Out of the MAP Closet

The Pedophiles and their Apologists Are on the Move

Picture the scene:

A packed studio audience watches a high-profile celebrity named Steve emerge from the dressing room with his boy lover to rapturous applause.

It’s the culmination of years of Machiavellian-like spin doctoring, which began many years before with a TEDx talk, in which the speaker called for more understanding about people who are sexually attracted to children. Preferring to call them Minor Attracted Persons (MAPs), the speaker declared that these feelings were a fundamental part of their identity and that their proclivity was just another expression of love – and love is love, right? 

A string of articles and social media posts soon followed, authored by prominent, tenured academics openly questioning why our society considers adult-child love to be so wrong. The social conditioning continued in the form of a Hollywood movie, showcasing the plight of a socially isolated MAP and his secret love affair with a prepubescent female. Instead of feeling disgusted with the story, the reviews expressed sympathy for the key characters.

Powerful MAPs then begin to lobby politicians and influential journalists, who created a national conversation on the subject. The Greeks and the Romans, they said, accepted such behavior, and even one of the greatest and virtuous of the soldier emperors, Trajan, actively engaged in “boy love.” They cited other examples from Indian, Chinese, and European cultures to bolster their cause.

The MAP community grew ever more emboldened, choosing new shades of color to represent MAPs on their own rainbow flag. Their time to come out had finally arrived as legislation was drafted to protect their rights under the Equality Act. Now, on this first-ever MAP Awareness Day, the most high-profile couple – Steve and his boy lover – are being interviewed on prime-time national TV.

What you’ve just read is fiction, of course, but only just so. For one thing, there was an actual TEDx talk delivered by a medical student, Mirjam Heine, who attempted to seek a more compassionate understanding of a real MAP, identified as ‘Jonas.’ The video was eventually pulled from YouTube following an avalanche of public outrage. Heine wanted her audience to have sympathy for Jonas, whom she described as having no control over his attractions and feeling isolated from a society that stigmatizes adult-child sex.

In this capacity, Heine threw the sympathy card into the mix; a tactic already used successfully by the LGBT lobby to begin the normalization of homosexual relationships. More recently, we’ve seen Netflix get away with Cuties, which glamorized the sexualization of young girls. And some have now selected their own colors for a MAP rainbow flag.

Now that the LGBTQ+ lifestyle has been broadly accepted by the complicit masses, the next phase in this downward spiral is underway. A recent article published in USA Today attempted to highlight the complexity of the pedophile mind, describing pedophilia as “an attraction, not an action.” According to clinical psychologist James Cantor, we should view pedophilia as a neurological condition wired-in from birth.

“Not all people who sexually abuse children are pedophiles,” USA Today Wellness Reporter Alia E. Dastagir writes, “and not all child abusers are pedophiles.” It is notable that she refers to pedophilia as a condition that people “have,” rather than an action that people “do.” Michael Seto, forensic director of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, says, “I think as a field, we’ve accepted the idea that this is not something that people choose.”

Because Evolution

Most recently, Stephen Kershnar, a professor of libertarian philosophy at SUNY Freedonia in New York, went on social media defending pedophilia and MAPs.

Imagine that an adult male wants to have sex with a 12-year-old. Imagine that she’s a willing participant. A very standard, very widely held view is that there is something deeply wrong about this and [that] it’s wrong independent of it being criminalized.

Kershnar then very nonchalantly dropped a bomb:

It's not obvious to me that it’s in fact wrong. I think this is a mistake. And not just for a willing 12-year-old but also, he continued, the notion that it’s wrong even with a one-year-old is not quite obvious to me. … I don’t think it’s blanket wrong at any age.

Kershnar went on to offer evolutionary support for his position. He cited studies on Bonobo Chimps and compared them to male college-age students who admitted to having sexual thoughts about prepubescent females. These statements are a common tactic used by those promoting deviant sex; believing themselves to be highly evolved animals, they appeal to “science” to justify their sexual behavior.

 Signs of a Morally Depraved Society

But the facts remain that children are not capable of giving true consent, for they neither understand the nature of sexual intercourse or its consequences. Thus, Kershnar’s view of children as being “willing participants” is entirely without basis. For Christians, all sexual relations outside of heterosexual marriage are a form of fornication, with adult-child sex being the gravest of abusive evils. What’s more, even if you as a Christian take an evolutionary view of creation, as creatures uniquely made in the image of God, humans shouldn’t behave as animals, however highly evolved. Jesus viewed children as precious to God and warned us in the Gospels not to cause them to stumble, lest their perpetrators be severely judged.

Christian apologist Mark Fairley identified moral sexual decay in the late phases of both Hellenistic and Roman societies with the collapse of their civilizations. As for our own civilization, according to Dr Jennifer Morse, of the Ruth Institute, “the global ruling class sees nothing wrong with pedophilia.” On the contrary, with their thinking rooted deeply in cultural Marxism, they portray parents as potential abusers, and wish to bequeath full sexual “rights” to children. Morse argues convincingly that this is the next great immoral progressive movement designed to destroy the traditional family.

As vigilant Christians, we have an obligation to oppose this wicked movement on every front to ensure that all of the events described in the opening dystopian scene do not become a reality. We owe it to our children to do so.


is that author of eight books on amateur and professional astronomy. His latest book is Choosing & Using Binoculars, a Guide for Stargazers, Birders and Outdoor Enthusiasts (Springer Publishing, 2023).

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