In a step many people feel they saw coming, pedophiles have taken a stand against criticism of their perversions, telling the world they’re part of the LGBT movement. They created their own version of the rainbow flag for Pride and are now demanding people call them “Minor Attracted Persons,” or MAPs for short.
• The movement piggybacks on the contentious gay rights movement, which has drawn ire from Christians and far-right politicians alike. However, the main difference is that being gay involves consenting adults; being a pedophile involves potentially placing children at risk.
• Many in the movement have claimed that pedophiles are unfairly discriminated against based on thought alone. They believe that being a pedophile is a sexual orientation.
• The most radical people in this “movement” even go so far as to suggest children should be able to choose to be molested. They believe the only harm is when pedophiles force themselves on children. As long as the children agree, they think it’s fine – which is preposterous.
• “Just because someone is attracted to a child does not mean they are automatically going to sexually abuse them,” The Prevention Project explained. TPP is an organization dedicated to management of “risky sexual thoughts” in adult men and women.
• The TPP claims to be a prevention organization, yet they advocate for hatred for pedophiles to be ended. They believe non-offenders should be given credit for holding back, calling them NOMAPs or “Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons.”
• A lot of people, particularly in the far-right, have argued that this is exactly where gay rights take us. But it’s important to note that not even LGBT people support this movement. Many gay and lesbian activists have stepped up to speak out about it, calling it an abuse of their movement.
• MAPs spokespersons and activists, including people who are members of the North American Man-Boy Love Association or NAMBLA, say they are “misunderstood, marginalized people.” They say they deserve support, not derision.
• Pacific Justice Institute president Brad Dacus warned the public about this after the gay rights movement first began. “The language is so broad and vague, it arguably could include all forms of sexual orientation including pedophilia,” he said. “It’s not just the orientation that is protected [with LGBT rights], that conduct associated with the orientation is protected as well.”