North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) "tempest in a teapot"? Hardly!

My two reply comments on the WaPo are being republished here because I have been very heavily censored of late over the issue of homosexuality:

The Washington Post took down my original comment, replaced it with a truncated version, then emailed me a bad link to confirm my registration. Now, I see no login even in this commenting section; so I will see whether they will allow me to respond at length, as they did Steven B. Williams.

First of all, Steven, you called Peter's [Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality] post erroneous where your notion of "support" is beyond suspect in my opinion. You stretch subjectivity to the extreme. Getting on a stage or wherever in front of a group of proselytizing pedophiles/pederasts and not denouncing the entire thrust of the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is in itself definitely supportive of that cause/practice.

Had Frank Kameny been exactly against pedophilia and/or pederasty, he had ample opportunity to denounce the practice after Peter published his piece on the matter. Did he do that or avoid it?

You said, "he probably did share a stage with those who were part of the NAMBLA group." It is my reading of Peter's article that he was a speaker at NAMBLA and not merely coincidentally on the same stage, as your wording appears to me to try to get others to conclude. I have not fact-checked Peter on his article, but I should think the WaPo would have included the controversy in its own article and in a neutral and balanced, professional journalistic manner with an eye at getting at the whole truth.

As for your statement that "NAMBLA was predominantly an organization that focused on pederasty not pedophilia," what does "predominantly" have to do with it when you know they accept and affirm pedophiles? On what do you base the statement anyway that they were predominantly focused on pederasty? How can you be sure of that? If they were trying to gain more acceptance in general, how do you know they didn't avoid putting pedophilia up front to avoid the greater wrath of parents, etc.? Also, what's okay with pederasty? How young does a child have to be before it becomes pedophilia? There are precocious children as young as 9 who would qualify under the term pederasty. I don't see much point in making the distinction. Perhaps you are one of those who feels there should be no age-of-consent restrictions at all and that statutory rape should be a quaint relic.

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Finally, the Southern Poverty Law Center is contributing to the goal of censoring what otherwise should be considered free political speech. You want the NAMBLA men to be able to say how they feel. Do you also support people being able to openly disagree with those men as to whether or not pedophilia should be allowed? When is NAMBLA going to become a "protected" group under a broad interpretation of the "sexual orientation" classification or some other newly minted term for that purpose? When will it become illegal to stand against anything for which the Southern Poverty Law Center advocates? When will freedom of speech die? It is dying. I see it all the time where the playing field is being deliberately slanted and the standards being unequally applied and all for ideological reasons operating under the guise of science, etc.

I do not automatically put stock in the Southern Poverty Law Center's opinions. If they can show me where Peter has been shown real errors in his own reporting and not printed corrections, then I would be willing to take that up with Peter directly. I've read a number of his articles and not detected any playing fast and loose with the facts myself; however, I have not acted as an investigative reporter when reading his posts. Even the article in question though says that people could take Frank Kameny's speaking engagement as other than support, but Peter doesn't (and neither do I – and that's my right, or should be, in a non-fascistic society).

What are the "outright distortions" Peter "spreads regarding LGBTs and their rights"? Are these "distortions" just your subjective opinion or the Southern Poverty Law Center's or both?

Also see:
Frank Kameny Responds to AFTAH Report that He Spoke at NAMBLA Event in 1981
and
Asteroid between Mars, Jupiter named for pedophilia supporter Frank Kameny - The Washington Post
and
ThinkProgress: Unjustified, Inappropriate Censorship on Homosexuality

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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