children cannot care for themselves, then they cannot decide for themselves about sexual acts.
- P2: Children cannot care for themselves.
- C: Thus, children cannot decide for themselves about sexual acts.
Let’s first handle that conclusion with care. Let’s just say we accept it. Children can’t decide for themselves about sexual acts, so apparently, adults must decide for them. Okay, so the father who wants to have sexual relations with his own children, assuming relations that wouldn’t do them any physical harm, can decide for them. Correct?
No, you pervert!
Oh, there’s that rationale again being tossed out the window. Let’s just ignore the irrational once more while we tackle the point, remembering of course, we’re Christians who argue all sexual preferences that the Bible says are wrong, are wrong.
So our opponent says no, the pedophile father can’t decide for his children. Says who? Who is this entity deciding on their behalf? And why, after homosexuals have been granted freedoms surrounding their preference are people now playing the bigot against the pedophile?
It would seem the bigots get to decide, the bigots who champion homosexuality but disallow others their sexual preferences.
Children cannot care for themselves!
Another point to address, some children can and do care for themselves. We see it in movies sometimes, depicting real-life situations where children cared for themselves. Some even care for and save the lives of adults. Rare, but it does happen, proving the statement doesn’t hold.
If children cannot care for themselves, then they cannot decide for themselves about sexual acts.
Yet another point to address, what necessitates this is true? Sexuality can be totally safe for children, for one thing. There are sexual acts that would not hurt them in any way. So because they maybe can’t care for themselves, that restricts them from sexual acts?
How does that follow?
The real conclusion
What we’re seeing is the fact that there is no legitimate argument against pedophilia when one accepts homosexuality is okay. Again, we’re not even arguing that homosexuality leads to pedophilia or even that allowing homosexuality necessarily leads to pedophilia. Our opponents may try and distract our attention by trying to attack those stances. But we should stay focused on this simpler matter.
There is no counter argument in this case. And we’ve not even yet considered the fact that there’s no way for our opponents to prove that it’s wrong to harm children. Morality isn’t something that fits their worldview.
The real bigots
Where the charge of bigotry is being railed against Christians for opposing homosexuality, it’s really our opponents who now contend against pedophilia while defending homosexuality that are the bigots.