When I saw the footage, I didn’t know how to react. Scream at the top of my lungs? Break down and weep? Or call the police?
I’m talking about a short video clip featuring drag queens engaging in despicable behavior with little children. (Let the viewer be forewarned.) The clip begins with a little girl touching one of the drag queens inappropriately, seemingly at the performer’s direction. I kid you not.
The Chattanooga, Tennessee, bar that hosted the event, however, assured concerned citizens the drag queen was a biological female. Well, that’s a relief.
For many years now, conservative activists have warned that the normalizing of deviant sexual behavior would one day lead to the normalizing of pedophilia, a charge vehemently rejected by far-left activists. Now, in front of our eyes, it seems to be happening.
The question is, will we let it happen on our watch?
To be clear, no one is talking about normalizing the raping of children. And not only are most gays not pedophiles, they are as sickened as anyone by predators who victimize children. Yet, for years a small subset within the gay community has openly sought to destigmatize pedophilic attraction.
Is this not the very slippery slope of which we have warned?
As for pederasty in homosexual history, Jim Kepner, formerly curator of the International Gay and Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, noted:
“if we reject the boylovers in our midst today we’d better stop waving the banner of the Ancient Greeks, of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman, Horatio Alger, and Shakespeare. We’d better stop claiming them as part of our heritage unless we are broadening our concept of what it means to be gay today.”
Kepner also said:
“Many of the men who picked me up so lovingly, would today be stigmatized as pedophiles. They were all kind and respectful and were very important to me. I’ve seen that same considered manner in most pedophiles I’ve known, though I don’t share their love for children. … Most, not all, men I’ve known who were as boys befriended by boy-lovers were grateful to them.”
This is hardly a secret.
As proudly announced by the notorious NAMBLA website (NAMBLA stands for the North American Man Boy Love Association):
“From famous couples such as Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, to cultural institutions such as that of ancient Greek pederasty, to cultural concepts such as China’s ‘passion of the cut sleeve’, to iconic figures such as Francis Bacon or Walt Whitman. From the earliest known homoerotic couple, Smenkhkare and Akhenaten, to medieval Andelusian troubadors, to 20th century figures such as Allen Ginsburg [sic] and Arthur C. Clark, man/boy love spans every dimension of history, both Western and non-Western.”
And it is little wonder that one of the demands of the 1972 Gay Rights Platform, formulated in Chicago, Illinois, was:
“Repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual consent.”
I know this is repulsive to read. I can assure you that it is repulsive to write. (I’m sure it’s repulsive to most gay men as well.) But there is no denying that this has been a major part of homosexual history through the centuries.
That’s also why prominent psychiatrists like the late Dr. Richard Green, who advocated for the removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the authoritative work in psychiatry) in the 1970s also advocated for the removal of pedophilia from the DSM. (See Green’s article in the Archives of Sexual Behavior 31 .)
“If paedophiles are no longer forced to live underground and to be secretive about their relationships, but instead their desires are recognized as legitimate, and they are guided towards a responsible expression of their desires, we might prevent some cases of genuine sexual abuse.”
I discovered writings like this, which can be quoted at length (and ad nauseam) when doing research for my 2011 book A Queer Thing Happened to America. Talk about a dark, ugly subject. But it is a subject we cannot ignore.
Back then, the term I found most commonly used to describe these attractions (and to destigmatize them) was “intergenerational intimacy.” It sounds so innocent.
More recently, the term “minor attracted people” has been suggested.
Anything but calling it for what it is.
Now we are witnesses to an epidemic of drag queens reading to toddlers in libraries, with the enthusiastic support of the American Library Association, along with overt sexual acts being committed in other drag queen settings.
So, I ask once again: we will let this happen on our watch?
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries and is the author of 40 books. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
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