Thursday, August 03, 2006

Apres Nous, le Deluge

The following post appeared on Thoughts of a Regular Guy:
I seem to recall Senator Rick Santorum predicting this when the sodomy case, Lawrence v. Texas was decided. He took quite a bit of flack for it, too (H/T: Drudge):

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. The role of my ministry is to get these cases out of the courtrooms."

Distasio, a self-professed pagan friar, is representing himself on 74 charges. He said he's the leader of a church called Arcadian Fields Ministries, and that some of his congregants are among the victims in his case. [Emphasis added.]

We're told by abortion advocates that 13 year-old-girls -- and younger -- can consent to an abortion. If that is granted, why should not boys of similar ages be able to consent to sodomy? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?And he's a pedophile. If we can't condemn homosexuals, who claim to be "born that way," why should we condemn pedophiles, who claim to be "born that way"? Our society is so pedophilia-phobic!
He’s right – as a (in)famous radio talk show host likes to say, “Words mean things, and ideas have consequences.” We hear lots of arguments and counter-arguments about “slippery slopes.” I think it’s a bad metaphor. We haven’t crossed onto a muddy downhill grade we could fall down, which implies risk; we have broken a dam, which implies disaster. It’s not a question of “if we’re not careful, decision A might lead to decision B.” It’s much simpler and much worse than that. We have blown the dam that used to hold back the flood of wickedness. The downstream villages are swept away sequentially, and no amount of care or nuance will protect the next town from falling victim to the flood.

God promised he would never again destroy the world by flood. He never said he’d keep us from taking a shot at it ourselves.