Renaming Pedophilia Does Not Make It Less Of A Crime

Renaming Pedophilia Does Not Make It Less Of A Crime

Trying to incorporate pedophiles into LGBT? COME AT ME.

As a traditional and conservative Christian, Tumblr is really no place for me.

However, as in all things, there are a few of us on there anyway, carving out a small corner of sanity in an otherwise terrible and divisive place. Believe me when I say it is much more than just aesthetic photos and quotes; it's far more often a place saturated in liberal and politically correct thought policing.

Nine out of ten times, I just scroll past the ridiculous (and hateful) things that I see in favor of landscape photos and pictures of flowers and coffee. But last week, something caught my attention that would rock my world.

One of the blogs I follow had shared something discussing MAPs. "MAPs?" I thought, "what are MAPs? Is this a geography debate?" I continued reading, only to be further confused. A minute later though, I finally figured out what MAP stands for-- Minor-Attracted Person(s). I wish I was kidding.

You guessed it--the psychos on the majority of Tumblr renamed pedophilia something nicer, to try and make it seem okay. They also penned the term NOMAPs to mean "non-offending minor-attracted person." Let us be clear here: this is absolute bullshit.

There is no such thing as "non-offending." Unless you are actively and constantly seeking treatment and working to not be a complete monster, you cannot claim to be a decent human being, much less non-offending.

I don't care what kind of nonsense you try to create to convince people otherwise or to "comfort" those who "suffer" with this, it is wrong. It doesn't matter if you classify it as a mental illness, it does not matter if it truly is a mental illness, it is wrong.

Many people fail to realize that just because something is a mental illness does not give you a free license to behave however you feel inclined to just because you are sick. Being a psychopath does not absolve serial killers of the wrongness of killing people. Being depressed does not absolve you of being careless of others' feelings. Being a pedophile does not make it okay to view children of sexual objects or engage in child pornography.

Most importantly, changing the name to minor-attracted person does not make it less wrong. That's like renaming murder "induced death." Even more so, in renaming it and trying to comfort and normalize these crimes, you are giving some of these pedophiles the nerve and the "courage" to act on their illness. You are part of the problem.

So if we could just, you know, stop renaming crimes to make them appear socially acceptable, that would be great.

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Islam Is Not A Religion Of Peace, But Neither Is Christianity

Let's have in honest converation about the relgious doctrine of Islam


Islam is not a religion of peace.

Christianity is also not a religion of peace.

But, most people in both religions are generally peaceful.

More specifically, bringing up the doctrine of Christianity is a terrible rebuttal to justify the doctrine of Islam.

That is like saying, "Fascism is not a good political ideology. Well, Communism isn't any good either. So, Fascism is not that bad after all."

One evil does not justify another evil. Christianity's sins do not justify Islam's.

The reason why this article is focused on Islam and not Christianity is the modern prevalence of religious violence in the Islamic world. Christianity is not without its evil but there is far less international terrorist attacks and mass killing perpetrated by Christians today than by those of Islam.

First, let's define "religious killings," which is much more specific than a practicer of a religion committing a murder.

A religious killings are directly correlated with the doctrines of the faith. That is different a human acting on some type of natural impulse killing someone.

For example, an Islamic father honor killing his daughter who was raped is a religious killing. But an Islamic man who catches his wife cheating and kills her on the spot is a murder, not a religious killing. The second man may be Islamic but the doctrine of Islam cannot be rationally held at fault for that killing. Many men with many different religions or experience would make the same heinous mistake of taking a life.

Second, criticizing a doctrine or a religion is not a criticism of everyone that practices the religion.

It is not even a criticism of everyone who make mistake while inspired by the religions. Human are willing to do heinous things when governed by a bad cause. Not every World War 2 Nazis was a homicidal maniac but human nature tells them to act this way in order to survive in their environment. It is hard to fault a person from traits that comes from evolutionary biology and natural selection.

However, commenting on a philosophy, ideology or a religion is not off limits. Every doctrine that inspires human action should be open for review. The religion may be part of a person's identity and it holds a special place in its heart but that does not mean it should be immune to criticism.

Finally, before going into a deconstruction of the myth that Islam is a religion of peace, there needs to be a note about the silencing of talking about Islam.

