Sunday, May 18, 2008

Addressing the issue of Pedophilia, AGAIN.

I get maneuvered regularly into telling the truth. Then what I say is both routinely and immediately distorted. This is not an uncommon practice among people, but it is wrong. Let's examine something a "friend" of mine, "Mary Contrary" said in a forum. She's not unique in this accusation but it's one of the more recent assertions along these lines.

"Which...interestingly...reminds me of Prakk (that's me folks). It took him forever to come right out and say he'd marry and bed an 11 year old girl, didn't it?"

I will offer this article as the beginning of my refutation. First I recommend that all pedophiles and those with "porn" problems not go to the link as it depicts a fully nude 5 year old in a grainy black and white photograph. She is nude in profile in a picture taken by her doctor to document her condition, and her technical "sexual maturity." Having said that, From Wikipedia.

"Lina Medina (born September 27, 1933) is the youngest confirmed mother in medical history, giving birth at the age of 5 years, 7 months and 21 days.
Born in Peru, Lina was brought to a hospital by her parents at the age of 5 years because of increasing abdominal size. She was originally thought to have had a tumor, but her doctors determined she was in her seventh month of pregnancy. Dr. Gerardo Lozada took her to Lima, Peru, prior to the surgery to have other specialists confirm that Lina was in fact pregnant. A month and a half later, on May 14, 1939, she gave birth to a boy by a caesarean section necessitated by her small pelvis. The surgery was performed by Dr. Lozada and Dr. Busalleu, with Dr. Colretta providing anaesthesia. Her case was reported in detail by Dr. Edmundo Escomel to La Presse Medicale, along with the additional details that her menarche had occurred at 8 months of age (or 2 1/2 according to a different article), and that she had had prominent breast development by the age of 4. By age 5 her figure displayed pelvic widening and advanced bone maturation."

Quite simply, though 11 is an unusual age for full sexual maturity, it's almost twice the age at which some girls begin to become sexually mature. The next case is more recent, but not isolated. From the Daily Mail.

"A girl is to become Britain's youngest mother after becoming pregnant at 11.

The girl smokes 20 cigarettes a day despite being eight months' pregnant. She conceived aged 11 when she lost her virginity to a boy of 15 on a drunken night out with friends.

The 15-year-old has since been charged with rape by police, and is due to appear again at Edinburgh sheriff court on July 10.

Her 34-year-old mother, who gave birth to her youngest child eight months ago, said she was 'proud' of her daughter.

She will be 12 years and 8 months when she has the child next month. Jenny Teague, Britain's youngest mother until now, was a month older when she gave birth in 1997."

Well alrighty then. Here we have a context for what I am about to say. We know that in Bible times some children were betrothed very early in their lives. It was an entirely moral practice. Biblically though, betrothal was marriage in all ways except one. The bride and groom were not expected to become sex partners right away. There was a wedding feast later where the bride and groom were given to one another. Many years may have passed between the betrothal (which required divorce to end) and the wedding feast, the demarcation point for the beginning of sexual relations. Passages in Corinthians and Song of Songs (Solomon) indicate that physical signs of sexual maturity determined when the wedding feast should occur. This of course was left up to the judgment of the betrothing parties. Parents.

I advocate for parental permission for all marriage to take place, I think this is also Biblical. This then is the context of my remarks on the earliest age for possible marriage. The Bible has no set age standard for onset of sexual relations. It speaks of betrothal which we know often took place very early. We know from example that meant marriage, but did not mean immediate sex. Sex came after the wedding feast and depended on sexual maturity and parental permission. Scripturally we must also admit that sexual relations should only take place in the context of a husband/wife relationship though in special circumstances sex would immediately create that relationship.

I am a simple advocate of the idea then that the Bible supports the notion that parents decide. I also believe that as a mechanism for preserving a child's health both mental and physical, a Biblically knowledgeable set of parents would do better than the state, or a law. That's the long and short of it right there. I think there would be fewer instances of what the law calls pedophilia if we were all Bible Reading and Bible Believing Christians, than there are cases of pedophilia now. I would think this even if all such laws were immediately canceled. To phrase that another way for clarity, if the law prevents sex with young girls and there were no such law, the incidence of such activity would be less under my system anyway.

Now, would I marry an 11 year old and bed her? I can envision the following set of circumstances. An extremely precocious 11 year old. By this I mean well developed mentally and spiritually. Me being available for marriage. At this point I don't think I'm a good choice for anyone to marry so I'm out of the market. Parental permission. The father of the 11 year old would have to give permission. I would imagine that would mean I had been betrothed to her earlier in fact. Upon the advent of her 11th birthday, it would in fact be POSSIBLE for her to be ready. I can thus string together a set of circumstances in which I can see the possible path opening up. It's certainly legal somewhere on the planet for me to do this as well.

I neither desire this, nor do I anticipate it nor do I seek it. It's simply possible. Similar possible things are, there will be a manned flight to Mars in my lifetime and I'll be on it. That by the way, I would actually WANT to do. It is also possible for me to go out and buy a $1.00 lotto ticket and become insanely wealthy by the next drawing. It's debatable as to whether the lotto ticket and the manned mission to Mars including me are more likely than the 11 year old bride.

Next, there is the existing legal context. Laws are changing as we speak so I'll just say this. If a thing be genuinely illegal then I, as a Christian am obligated to follow the law. If the law sets age limits for marriage then I am to follow them. There is no need whatsoever for anyone to ever marry at all, not at 11, 14, or 33. Since that is the case there is no wrong in following a law that would restrict entirely moral but optional activities, such as marrying at 11.

Right now though you may be surprised to learn that it is possible for an older man to legally marry much younger girls, such as all those who are alleged to have been pregnant at the YFZ ranch in Texas. Texas is in fact marrying 14 year olds right now under their existing law. This means that the worst thing a man might do in taking a 14 year old bride is to drive without a license plate on his car. Texas does nothing to bar male genitalia from invading 13 year old vaginas. Sorry, but it simply does not. What it bars is parking mine in such a venue without the benefit of legal marriage. Hence the association of Polygamy and Pedophilia. Since what they do is entirely legal after a certain age, namely sex and cohabitation, the only thing we've done is protect a 13 year old from a POLYGNOUS marriage to an older man, she is hardly protected from monogamous marriage to an older man or fornicating 14 year old boys.

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