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Should pedophiles have rights and be protected and respected ?

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Started: 3/5/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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This argument was based on the following comment:
"I am straight, married with four kids, and I think all of this gay rights bans is a bunch of bs. It is our government having a power trip. I cannot imagine not being able to marry the person you are in love with and want to spend the rest of your life with because of a bunch of a**holes sitting around making up rediculous rules for our society. Who gives a crap if you are both women or both men, love is love. To my knowledge the bible says all men are created equal and should be treated as such. So to answer your question gays should have equal rights because you are a freak*n human being not a circus side show. If more non gay people would stand up for your rights instead of sitting back and watching it happen the world would be such a better place. Good luck."

So since homosexuals should be able to marry the person they love, shouldn't pedophiles be able to sleep with the person they love? And since "... the bible says all men are created equal and should be treated as such" why should pedophiles be treated differently and condemned? Why does society have a double standard? Pedophiles are doing what makes them happy right?


"Pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger. As a medical diagnosis, specific criteria for the disorder extend the cut-off point for prepubescence to age 13. A person who is diagnosed with pedophilia must be at least 16 years of age, but adolescents must be at least five years older than the prepubescent child for the attraction to be diagnosed as pedophilia."
From the good Reverend Wikipedia. That is a definition of Pedophilia, for reference in this debate.

My primary argument is:

Pedophilia should not be an encouraged or even tolerated behavior, as it is dangerous and destructive.

My reasoning is as follows:

Pedophilia is a one sided obsession.
Pedophilia centers on adult sexual desires towards prepubescent children. Prepubescent children cannot have a grasp on sexual desire, or romantic love in such a way as to reciprocate the "love" or sexual feelings.
At best, if you ignore age entirely and try to make the claim in that manner, it will be equivalent to obsession.
In no way does an individual's right to pursue their happiness override that of another in such a way as to make pursuing another whom expressly doesn't wish it to be so.

Children exposed to sexual abuse from someone suffering from pedophilia can be psychologically affected for years to come, sometimes not until years later.
Sexual abuse of any kind can leave psychological scars, which will affect the future of the victim.
Things are even worse in the case of a child victim, who still has the majority of their formative years yet ahead of them.

Finally, Pedophilia doesn't make a basis for a strong relationship. This argument is mainly for variety sake, and in reference towards the idea of Pedophilia as a sexual orientation rather than a disorder.
For obvious reasons a pedophile, who by definition must be an adult, probably will not "out grow" their 'preference'. As such when the child is no longer prepubescent well that kind of kills the whole relationship doesn't it?
That relation cannot last by definition and would not deserve state sanctioned marriage just for that reason alone.

There are many reasons just rolled into the sexual abuse and psychological trauma aspect of it, and those reasons alone should be enough. I just felt like having three points.

So in conclusion:
Pedophilia should not be an encouraged or even tolerated behavior, as it is dangerous and destructive.

Now, in response to the statements of my opponent.

Homosexuality and any rights or lack thereof that pertain to them is completely irrelevant to this discussion.

Society does not have a double standard, as homosexuality is not the same as pedophilia.

The right to pursue happiness in one individual, does not override the rights of any other.
Debate Round No. 1


Andrew_mil forfeited this round.


I don't imagine I have to say much, but pedophilia is bad, and attempting to argue gay rights as analogous to pedophile rights is not very sound.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Mathgeekjoe 1 year ago
MegaAfroMan, don't forget you have a debate about nuclear weapon, only 14 hours left to respond as of the writing of this comment.
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