Organizing Anarchy - The Slippery Slope of Moral Relativism
Pedophiles & Politics
S. Michael Craven
Pedophiles in The Netherlands have launched their own political party, The Charity, Freedom and Diversity (NVD) party. Their goal is to legitimize pedophilia through the political process and a sustained campaign of public persuasion. According to Reuters, “Dutch pedophiles are launching a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the legalization of child pornography and sex with animals...” Ad van den Berg, one of the party’s founders, told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper, “We want to make pedophilia the subject of discussion.”
Additionally, Ad van den Berg told Reuters that, “We want to get into parliament so we have a voice.” The party wants private possession of child pornography to be allowed although it supports the ban on the trade of such materials. It also supports allowing pornography to be broadcast on daytime television, with only “violent” pornography limited to the late evening. In addition, the party believes that toddlers should be given sex education and youths aged 16 and up should be allowed to appear in pornographic films and prostitute themselves. The NVD also argues that “sex with animals should be allowed although abuse of animals should remain illegal” and that “everybody should be allowed to go naked in public” and finally they promote “legalizing all soft and hard drugs and free train travel for all.”
Now before you dismiss this outrageous and seemingly irrelevant event; I want you to read this and consider seriously the implications of what is actually happening.
Several years ago I developed a theory which sought to identify the four stages of a society’s moral demise through the incremental acceptance of previously abhorrent behaviors. In the first stage like-minded practitioners of a chosen “lifestyle” begin to discover each other and emerge from the shadows of society. A sense of affirmation is accomplished and the group begins to garner empowerment. I call this the “Community Establishment Stage.”
Once empowered with a sense of “community” these groups begin to formally organize. I call this the “Organization Stage.” One effect of the Organization Stage is to further affirm the member’s chosen lifestyle or behavior. However, the principle purpose seems to be a precursor to the next stage - the mobilization stage. Pedophiles in The Netherlands have already accomplished this stage.
As the group grows and becomes more organized it is now able to pool its resources. It begins to arm its constituents with the most effective language and argument for their cause. This is the “Mobilization Stage.” They begin by reframing the issue outside the context of morality and into one of human rights. It is very difficult to win the moral debate in an already relativistic culture once the issue has been successfully reframed like this. You are no longer debating the behavior but instead you are forced to “accept or reject” the people. To do so makes any moral perspectives appear to be “hateful” or “intolerant” of people that are merely different, despite the fact that their only distinction is that of a chosen behavior.
Finally comes the “Legitimization Stage.” This occurs after a period of successful redefinition of the issue from a moral absolute to an individual choice or quality. A relativistic society slowly becomes reconditioned to believe the arguments put forth by the group are legitimate. The guiding principle of moral relativism is advanced and even those opposed begin to embrace the relativistic idea that they can no longer impose their morality on others. When the issue is argued from the perspective of individual choice and not moral absolutes, morality loses. The process is complete.
We have already seen these stages successfully unfold in the wake of the homosexual agenda that now stands ready to utterly obliterate the central defining institution of society: marriage. At every step along the way good citizens were in a position to oppose their incremental advance but unfortunately no significant resistance was mounted until it was almost too late. Following the acceptance of what was once morally abhorrent in Western societies polygamists, polyamorists and now pedophiles too are all at various stages in the advance of their respective agendas.
I wrote in November 2004:
The Internet has contributed greatly to
the establishment of a “Community” of pedophiles. The North American Man-Boy
Love Association (NAMBLA) demonstrates that they are well into the Organization
stage and recent events within
Recall Judith Levine’s book; Harmful
to Minors published by the
And earlier this year ,
The Netherlands is a Western society emanating from the very same philosophical and religious foundations as America; they too chose to embrace a liberal sexual ethic which first separated sex from marriage, which in turn led to the acceptance of homosexuality, which in their case led to the legalization of same-sex marriage and polygamy and now they are confronted with pedophiles seeking similar rights. Do you see the trend?
Their society accepted a form of moral anarchy where the desires of the individual are elevated above God, nature, traditional morality and sociability. Once unfettered from moral and religious truth they are like a rudderless ship, adrift, crashing into any and every rocky moral shoal. Their demise is inevitable and ours as well unless we recover the appropriate “rudder.”
Copyright S. Michael Craven 2006
S. Michael Craven is the Founding Director of the Center for Christ & Culture, a ministry of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families. The Center for Christ & Culture is dedicated to renewal within the Church and works to equip Christians with an intelligent and thoroughly Christian approach to matters of culture in order to recapture and demonstrate the relevance of Christianity to all of life. For more information on the Center for Christ & Culture, additional resources and other works by S. Michael Craven visit: www.battlefortruth.org
Michael lives in the