Are There Enough Morally Sound Liberals Left to Keep Pedophilia Illegal?

This article by Christopher Skeet questioning whether there are enough morally sound liberals left to keep pedophilia illegal is too packed to just link to — here are a few excerpts:

By all accounts, Jeffrey Epstein was an unrepentant sex criminal who maintained (until his suicide by security camera malfunction) that he did nothing wrong. During an interview with the New York Times last year, Epstein described the criminalization of sex with teenage girls as a “cultural aberration.” He justified this by noting that such behavior has been acceptable at different times in history and by pointing out that homosexuality is still considered a crime punishable by death in some countries. His claim was that societal sexual mores are completely subjective, differing from one cultural value system to the next, and constantly modifying within each value system.

In other words: Who are you uppity bourgeois prudes to impose your suffocating morality on me? And why are you so opposed to consensual people loving each other?  What are you, some kind of bigot?

This reasoning isn’t new, nor has it been legally unsuccessful. It has been used to justify every slackening of sexual morality in recent memory.

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If we are going to beat these public school–running animals back under the rocks from whence they came, we need to recognize the depressing fact that, in today’s world, the Epstein Defense will eventually win out. It posits the assertion that if an 80-year-old man can legally have sex with an 18-year-old girl, then a 40-year-old man should be allowed to have sex with a 17-year-old girl.

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When the national debate over the normalization of pedophilia arrives (and, mark my words, it will arrive), it will be categorized under the genre of the “culture war.” But this term erroneously suggests a power equilibrium. There is no “culture war” any more than there was a war between Nazi Germany and the Principality of Monaco. This is a rout. Every morning, we wake up to realize that the enemy has advanced another 100 miles past us, and we find ourselves even more isolated and surrounded. We are getting categorically annihilated on every single front and have been for our entire lifetimes.

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