How come you do not hate homosexuals?
I have been asked this by quite a few people. The question generally goes like this: “If you were raped by a priest, then how can you stand up for the gays and lesbians?” or “If you were raped by a priest, then how come you do not hate homosexuals?”
Well it is a pretty easy and simple answer.
Most of the priests who raped the children of the roman catholic church are not homosexual, they are pedophiles. There is a huge difference, trust me. There is the term pedophilia, which also falls under two categories.
PEDOPHILIA: As a medical diagnosis, pedophilia, or paedophilia, is defined as a psychiatric disorder in adults or late adolescents (persons age 16 or older) typically characterized by a primary or exclusive sexual interest in prepubescent children (generally age 13 years or younger, though onset of puberty may vary). The prepubescent child must be at least five years younger than the adolescent before the attraction can be diagnosed as pedophilia.
HEMOPHILIA: refers to the sexual preference for individuals in the early years of puberty (generally ages 11–14, though onset of puberty may vary). Girls typically begin the process of puberty at age 10 or 11; boys at age 11 or 12. Hebephilia differs from ephebophilia, which refers to the sexual preference for individuals in later adolescence,and from pedophilia, which refers to the sexual preference for prepubescent children.While individuals with a sexual preference for adults (i.e., teleiophiles) may have some sexual interest in pubescent-aged individuals,the term hebephilia is reserved for those who prefer pubescent-aged individuals over adults. The term was introduced by Glueck (1955),who later credited it, without citation, to Paul Benedict.
EPHEBOPHILIA: is the sexual preference of adults for mid-to-late adolescents, generally ages 15 to 19. The term was originally used in the late 19th to mid 20th century, and has been more recently revisited by Ray Blanchard.It is one of a number of sexual preferences across age groups subsumed under the technical term “chronophilia“. Ephebophilia strictly denotes the preference for mid-to-late adolescent sexual partners, not the mere presence of some level of sexual attraction. In sexual ethics, it may be defined as a sexual preference for girls generally 14–16 years old, and boys generally 14–19 years old. Some authors define ephebophilia as a sexual preference for pubescent and adolescent boys.
As you can see from reading the above definitions, these priests who raped us children of the Roman Catholic Church would truly fit these definitions. From all of my research so far, 87% of all victims of priest sexual assault were under the age of 16 with many of them being between the ages of 12-16. This makes these rapist priests ephebophilles and hemophilles, not homosexuals.
Now this is the definition for a homosexual:
HOMOSEXUALITY: is romantic or sexual attraction or behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality refers to “an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate, or romantic attractions” primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex; “it also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them.
From the definition above, you cannot compare a homosexual to a pedophile, nor can you term these priests who raped children homosexuals. Homosexuals are normally consenting adults, or teens. They do not rape their partners. Homosexuals, at least from the ones I know and all of my studies, hate pedophiles. They do not believe that sex between an adult and a child is right and is against the law.
While you can say that most of the rapes were between priests and boys, thus equating these actions to homosexuality, they are not true homosexuals. Homosexuals are not rapist of children, pedophiles are. They are pedophiles as they prey on children and rape them. They do not prey on adults, nor seek to have consenting homosexual relations with adults, nor even children. This is what differentiates the homosexual from the pedophile.
It is also illegal to be a pedophile while homosexuality is not illegal. The reason for pedophilia to be illegal is it is considered rape for an adult to have sexual relations with a child. Almost every civilized nation I know has laws against pedophilia. Almost every civilized nation I know has laws against child pornography. I do not know too many other civilized nations that have made homosexuality a crime, except in Muslim countries and hard core christian right groups who want to make homosexuality a crime.
There is no reason for me to hate homosexuals because of what this pedophile, ephebophiliac priest was, for in my mind and in all of my research on this, the priests who raped children are not homosexual, but pedophiles.
Hating homosexuals for the actions of pedophiles, or blaming homosexuals for the actions of pedophiles is wrong on so many levels. I have many friends and relatives who are homosexual and I find nothing wrong with their choice of sexual preference. Matter of fact, I am all for same sex marriages. What two consenting adults do is their business. It is not the courts business, it is not the legislatures business, it is not my business and it is definitely none of the religious rights business. We are a country supposedly founded on the principle of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, and while what is your idea of life, liberty and happiness is yours, you have no right to step on another persons rights to their idea of life, liberty and happiness. If you do not like the idea of homosexuals marrying, the maybe you ought to think of it this way. What if it were the other way around and you were told YOU could NOT love, live, or marry the person you are in love with?
The biggest hate towards homosexuals are the Christian Right. It is time the Christian Right get their heads out of their asses. They scream how they should be allowed to practice their “religion” and that these rights were granted to them under the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Well these same rights are granted to all citizens of the United States, including homosexuals. The Christian Right needs to realize and learn this. If the Christian Right screams for their rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, then why are they doing all they can to deny these same rights to others?
I do not hate homosexuals for the priest raping me. I hate bigots who scream how evil homosexuality is, while defending pedophilia and pedophiles. Or blaming homosexuals for the actions of pedophiles.
These priests who raped us children of the Roman Catholic Church are NOT homosexuals, they are pedophiles. Sick and twisted individuals, who under the cover of their religious institution, preyed on young children to satisfy their sexual needs. They are pedophile priests. They are not homosexual priests.
I have no reason to hate homosexuals. I have every reason to hate pedophiles.
Posted on April 9, 2012, in Bill Donohue, Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Catholic League, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Manchester Diocese, Manchester Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, Manchester NH Diocese, Pope Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Ratzinger, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, Vatican, William A Donohue and tagged Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Cardinal Law, Cardinal Ratzinger, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, child abuse, child molestation, child rape, child rapists, child sex, child sex abuse, child sexual abuse, children, crimes against children, Frank J LaFerriere, Frank Laferriere, pedophile, pedophile priests, pedophille, pedophilles, pedopile priests, pope, pope benedict, pope benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, priest pedophile, priest pedophilles, rape priest pedophiles, roman catholic church, roman catholic church sex scandal, roman catholic clergy, roman catholics, sexual assault of a child, sexual battery of a child, St Thomas More, St Thomas More Durham NH, St Thomas More Parish. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.