There is a notion in Western Society that if a person criticizes Islam, then that person hates all Muslims and the person suffers from Islamophobia. That is not the case, a person to criticize religion without becoming Donald Trump. In Western Society criticizing fundamental Christians is never seen as an attack on all Christians because there is a lot of bad ideas in the Bible that Christians act on. Therefore, criticizing Islam should have the same benefit of the doubt because the Quran has many bad ideas in it.

The Quran advocates for war on unbelievers a multitude of times. No these verses are not a misreading or bad interpretation the text. Here are two explicit verses from the Quran that directly tell Followers to engage in violence:

Quran 2: 191-193:

"And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah (disbelief or unrest) is worse than killing... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah) and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists and wrong-doers)"

Quran 2: 216:

"Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."

There is no rational way to interrupt these passages in a peaceful way. The whole premise of both passages is to inspire followers that war against the unbeliever is justified.

The first verse advocates for genocide against non-believers for the mere transgression that a society worships a different god or worships another god along with Allah.

The second passage is arguable more dangerous because the first passage just advocate that fighting may be a necessity, while the second passage encourages it. The second passage claims that war on the unbeliever is a good thing under the eyes of Allah.

The reason why these passages are dangerous is because they directly incite religious violence. For most followers of Allah, these passages are ignored or they convince themselves the passages means something they do not. However, for a large numbers of followers that view the text of the Quran as the unedited words of Allah, these texts become extremely dangerous. These passages become all the rational they need to wage war on non-believers.

This is dangerous because there are millions of followers of Islam worldwide that believe every statement in the Quran is true.

Therefore, the Quran becomes a direct motivation and cause for its followers to attack non-followers. Rationally one can understand where the Islam follower comes from, if a person truly believes that Allah or God himself wrote these words then why would you not comply.

Especially when there is verses in the Quran that says the Follower who does not fight the infidel is not as worthy of a Follower that does wage war against the non-believer (Quran 4:95). Finally, when male Followers are told that their martyrdom fighting for the faith will be rewarded with an eternity in paradise with 72 virgins for personal pleasure. If a Follower truly believes all of this is the spoken word of Allah then there is more rational why a person would commit these atrocities then why they would not.

Men and women are radicalized by these passages on a daily basis.

No, it is not just the poor kid in Iraq that lost his family to an American bombing run that indiscriminately kills civilians but also the middle classed Saudi Arabian child or some Western white kid that finds the Quran appealing. If radicalization were just poor people, then society would not have much to be worried about. However, Heads of States, college educated people and wealthy Islamic Followers are all being radicalized and the common dominator is the doctrine of Islam.

Osama Bin Laden, one of the most infamous terrorist in history, was not a poor lad that was screwed by the United States military industrial complex. Bin Laden was the son of a billionaire, that received an education through college from great schools. There is no other just cause for Bin Laden to orchestrate such grievous attacks on humanity besides religious inspirations. A person can rationally tie Islam Followers gravitation towards terrorism to a specific verse. Quran 3: 51 tells readers,

"Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers."

Any rational person can tie Islamic passages like this directly to terrorism. It is not a complicated correlation to like Nazism and Jewish persecution to Christianity. The Holy Book of Islam directly encourages the Followers of Islam to inflict terrorism unto the non-believer.

So why do some many people deny these obvious truths about Islam and violence?

Political Correctness and the want to not be viewed as a bigot. The correlations here are as direct as the terrors of the Spanish Inquisitions and Catholicism and no one is afraid to retrospect and say, "Yes Christianity caused the direct murder of thousands of people". A person would not even be controversial if one stated that both World Wars has significant religious undertones. However if anyone states that terrorism and violence has a direct link with Islam then there is an outcry.

Even President Obama refused to use the terms Islam and Muslim when publicly talking about the War on Terrorism. I am a hypocrite also because I used the term Islamic Follower instead of Muslim in an attempt to sound more political correct.

That is a problem when society refuse to use terms that are correct in an attempt to not offend anyone. Imagine if scientist could not report their findings because the underlying politics. Society needs to be able to have open dialogue about this problem or else it will never heal. Society needs to throw away the worrisome about being politically correct and focus on identifying the problems and solving them.

The world of Islam needs to open themselves up to this criticism.

