The Canadian Parliament's House Justice Committee heard arguments from "expert" witnesses to the effect that pedophilia is another form of sexual orientation, just like homosexuality. The implications are that just as it is "wrong" to try to "treat" homosexuals, and just as society should not "judge" them and should treat their activities as "valid" and even "laudable", pedophiles should be treated the same. After all, we're talking about sex between consenting people, even if one of them is a "child". Who are we to denigrate these people for following the natural urges that they were born with (despite the fact that there is no evidence that sexual orientation is inborn) and can't change (despite the fact that some do)?
From the transcript:
Mr. Marc Lemay (Abitibi—Témiscamingue, BQ): I will try to focus on this subject. I have to admit that I was not expecting, on this Valentine’s Day, to be talking about this inappropriate type of love. It is not really love. It has more to do with violence and control. I am concerned, Professor Van Gijseghem—and I know you well as I have heard you testify on a number of other subjects—because you say, if I am not mistaken, that pedophilia is a sexual orientation.I would say it's more than slightly crazy. Heterosexuality is normal because that is the way our bodies are designed to perpetuate the species. In the society where it was outlawed, where would children come from? Cabbage patches? Test tubes? To coin a phrase, this idea is so dumb it would take a PhD to accept it.
Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem: That is what I said.
Mr. Marc Lemay: Should it therefore be compared to homosexuality?
Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem: Yes, or heterosexuality. If, for instance, you were living in a society where heterosexuality is proscribed or prohibited and you were told that you had to get therapy to change your sexual orientation, you would probably say that that is slightly crazy.
Of course, the context here is whether pedophiles should be prosecuted, not whether we should enshrine their actions in law. But of course if children are not to be protected form this under the law, the implications of where this is going are obvious. And yet, the psychologists involved do have a point in that acts of pedophilia and the acts of a homosexual lifestyle both involve expressing a disordered notion of sexuality.