Mirjam Heine, a German medical student at the University of Würzburg in Germany, made some deeply disturbing assertions last week in her TEDxTalk, “Why perception of pedophilia has to change.”
She claimed that, according to current research, “pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation just like, for example, heterosexuality. No one chooses to be a pedophile, no one can cease being one.”
In an effort to discover the “research” she was referring to, I located an article about a clinical psychologist who insists a decade of research has led him to conclude pedophilia is a deep-rooted, unchangeable predisposition from birth.
Dr. James Cantor’s determination is based on specific consistencies in physical characteristics among pedophiles, including shorter stature, lower IQ, left-handedness or ambidextrousness. He also has attributed attraction to prepubescent boys or girls to differences in the make-up of the brain.
Cantor says the “cross-wiring” in the brain causes one to replace nurturing and protective reactions with sexual desires. Though he has influenced some researchers, others disagree on whether the brain differences in pedophiles occurred before birth or in early development. We already know that pornography and drug addictions actually cause changes in the brain.
The article states that the recidivism rate of child sexual abusers is extremely low, yet pedophiles cannot be “cured.” According to Cantor, and the young female student in the TEDx video, acceptance of pedophiles’ “orientation” by society will free them to understand they are forever bound by an attraction they will never be able to act out. Is your head spinning?
Since when has “acceptance” of any sin led a society to refrain from committing that sin?
We knew this day was coming. Didn’t we?
"When a society has come to believe that misplaced desires are engrained into the human psyche – soul, mind, and spirit – as immutable attributes of our existence, we’ve invited human depravity with open arms. And here it is, a society that not only tolerates sin but embraces an all-inclusive, anything-goes way of life."