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Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-16-08 11:10 AM
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68. I found FarceOf Nature's post interesting, but not persuasive.
Edited on Mon Jun-16-08 11:22 AM by KCabotDullesMarxIII
The tribal culture can have relevance, of course, such as with regard to the age of a young bride in a particular society. The vilification Gerry Lee Lewis suffered from our press on a visit here, particularly since it is a profession notorious for its degeneracy, was, imo, shocking, however non-ideal marrying a post-pubertal 13 year-old can be considered. It was culturally acceptable where they came from and in many other parts of the world. Not that I think it helped his young wife being his cousin! However, I didn't find FON's reference to the tribe with the bizarre initiation ceremony at all relevant. I didn't get the impression that the tribe was given to incest or pedophilia, and suspect that whatever the reality on the ground, they would always be subject to taboos in all societies. Maybe I'm wrong, though.

Of course, I am speaking from a formal (and I suspect, informal) Christian perspective, here - sins are not neatly compartmentalised, but have repercussions in terms of temptations and/or sins, in other, often quite disparate, areas. Moreover, when indulged, the effects are cumulative, until, if unchecked, eventually the person's soul will become inured to sin all together.

I can understand FareOfNature's jurisprudential scruples concerning attributing an intention to harm children in that context, but for the above reason, I believe our intuitive feeling and common-sense, however unquantifiable, form a superior basis, indeed the only sound basis, upon which to view the action of looking at images of naked children. What penal sanctions should apply may well be another matter, particularly given that your society is now Stalinistic and totalitarian, and your prison system, a gulag-archipelago of citizen slave-holdings, surely owned by some of the most evil and sinister businesses in the world.

I've assumed all along that none of the children concerned were being subjected to any physical, sexual violation, which would take it to the level of an evil beyond any other.

My comment about the use of the term, "fat cats" in our countries, (the UK and US) was very sweeping though, as not all rich men, of course, are sharks, but the latter are invariably described in our press as "fat cats", never as "sharks".
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