What is their objective? They want us to all think that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation. You know who’s gonna fall right in line is college kids, just like they have on gay marriage, just like they do on all other revolutionary social issues. Their own definition of the cutting edge, civil rights, freedom, understanding, tolerance. So I’m just warning you here. You think it can’t happen. “Impossible! Don’t be nutso and wacko on us, Rush.”
I’m just asking you to remember all of the things that occur normally in our culture now that when you first heard about them you thought, “No way! That’ll never happen; that’ll never be mainstream,” and now they are. Here is another one to add to the list. (interruption) You want more excerpts from this piece? “In 1976 the National Council for Civil Liberties, the respectable (and responsible) pressure group now known as Liberty, made a submission to parliament’s criminal law revision committee.
“It caused barely a ripple. ‘Childhood sexual experiences, willingly engaged in with an adult,’ it read, ‘result in no identifiable damage … The real need is a change in the attitude which assumes that all cases of pedophilia result in lasting damage.’” So you see it’s you who have to reorient your thinking. It’s you who have to get rid of your bigotry. It’s you that have to open up and become more tolerant. It is you judgmental people who think this is child abuse when it isn’t.
You are the ones who are going to have to change. The pedophiles and the children involved, they’re normal, just like you or anybody else. It is your old-fashioned conventions that create the problem. So another excerpt. “It is difficult today, after the public firestorm unleashed by revelations about Jimmy Savile [the presenter at BBC] and the host of child abuse allegations they have triggered, to imagine any mainstream group making anything like such a claim.
“But if it is shocking to realize how dramatically attitudes to pedophilia have changed in just three decades, it is even more surprising to discover how little agreement there is even now among those who are considered experts on the subject.” Here is the money quote: “For Goode, though, broader, societal change is needed. ‘Adult sexual attraction to children is part of the continuum of human sexuality; it’s not something we can eliminate,’ she says.
“‘If we can talk about this rationally — acknowledge that, yes, men do get sexually attracted to children, but no, they don’t have to act on it — we can maybe avoid the hysteria. We won’t label pedophiles monsters; it won’t be taboo to see and name what is happening in front of us.’” See? The only people who have to change are you who have these old-fashioned, Victorian-type attitudes. You’re gonna have to open yourselves up to love and realize that wherever it happens, it’s wonderful. No matter what.
Now, there were people — I just want to remind you — back during the early days of the effort to redefine what a family is, and in the early days of the gay marriage activists. There were people who said, “Well, if this becomes mainstream, then someday marrying your dog is gonna be okay, and then having two husbands and two wives in one family is gonna be okay, ’cause who can say it isn’t?” There were others who predicted that pedophilia would be mainstream, and there was an outcry of opposition to this.