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Immoral relativity

Crusaders against paedophilia seem able to turn their outrage on and off

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

Who wrote this, comparing paedophilia favourably with parental love?

How different then is that gentle, tentative sexuality between parent and child from the love of a paedophile and his/her lover?

Some serial abuser in a Catholic school? Gerald Ridsdale? George Pell? Wrong, wrong, wrong.

As we now know, thanks to an intervention in federal parliament a week ago, the author of this ardent tribute to the beauty of ‘intergenerational love’ is one Gary Dowsett, a professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He wrote those words, and many more, in an article on ‘gay men and kids’ in a 1982 edition of a publication called Gay Information. Dowsett is a former schoolteacher now employed in La Trobe’s department of Sex, Health and Society, the nest of thinkers who gave us the Safe Schools Coalition, that gay, lesbian and transgender recruitment programme masquerading in the sheep’s clothing of an anti-bullying campaign, which has had to be reined in by the federal government.

Dowsett went on to say that: love, warmth, support and nurture is an important part of the paedophilic relationship. What a pity someone couldn’t have dug up such a quote and pinned it on Cardinal Pell. The media would have had a field day. Which brings us to our big question. Why are we not hearing anything on l’affaire Dowsett from all the outraged moral arbiters who savaged Pell and others for supposedly covering up ‘paedophilic relationships’? What do those who would have crucified Pell, though he never tried to defend or justify paedophilia and actually was a pioneer in seeking to curb it, have to say about a former teacher now working with young people in a university who openly defends it, or did 34 years ago and hasn’t disowned what he wrote then?

Why is pudding-faced Tim Minchin not writing a song about Dowsett and calling him ‘scum’? And above all, why is the Star Chamber presided over by the Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM not interesting itself in the matter? I know it’s a Royal Commission into ‘institutional responses’ to child abuse, but Dowsett has long been employed in institutions. How have they responded to his opinions?

Further, does a man who could write with such authority about paedophilia know of any cases of paedophiles ‘loving’ children which ought to be drawn to the attention of the police? What about the chum he wrote about?

[a] friend, a paedophile, who is working very hard on making sense out of his relations with boys. These relations consist of, among other things, a large amount of nurture and support for these boys, a real caring for their welfare and growth.

Why aren’t police and media besieging the friend, or at least finding out whether he is still around and still busy caring for boys’ ‘welfare and growth’? Can’t Gail Furness SC find a way to haul Dowsett into the witness box and interrogate him for days on end on that and on what else the friend has been up to?

Surely the lynch mob can do better than this. Could it be that all that righteous outrage stoked up for months on end about young lives wrecked by paedophile priests has worn them out? I doubt it. If some new revelation to the discredit of the Roman Catholic Church suddenly emerged they would come to life like a watered flower. In fact, some such revelation probably will be made sooner or later and the media vigilantes will be galvanised back into action. Just watch.

A pity that Dowsett is not a Catholic priest: that would wake them out of their torpor. Instead, he is only a priest of the New Sexuality, but that’s enough to protect him. He’s on the right side. We don’t know how much if any direct input he’s had into Safe Schools – his association with which is what got his paean to intergenerational romance quoted in parliament – but lack of hard facts is no deterrent to a witch hunt when the quarry is someone or something that the Left and the media Left in particular disapprove of.

And that could never be said about Professor Dowsett. He’s one of the good guys. He’s had millions of dollars in public funds for his ‘work’ exploring the world of non-heterosexual sexuality. LGBTI advocates like him are media pin-ups. Besides, Safe Schools has the full stamp of right-on approval and anyone who hovers in its orbit must ipso facto be enlightened and on the side of Life.

By the way, lest anyone think that Safe Schools is just the latest whim of an LGBTI establishment wanting to push its entitlements to the limit in a society which has lost its hitherto defining moral principles, Dowsett’s Gay Information article shows that initiatives of this sort are part a carefully thought out strategy, planned over the decades. Long before many of today’s advocates of gay ‘marriage’ and such novelties were born, the future professor was stating that:

…a new political position is needed for there are significant political struggles at stake. First, we have three legal/social questions to win: custody rights for gay men and lesbians; the legal right of paedophiles and their young lovers; and finally the sexual rights of children as a whole…

As with manifestos such as Mein Kampf, what ‘we’ intended to do could not have been spelled out more clearly for anyone who could be bothered to read it. This, of course, was back in the days when the ABC in its hippie mode was endorsing paedophilia as a ‘lifestyle choice’ and the fashionable LGBTI demand, the gay marriage of the day, was for the age of consent to be lowered to eleven. But once the child sex-abuse dam burst and the accusations became a flood, toilers in the vineyard of ‘sexual rights’ of the Professor Dowsett type went rather quiet on paedophilia, perhaps to avoid any collateral damage.

As for the object of Professor Dowsett’s third ‘struggle’, ‘the sexual rights of children as a whole’, perhaps that’s a campaign still waiting to be launched when LGBTI headquarters feels the time is ripe. When and if it is, it can be sure to enjoy the full support of the ABC and the rest of the Leftist establishment who were so vocal against Pell but who, confronted with an unapologetic defence of paedophilia, suddenly find that silence is golden.

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