Born This Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with ChildrenThe article itself starts off with a bit too graphic of an account by one of these unfortunate ones--no, not the victim, but the poor misunderstood child molester. Unsurprisingly, academics in Canada are working hard to make us sympathize with pedophiles, and the "born this way" and "can't really change" themes appear. Of course, there is no discussion of whether this is a learned behavior, which much of the existing literature on child abuse recognizes.
Van Gjiseghem says what he and his colleagues mean by sexual orientation is a person's inborn and unalterable sexual preference, irrespective of whether that preference is harmful to others or not. Currently, there is no significant longitudinal evidence that pedophiles can be made to not be attracted to children, and thus it can be defined as their orientation. And if pedophilia is a sexual orientation, that also means it's futile to send pedophiles to prison in an effort to alter their attractions. Doing so is akin to sending a homosexual child off to a religious-based institution that claims it can "pray the gay away."A society built around greed, lust, and selfishness, has no future.