[MA-SOC] A bit off topic: Confirmed, the King of Pop helped produce music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Jeanne Kelly jm.kelly at mac.com
Thu Dec 3 22:23:29 EST 2009


thank you Jill.
you said what I would like to have said but didn't have the words.




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On Dec 3, 2009, at 10:14 PM, Jill Sophia <viaparva at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi there Michael,
>
> You are certainly entitled to your opinion, as I am entitled to my  
> opinion
> that your opinion on this subject is somewhat misguided.
>
> Statutory rape laws have certainly been misused by the legal  
> system.  But
> drastically lowering the age of consent is not the answer.  It leaves
> pedophiles carte-blanche for sexually exploiting children whose  
> "consent"
> may simply be the fact that they are either afraid to protest or  
> have no
> knowledge of their right to protect their own bodies.
>
> How do I know this?
>
> Because as a young child, I myself was molested by an older boy at  
> summer
> day camp.
>
> Because I know two women who were repeatedly raped by their fathers  
> as young
> children, and I know how many years of post-traumatic agony and  
> intensive
> therapy these women went through in order to regain their self-esteem.
>
> Because a man who was a friend of our family -- a politically  
> conservative,
> strait-laced, middle-class Jewish guy with a Ph.D. in chemistry and  
> a very
> nice wife -- was arrested for sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy.   
> (The
> emotionally stunted genius said there was nothing wrong with what he  
> did
> because "the boy initiated it.")  This very proper individual also  
> turned
> out to be a regular on pedophile chat lines where -- among other  
> things --
> men discussed how they could best initiate sex with their  
> kindergarten-age
> sons.
>
> As for blaming the Christian church for starting it all -- sorry,  
> but you're
> several centuries too late.  Long before pedophile clergy started to  
> molest
> altar boys, Greek, Roman, and Persian nobility were grooming little- 
> boy
> concubines (some of whom they castrated) for their version of "fun and
> games" in the royal bedchamber.  And yes, many Catholic priests did  
> molest
> children in our era.  So did Protestant ministers.  So did Hindu  
> gurus.  So
> did rabbis -- sometime, take a look at the "Failed Messiah" website  
> to read
> about the cover-up in the close-knit Orthodox communities of New  
> York, where
> parents who reported the molestation of their sons by ultra-Orthodox  
> rebbes
> were threatened with shunning by the community because they had the  
> courage
> to tell the non-Jewish "outsider" police about this sexual abuse.
>
> Now, let's talk about Buddhist clergy.  Do you think that none of  
> the above
> has ever gone on in Buddhist monasteries?  Wrong again.  One of the  
> great
> scandals in organized Buddhism, for many centuries, was the use of  
> neophyte
> boy-monks as "substitute females" by the older monastics.
>
> Those who know me, know that I am a Jew by birth and ethnicity, a  
> Catholic
> by faith, and a student and admirer of Buddhism.  All of the abuses  
> I have
> described are dreadful, and its perpetrators deserve to be  
> prosecuted to the
> fullest extent of the law.  But you cannot tar all clergy with the  
> same
> brush just because many of their fellow clergy happen to be corrupt or
> perverted.
>
> And then there is the very real problem of human trafficking -- read  
> the
> facts, which you will find online on many legitimate sites.  Read  
> about how
> little boys and girls are purchased from desperately poor Third World
> families to become the sex toys of wealthy First World men and  
> women.  When
> you read this, you may change your mind about what you just posted.
>
> As for the King of Pop -- certainly one of the most talented  
> performers of
> our era, whose songs and videos I happen to love -- I am sadly  
> inclined to
> believe that the man was indeed a pedophile, perhaps because he  
> himself was
> sexually abused as a child.  But we will never know the truth now.   
> What we
> do know is that he regularly invited the children of his fans to  
> sleep with
> him, alone, in his bed.  Did they just "cuddle"?  Was MJ so lonely,  
> so much
> of an emotional child himself, that he just needed reassurance?   
> Perhaps.
> My heart goes out to him, and I know he contributed generously to  
> numerous
> children's charities.  But his personal life was a tragic train  
> wreck, and I
> for one would not have felt comfortable allowing a young child to  
> share MJ's
> bed without supervision.
>
> Now I expect many of you to pillory me for expressing these opinions.
> That's OK.  But I feel so strongly about the issue of child abuse --
> particularly sexual abuse -- that this is one thread on which I just
> couldn't remain silent.
>
> With respect (despite our difference of opinion),
> Jill
>
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