[lit-ideas] How's this for a conversation starter?

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 14:33:58 EDT

_Click  here: Pedophiles to launch political party - Yahoo! News_ 
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch pedophiles are launching a political party to  
push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the  
legalization of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread  

The Charity, Freedom and Diversity (NVD) party said on its Web site it would  
be officially registered Wednesday, proclaiming: "We are going to shake _The 
Hague_ (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=The+Hague)  awake!" 
The party said it wanted to cut the legal age for sexual relations to 12 and  
eventually scrap the limit altogether. 
"A ban just makes children curious," Ad van den Berg, one of the party's  
founders, told the Algemeen Dagblad (AD) newspaper. 
"We want to make pedophilia the subject of discussion," he said, adding the  
subject had been a taboo since the 1996 Marc Dutroux child abuse scandal in  
neighboring Belgium. 
"We want to get into parliament so we have a voice. Other politicians only  
talk about us in a negative sense, as if we were criminals," Van den Berg told  
The Netherlands, which already has liberal policies on soft drugs,  
prostitution and gay marriage, was shocked by the plan. 
An opinion poll published Tuesday showed that 82 percent wanted the  
government to do something to stop the new party, while 67 percent said  
pedophilia should be illegal. 
"They make out as if they want more rights for children. But their position  
that children should be allowed sexual contact from age 12 is of course just 
in  their own interest," anti-pedophile campaigner Ireen van Engelen told the 
AD  daily. 
Right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders said he had asked the government to  
investigate whether a party with such "sick ideas" could really be established, 
news agency reported. 
Kees van deer Staaij, a member of the Christian SGP party, also demanded  
action: "Pedophilia and child pornography should be taboo in every  
constitutional state. Breaking that will just create more victims and more  
serious ones." 
The party wants private possession of child pornography to be allowed  
although it supports the ban on the trade of such materials. It also supports  
allowing pornography to be broadcast on daytime television, with only violent  
pornography limited to the late evening. 
Toddlers should be given sex education and youths aged 16 and up should be  
allowed to appear in pornographic films and prostitute themselves. Sex with  
animals should be allowed although abuse of animals should remain illegal, the  
NVD said. 
The party also said everybody should be allowed to go naked in public and  
promotes legalizing all soft and hard drugs and free train travel for all. 

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