Hmmm good question. Arch?Bruce_Campbell wrote: EDIT: If I agree with AF, does that count as another seal being broken? Or does it only count if ArchAngel does it?
Here's the thing... I've had some formal education in these matters, some of which was part of leadership training in the BSA. I can tell you that the kind of hate that you guys seem to be so proud of is still less then what these people feel for themselves. I have personally met and interacted with men convicted of these types of crimes and I came away from the experience feeling pity, not hate. These guys hate themselves and what they've done more than you ever will. Sure, there are exceptions where no conscience gets in the way but those are extreme and rare.ArchAngel wrote:We might be starting another counter, but I agree with blacksinow on this. They are monsters. You can point at psychological causes all day long, but the atrocities they commit are no less heinous. These aren't mentally handicapped people, like those who talk to people who aren't there, or spend all day rocking and muttering, or peeing on the family pet; they abuse children in some of the most worst ways and the damage echoes throughout their victims lives. I reserve a Cocytusian level of hate for people who commit these crimes.
It's a mental illness. It needs to be treated if you really want the world to be a safer place for kids. Back in the 19th Century people with prettymuch any kind of mental illness were treated as criminals regardless of what was actually wrong, and it made things worse, not better. As mental health resources and education improved, it became possible to actually help people and make things better. This is another part of that.
To be honest, I find it annoyingly self righteous when people brag about how much they hate child molesters. It comes across as more like strutting around to show how they aren't like that than actually expressing some kind of civic virtue. Frankly, I think that kind of behavior gets in the way of real, useful solutions. In short, you guys ain't helping.
I've got kids and more incentive than most to keep a wary eye out to protect my kids and I'd rather not have people making things worse, thanks.