Pedophile Party Legal in the Netherlands
Dutch Court Rejects Ban of Pedophile Party
By Emma Thomasson
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch court said on Monday a political party formed by pedophiles could not be banned as it had the same right to exist as any other party and was protected by democratic freedoms.
The Brotherly Love, Freedom and Diversity party (PNVD) was launched in May and campaigns for a cut in the age of consent from 16 to 12 and the legalisation of child pornography and sex with animals, provoking widespread outrage in the Netherlands.
"The freedom of expression, the freedom of assembly and the freedom of association ... should be seen as the foundations of the democratic rule of law and the PNVD is also entitled to these freedoms," the court said in a statement.
The PNVD says it wants to lift the taboo on pedophilia...
The Netherlands, which already has liberal policies on soft drugs, prostitution and gay marriage, has been shocked by the new party. An opinion poll showed that 82 percent want the government to do something to stop the party.
The party wants to allow possession of child pornography and supports broadcasting pornography on daytime television, with only violent pornography limited to the late evening. It also wants youths aged 16 and up to be allowed to appear in pornographic films and prostitute themselves.
Hmmm. Someone will always push the envelope and attempt to normalize socially unacceptable behavior. With legalized drugs, prostitution, and gay marriage, what's left to push there? Already pedophilia has been euphemized as intergenerational intimacy in some western nations. Give it a few years. No doubt the PNVD has seen that with enough exposure over a long enough period of time almost anything can become normal.