(H/T Duane Lester at AllAmericanBlogger)
Sometimes people say something so stupid that it makes your head hurt. That is exactly what happened in the Canadian Parliament when two “psychiatrists” , Dr. Vernon Quinsey and Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem were called upon to testify before the body concerning a bill designed to toughen the penalties and mandatory sentences for sexual predators that attack children.
From Life Site News:
“Pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offence from time to time but rather are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality,” emphasized Van Gijseghem.
“True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation.” He added, however: “He may however remain abstinent.”
So, let’s not put these “poor” unfortunate people away. It’s not their fault. It is simply a sexual orientation.
What a crock!
But that’s not all. When asked by a Member of Parliament if the Dr. was saying that Pedophilia was a sexual orientation like homosexuality, the doctor responded:
“Yes, or heterosexuality,” responded Van Gijseghem. “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. In other words, you would not accept that at all. I use this analogy to say that, yes indeed, pedophiles do not change their sexual orientation.”
During his witness, Quinsey, professor emeritus of psychology at Queen’s University, said that pedophiles’ “sexual interests” “prefer prepubescent children.” “There is no evidence,” he said, “that this sort of preference can be changed through treatment or through anything else.”
There is a big difference. Children must be protected from predators. No matter the “reason” a predator seeks it’s prey, that cannot be accepted by any society.
While the article is not really clear on the impetus behind the testimony of these doctors, one must assume that they were attempting to argue against tougher sentences and mandatory jail time because these individuals are made that way.
What they really did, at least for me, was made the case that Pedophilia is an incurable defect with no hope of a cure. In which case the only way to protect society from these monsters is to lock them away forever.
For the sake of the children!