10 questions from Salon’s pedophile article

Salon recently ran an autobiographical article by a self-identified (but non-practicing) pedophile. As expected, opinion is mixed on whether or not the article is an early attempt at normalizing pedophilia. Decide for yourself but while you’re at it you might as well start working out your answers to the following questions:

  1. Is the social taboo associated with pedophilia based on fear, ignorance, or hate?
  2. Does a pedophile have any chance at a normal life so long as his condition remains a social taboo?
  3. Is it possible that pedophilia is a genetic and/or congenital disposition?
  4. If pedophilia is genetic and or congenital should it be considered a disorder?
  5. If some people are genetically predisposed to pedophilia, can we insist that pedophiles repress their natural desires?
  6. Should pedophilia be labeled a “sexual identity”?
  7. Should a Christian self-identify as a “pedophile Christian”?
  8. Is pedophilia always harmful?
  9. From whom/what do you derive your answers to these questions?
  10. Depending on your answer to the previous question, should you keep an open mind about pedophilia?
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Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Associate pastor for education at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian and theological Luddite. A student of one book.

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