Pederasty is wrong because a child doesn't have the mental faculties to give consent to sex. It's a huge fucking difference between that and something that takes place between consenting adults. I happen to find it disgusting as well, but that is irrelevant. What is relevant is the harm done to children. I thought you were better than bringing that into the mix.Just as logically consistent opposition to bestiality necessitates vegetarianism (and arguably veganism), so should opposition to pederasty necessitate opposition to underage sex, even among two willing young people. If a teenage youth does not have the mental faculties to consent to sex, then it's difficult to argue that two young teenagers--neither of whom putatively have said necessarily mental faculties--should be permitted to confirm their lust.
What if the two stripling lovers are especially precocious? What if the adult in an adult-child relationship is emotionally stunted? There should presumably be lots of exceptions. There are 12 year-olds who have more mental maturity and emotional stability than people twice their age do.
I'm stating neither a political nor a moral position on homosexuality, bestiality, or pederasty here. To reiterate, the point of this post and previous ones in a similar vein is to show how many moral positions are 'merely' personal preferences rooted in personality differences. They are no more correct or incorrect than extroversion or introversion are.
I am directing the thrust of these posts at the contemporary left, though, since it is they who often insinuate moral superiority in the positions they hold, the corollary often being that those who disagree with them are parochial, bigoted, evil, etc.
Indeed, the idea of relative morality is more generally associated with the progressive left than it is with conservatives or traditionalists. Rightly so, as the Establishment left's greater personal emphasis on abortion rights than on opposition to pedophilia demonstrates. Jack Cashill has done a ton of reporting on as much. And I'm not just talking about circling the wagons to protect their own a la Roman Polanski.
The current head of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, was propelled forward into national politics largely on the financial backing of the abortion industry within my home state of Kansas. Her office resisted former Kansas AG Phil Kline at every turn as he exposed two abortion clinics in the state for refusing to report multiple instances of active pedophilia the resulted in pregnancies and the subsequent terminations of those pregnancies. The story got a bit of national play on Fox News and other mainstream right outlets, but the Cathedral's national media organs ignored it almost entirely while local leftist media viciously savaged Kline and his supporters, who were eventually defeated when Kline was replaced and subsequent state AGs chose not to continue the prosecutorial pushing Kline had started and let the issue die.