“Boy with Hands on His Shoulders” by Rian Lemaire Smulders c/o Saatchi Art
The El Paso School District has begun the termination of Amber Parker, an English teacher at Franklin High School, for instructing her students to refer to pedophiles as MAPs or “minor-attracted persons” in a viral video which her supporters maintain was taken out of context . Parker is purported to have said, “So don’t judge people just because they want to have sex with a 5 y.o.”
Dr. Allyn Walker, a professor at Virginia’s Old Dominion University, resigned after having stressed at a panel the importance of pedophiles being treated with “dignity” .
These are not isolated incidents. There are pedophile advocacy organizations worldwide .
The acronym MAP is apparently preferred by pedophiles over the label “child molester”. It represents an attempt to normalize pedophilia, and is increasingly being adopted as politically correct, particularly in the LGBT context.
Seeking to remove any negative connotation from the term pederast, there are even pedophiles now characterizing themselves as virtuous . Such individuals view their twisted desires as mere symptoms of a fallen world — somewhere along the spectrum of normal human sexuality (neither aberrant, nor evil).
Despite believing they were “born this way”, so called “virtuous pedophiles” declare their intentions not to engage in sex with children. How long those good intentions may last (and how they relate to the child pornography which supports the pedophile fantasy life) is anyone’s guess.
Though the terminology may be changing, the tragic reality is not. By whatever name, pedophilia is not a natural sexual orientation. Child molestation is not a step in the direction of a child’s sexual liberation. Whatever form it takes, child abuse destroys lives: the lives of predators, and the lives of victims.
That these truths must be pointed out is a measure of the depravity of our times. Modern society is ever more accepting of behavior the Bible recognizes as sinful .
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matt. 16: 8 NIV).
 The Christian Post, “Texas teacher faces termination after telling students to call pedophiles ‘MAPs’” by Ryan Foley, 9/8/22, https://www.christianpost.com/news/texas-teacher-fired-for-asking-students-to-call-pedophiles-maps.html.
 13 News Now, “ODU professor stepping down after controversial comments on pedophilia”. 11/24/21, https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/education/odu-professor-stepping-down-controversial-comments/291-565cdcdb-6df5-47aa-a0c7-4a4c60627628.
 Wikipedia, “List of pedophile advocacy organizations”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pedophile_advocacy_organizations.
 Times and Seasons, “Experiences of Latter-day Saint ‘Virtuous Pedophiles'” by Stephen C, 7/3/22, https://www.timesandseasons.org/index.php/2022/07/experiences-of-latter-day-saint-virtuous-pedophiles/.
 Got Questions, “What is the cause of the recent plague of child molestation incidents?”, 1/4/22, https://www.gotquestions.org/child-molestation.html.
 I should add that all human beings are to be treated with dignity as made in the image of God. We take pains to ensure that the legal rights of murderers are protected. We do not, however, approve (let alone applaud) their actions.
The Mormon Church’s sex abuse “helpline” refers callers to church attorneys, effectively burying complaints rather than reporting them to lay authorities, as required by law.
See, https://apnews.com/article/Mormon-church-sexual-abuse-investigation-e0e39cf9aa4fbe0d8c1442033b894660 and https://onlysky.media/hemant-mehta/the-mormon-churchs-help-line-keeps-sex-abuse-victims-in-danger/.
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