There can no longer be a closing of dialogue where the West cannot speak on the doctrines of Islam because they are not partakers (That applies to all organized religion too, especially the Catholic Church). People who draw Muhammed must no longer be threatened with attacks on their life.

When Islamic women and men speak up about the sins of Islam, they must stop being silenced. If humanity is going to take steps into the future with better technology and more dangerous weaponry, then we need to solve this problem with Islam and gradually to organized religion at all.

If not it will doom us way before we get there…

Thank you for reading and if you enjoyed this article follow my podcast on Twitter @MccrayMassMedia for more likewise discussions.

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No, Cursing The President Won't Save The World

We can be pissed at the universe and hate our neighbors, or we can sugar-coat reality and preach positivity. Neither one, however, will make a difference, but balancing the two just might.

Since their creations, societies all around the world have imposed major implications on the individuals that live within their realms. Whether it be social norms, written laws, or even civil expectations, the general consensus of a certain country or area has continuously shaped how any single person lives his or her life. In recent times, society has been known to cause more harm than good, or so we believe. Sebastian Junger, an American award-winning author, writes that "modern [proper] society-- despite its nearly miraculous advances in medicine, sciences, and technology-- is affiliated with some of the highest rates of depression, schizophrenia, poor health, anxiety, and chronic loneliness in human history" (Junger, 2017, p. 19).

This abstract was part of analyzation of modern culture that I constructed for a collegiate course this past spring. I wove in examples from literary works and even a few details from my personal life to complete this study; the final product earned me an A, and it was pretty damn cool if I do say so myself.

The aforementioned paper stuck with me, not because of the A or because of the hard work behind it. It wasn't the research, the conclusions or the response to my work that resonated so deeply, either; instead, it was the veracity, the versatility, and the very truth of the words I created out of a jumbled mess of thoughts that spun around in my mind. It was the fact that no matter the angle I tried to take to my proclamation, it was still true.

Today, we know more people affected by domestic violence than ever before.

Today, we know more people diagnosed with cancer than any century previously.

Today, we know more about racial inequality than all prior decades combined.

Today, we know more details and facts and constraints about environmental destruction than any scientist could ever dream of 100 years ago.

Today, we know more people combatting the very mental illnesses that Junger mentioned than we could have ever dreamed of 50 years ago.

But, most importantly, today, we have more tools than EVER before to combat the issues previously mentioned. We have resources provided by the state to help battered families. We have the miracle that is modern medicine. We have unions, organizations and laws-- real, actual, written rules-- to protect these citizens of the United States. We have solar panels, wind energy and the ability to recycle. We have therapists, medicines and the tedious ease of a stigma that plagued society for so long.

So then why, WHY, do we still have so much bad in the world? Why are there still horrific problems? Why has modern society progressed so much yet seemingly regressed as well?

Why isn't there an answer to these questions? And why, instead of an answer, do we have two extremes that both claim to be right and still no solution?

Be pissed at the President. Curse the universe. Mock whatever greater power you believe in. Blame it on the government, the monopolies or on North Korea. Say it's the result of WWII or say it's because Tupac went into hiding. You can be angry and you can find any scapegoat you want. You can fight with your neighbor in the supermarket or cuss a friend out on Twitter. You can focus on all the negatives to the point where it consumes your every fiber. Anger has fueled many fires- and it can ignite this one, too.

Or, let go of the rage. Be kind. Share some love. Spread a little peace. Donate, volunteer or run as an elected official. Get a degree and buy a one-way plane ticket. Battle the opioid crisis and knit blankets for kids in the foster system. Hell, bake a cake and tattoo a peace sign on your left eyeball if you want. Believe in miracles and the goodness of human nature. Make your life full of pixie dust. You can focus only on the positives, and hope everyone else will follow your steps. Fight the battle without raging a war.

We have the tools it takes to help. We can make some of the suffering stop. But we can't do it if we're too damn mad that we can only lash out or if we're too damn bubbly that our message isn't taken seriously.

Compromise. Understand. Listen. Be angry, but show compassion. Lead with love but back with braun. We're humans and we can't get anything exactly right, but we can do what we can to help who we can. It's in our nature to be entirely different from one and other, and accepting this might just be the greatest thing one can do.

Recognize this. Work with one and other. Find the balance. And that might just fix whatever problem that needs to be tackled.

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