by Jack Minor
Two psychologists testified before a parliamentary session on a bill related to sexual assault on children that pedophilia is a “sexual orientation” just like homosexuality or heterosexuality.
Lifesitenews reported on the testimony at a parliamentary session in Canada regarding a bill intended to increase mandatory minimum sentences on child sex offenders for particular crimes. Dr. Vernon Quinsey and Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem were testifying on how offenders responded to treatment.
Van Gijseghem, psychologist and retired professor of the University of Montreal, said, “Pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offense from time to time but rather are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality.”
He went on to say, “True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation. He may, however, remain abstinent.”
When asked if he should be comparing pedophiles to homosexuals, Van Gijseghem replied, “If, for instance, you were living in a society where heterosexuality is proscribed or prohibited and you were told that you had to get therapy to change your sexual orientation, you would probably say that that is slightly crazy. In other words, you would not accept that at all. I use this analogy to say that, yes indeed, pedophiles do not change their sexual orientation.”
Dr. Quinsey, professor emeritus of psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, agreed with Van Gijseghem. Quinsey said pedophiles’ sexual interests prefer children and “There is no evidence that this sort of preference can be changed through treatment or through anything else.”
Van Gijseghem and Quinsey’s views are not unique. Harvard Health Publications said in July 2010 that, “Pedophilia is a sexual orientation and unlikely to change. Treatment aims to enable someone to resist acting on his sexual urges.”
Linda Harvey, of Mission America, said, “There have been blips on this in the United States for the last decade.” She went on to say, “We will see this trend accelerate as homosexual, transgender and ‘children’s rights’ intersect.”
Harvey explained that the concept of children’s rights movement is based on the idea of letting children at younger and younger ages make their own choice regarding health care and choice of lifestyle.
Milton Diamond, a University of Hawaii professor, and director of the Pacific Center for Sex and Society, stated that child pornography could be beneficial to society because, “Potential sex offenders use child pornography as a substitute for sex against children.”
Diamond is a distinguished lecturer for the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. The IASHS openly advocated for the repeal of the Revolutionary war ban on homosexuals serving in the military.
The IASHS lists, on their website, a list of “basic sexual rights” that includes “the right to engage in sexual acts or activities of any kind whatsoever, providing they do not involve nonconsensual acts, violence, constraint, coercion or fraud.” Another right is to “be free of persecution, condemnation, discrimination, or societal intervention in private sexual behavior” and “the freedom of any sexual thought, fantasy or desire.” The organization also says that no one should be “disadvantaged because of their age.”
Harvey said the problem with that is, “What is the definition of consent”? “When a person says they agree to something that implies consent and the trend is to expand that definition to children in sexual matters.” She said this is an open door for pedophiles to exploit.
“Gay rights groups are attempting to open up sexuality to children at younger ages. There are also gay community centers around the country that accept children as young as 10 or 11 without parental consent.” She mentioned a parent in Ohio who asked if her 11 year old nephew would be able to attend one of the centers. The parent asked what was the cutoff age and was told the center tried to cap the age at 22. “This is a pedophile’s dream” Harvey said.