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Surge Summary: An International organization which is supported by the United Nations has indicated it believes adults ought to be able to have “consensual” sexual relations with children. This is of a piece with what the Sexual Revolution has been about since its inception.
by The Ruth Institute
“With the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Commission of Jurists has taken an exceedingly dangerous step toward legalizing pedophilia,” charged Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
The Geneva-based organization is now complaining that its recommendations in an earlier document were ‘seriously misrepresented,’ and that it never called for legalizing sexual relations between adults and minors.
Morse responded: “That’s a bit of fancy footwork. On the website for the ‘March 8 Principles,’ the Jurists declared: ‘Sexual conduct involving persons below the domestically prescribed age of consent may be consensual in fact, if not in law. In this context, the enforcement of criminal law should reflect the rights and capacity of persons under 18 years of age to make decisions about engaging in consensual sexual conduct and their right to be heard in matters concerning them.’” (Principle 16)
“They’re laying the philosophical framework for legalizing pedophilia. The legal ‘reforms’ will come later,” Morse explained.
“Adult/child sex has been in the background of the Sexual Revolution since the beginning,” Morse observed. “From the outset, its leading proponents, like Alfred Kinsey and Wilhelm Reich, maintained that children are sexual beings. They believed children had the right to have their own sex lives, without their parents’ knowledge or consent.”
“They seemed to be thinking of kids having sex with each other. But they were not clear about whether children could give meaningful consent to sex with adults. And they certainly never condemned it. Is it any wonder their philosophy attracted full-fledged unapologetic pedophiles?”
“That the International Commission of Jurists has the support of the United Nations, which pushes elitist ethics like abortion on demand and the legalization of homosexuality in the developing world, makes its advocacy even more dangerous,” Morse stated.
The “March 8 Principles” also advocate the complete decriminalization of abortion, (Principle 15) “sex work,” (Principle 17) and the “nondisclosure of HIV status.” (Principle 19)
The Ruth Institute calls on the International Commission of Jurists and the United Nations to reverse their position on the capacity of minors to consent to sex, in fact, if not in law.
In March, Dr. Morse spoke at Human Life International’s conference in Auckland, New Zealand, on “Understanding and Resisting the Sexualization of Children.” She also gave a talk titled, “Baked In From the Beginning: Pedophilia and the Sexual Revolution,” at the Eight Day Institute Conference last year.
The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has a Ph.D. in economics and has taught at Yale and George Mason University. She is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives, Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook Up World, and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.
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