Gay Irish presidential frontrunner’s campaign hurt by support for ‘classical pedophilia’
DUBLIN, June 3, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Homosexual Irish Senator David Norris, a front-running candidate in the upcoming presidential campaign, has complained in the homosexualist press that he is the victim of a “smear campaign” after past comments in which he expressed support for pederasty were dug up and republished by Irish media.
In an interview with Magill magazine in 2002, Norris was quoted as saying that while he had not the “slightest interest in children, or in people who are considerably younger than me,” he did not outright condemn the idea of an older man “introducing” a “younger man” into “adult life.”
“I think there is complete and utter hysteria about this subject, and there is also confusion between ... paedophilia and pederasty,” he said.
“I cannot understand how anybody could find children of either sex in the slightest bit attractive sexually ... but in terms of classic paedophilia, as practised by the Greeks, for example, where it is an older man introducing a younger man to adult life, there can be something said for it. Now, again, this is not something that appeals to me.
“Although, when I was younger, I would have greatly relished the prospect of an older, attractive, mature man taking me under his wing, lovingly introducing me to sexual realities, treating me with affection, teaching me about life.”
Norris has complained that the comments have been taken out of context and has said they had been part of an “academic discussion about classical Greece and sexual activity in a historical context.”
In an interview with Ireland’s RTE radio, he added, “People should judge me on my record and actions as a public servant, over the last 35 years and on the causes and campaigns, for which I have fought, and not on an academic conversation with a journalist over dinner.”
Norris has campaigned largely on his sexual identity politics, saying that if elected he looked forward to being the world’s first elected homosexual head of state.
The author of the Magill interview, restaurant critic Helen Lucy Burke, has commented that during the interview she had “found some of [Norris’] views on sexual matters deeply disturbing - notably on sex with minors.”
Burke said that Norris had objected to any assertion that a child could be incapable of giving consent. “The right of unfettered sexual activity guided by the principle of mutual consent would be Norris’s perception of the way things should be,” she said, “with a bar only on intimidation, bullying or bribery.
“He did not appear to endorse any minimum age or endure any protest that a child was not capable of informed consent.”
She quoted Norris saying, “The law in this sphere should take in to account consent rather than age.”
Helen Burke continued, “When I asked about incest, he hesitated, and concluded that in the case of girls a case could be made for a ban, as possible resulting pregnancy might be genetically undesirable.”
Senator Norris’s political track record reveals a dedication to the full roster of left-liberal, progressivist causes, particularly the homosexualist political agenda as well as the use of human embryos in research. In 2009, while promoting destructive embryo research, he commented on the assertion that a human embryo is a person, saying, “Nobody takes an embryo to the zoo or the cinema or the church. Let’s be real about this.”
In January, polls put him at the head of the race for the presidency, but the Guardian’s Henry McDonald has said that the republication of the Magill interview has seriously hurt Norris’ chances.
Some liberal progressives and homosexualists in general seem conflicted on the subject of pedophilia, with some clamoring - to the point of forming a short-lived political party in the Netherlands dedicated to the issue - to lower or even entirely abolish the age of legal consent for homosexual activity.
In the buildup last year to the visit to Britain by Pope Benedict XVI, the country’s secularist/leftist establishment pulled out all the stops in attacking the Church, with Dr. Richard Dawkins leading the pack by demanding the pope’s arrest for what he said was Benedict’s complicity in the abuse of minors by clergy.
But Dr. Dawkins had himself written in his 2006 book “The God Delusion,” defending homosexual abusers of school boys as “harmless.” “Others have noted that we live in a time of hysteria about paedophilia, a mob psychology that calls to mind the Salem witch-hunts of 1692,” he wrote.
Another major voice of opposition to the papal visit last September, the UK’s leading homosexualist activist Peter Tatchell, attacked Benedict in a Channel 4 documentary accusing him of, among other things, covering up the crimes of pedophile priests. Two weeks after the program aired, however, Tatchell was in the news again, demanding that the age of consent for homosexual behavior be lowered to 14.