Mike Adams

Recently, I visited the website of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). I must confess that, at first, I didn't believe that such an organization could be easily located on the Internet. But the more I read about their purpose, the more I realized that they share the principle concerns and ultimate goals of both your office and our university.

For example, NAMBLA is geared towards:

1. Building understanding and support for man/boy relationships;

2. Educating the general public on the benevolent nature of man/boy love;

3. Cooperating with lesbian, gay, feminist, and other liberation movements; and

4. Supporting the liberation of persons of all ages from sexual prejudice and oppression.

In other words, NAMBLA doesn't claim that sex with children is the only legitimate sexual orientation or alternative lifestyle. It merely helps people to be understanding and supportive of those who have sex with children and, of course, to free them from unfair prejudice and persecution at the hands of an oppressive and judgmental criminal justice system.

Furthermore, NAMBLA's membership is open to everyone sympathetic to man/boy love and personal freedom. In fact, so strong is their dedication to personal freedom that they would eliminate age-of-consent laws altogether. Grown men who are attracted to 23 year olds, 13 year olds, and even 3 year olds could enjoy full equality and personal autonomy in a society embracing the policies of their organization.

On a recent trip to the Project B-Glad portion of the university website, I was pleased to see that our university already promotes books encouraging homosexuality among children. We should expand our recommended reading list by drawing upon some of NAMBLA's recommended readings. Some of their readings also deal with ageism and prison rape. I will, therefore, encourage the Gerontology and Criminal Justice Programs to consider incorporating some of these readings into their curriculum. Perhaps an entire course on man/boy love relationships would be an appropriate elective for the Gerontology program.

While some of these goals may take time, I think that we should immediately provide a link to NAMBLA's website on the university's home page. We should also invite a member of their organization to speak at the university. And maybe we could provide faculty and staff with bumper stickers, which read, "Pedophobia is a Social Disease." Could you imagine any more effective way to assist the university in carrying out its mission of eliminating moral judgment and promoting understanding and tolerance? Neither can I.

Hopefully, my suggestions will help our students understand that there really are no moral absolutes. Except, of course, for moral relativism.

Mike S. Adams (adams_mike@hotmail.com) is an associate professor of social satire at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is frequently chastised by his colleagues for believing some things (such as having sex with children) are simply wrong regardless of one's cultural perspective. Some people who aren't Swift enough to understand satire also occasionally chastise him.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.