Richard Dawkins, well known for his militant atheism, has really put his foot in it this time.
In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.”
Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair.
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Child welfare experts responded to Dawkins’ remarks with outrage — and concern over their effect on survivors of abuse.
There's more at the link.
All I can say is, as a pastor and clinical counselor, I've had a great deal of experience trying to help the victims of pedophiles. Many went on to become pedophiles themselves - a cycle that carries on down the centuries, if you go back far enough. Others have had their confidence in themselves destroyed, their ability to love and be love corroded, and their lives ruined.
I'm a strong believer in the rule of law. I've worked inside the criminal justice system to help promote the rule of law. Nevertheless, if there's any one sin or crime that cries out to Almighty God for vengeance, it's pedophilia. In the words of Jesus himself:
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
You can debate, if you wish, whether those words were meant to include pedophilia, or merely other types of offence. Personally, I have little doubt. No, scratch that - I have no doubt. If a pedophile were caught in flagrante delicto, I would have few or no moral qualms if the parents of the child concerned executed him on the spot. I think there'd be little or no sin in that; in fact, I could make a strong case for it being the justice of an outraged God.
Pedophiles can't be cured. Time after time that's been tried, and failed miserably. They can only be prevented from committing their crimes, either by incarcerating them where they can't get at children, or by executing them. Harsh? Yes, it is harsh. Having seen too many children's innocence destroyed by pedophiles, my feelings towards the latter are very harsh indeed! Right now, I'm not feeling particularly charitable towards Mr. Dawkins, either . . .