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Crazy Pat and the Search for Porn

Everyone who thinks teenage males have to be sent porn in order to see it raise your hands! I don’t see any hands.

Porn is easy to find and no one has to send it. Individuals who want to find it can do so in seconds.

Pat Robertson doesn’t seem to comprehend that, or what a “search history” on a computer means either. But Crazy Pat isn’t the brightest bulb around — or the sanest.

An upset “Christian” (aren’t they all upset?) mother told wrote Crazy Pat that she was doing her “weekly technology check on” her son’s computer “when I noted homosexual pornographic material in his search history. This has greatly shaken my family and my connection to God. How can we stop my son’s homosexual interests?”

At least mom is slightly brighter than Crazy Pat, she realizes a search history means her son was out there actively looking fo what he found. Though she still thinks you can control someone’s sexual attractions.

Crazy Pat goes right for the gutter and assumes the only possible reason the young man would have a “search history” for gay erotica is because he’s being targeted for seduction by the Gay Recruitment Office.

“I think… how can you stop it? I think what you need to do is to cut off that particular avenue that’s coming into him, because somebody’s trying to seduce your son, and they shouldn’t be sending homosexual or any other kind of sexual material on the internet. It shouldn’t be done.

And so, but, is it out there? Yes. How do you stop it? Well, you really need to find some technological way of cutting the cord on that one, because it’s not good for him or you.

Teenage males have been finding porn for a very long time — even before computers were invented and they didn’t really need someone to send it to them — not that they wouldn’t have appreciated the effort. When it comes to erotica the typical teenage male is thinking, along with a quote attributed to Ayn Rand, “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” She didn’t say exactly that but in The Fountainhead there is this:

“Do you mean to tell me that you’re thinking seriously of building that way, when and if you are an architect?”

“Yes.”

“My dear fellow, who will let you?”

“That’s not the point. The point is, who will stop me?”

Crazy Pat automatically assumes two things—one is that a teen male has to be sent porn in order to see it and the only possible reason he could have an attraction to same-sex relationships is because someone recruits him. He thinks that just because fundamentalists berate, recruit, harass and deceive people into coming to the little cult house that everyone else acts the same way.

Conservatives seem obsessed with the idea of recruiting teens into sex. Everyone has a natural sexual interest—perhaps some more than others—but there is no need to “recruit” people. It just comes naturally. As someone once said, “I wasn’t recruited. I enlisted.” Sexual interest is a natural part of life—no matter how dirty and evil religious conservatives try to make it.

Coincidentally our Libertarians Concerned page on Facebook is currently being harassed by fascists and Nazis—I mean that literally. The people attacking the page link to neo-Nazi sites on their own Facebook pages and are big fans of the alt-Right racists. These people started attacking a family with death threats who had allowed their young son to do a drag performance.

It’s not something I find entertaining but to each their own. These Nazis and fascist lovers insist this is sex with children. How do they get there?

I remember a debate with an advocate of censorship where he insisted that unless adult publications were banned the readers would “rape and sodomize” two-year-olds. He obsessed over that.

After the debate the host of the show said to me, “I get the impression he’s terrified there’s something inside him that just might get out.” It was televised two weeks later and even though my phone number was unlisted I got about a dozen phone calls from viewers and about half of them said the same thing about my opponent—they were convinced he was terrified about something inside himself.

The more someone sees monsters in others the more I suggest you avoid them. And if you run into someone who is convinced the world is out to rape your children—don’t ask them to be a babysit for you.

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James Peron

James Peron is the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, was the founding editor of Esteem a LGBT publication in South Africa under apartheid.