As you are surfing the Internet this morning, I am in a car driving west somewhere between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. The particular column you are reading right now is the 639th I have written since I became a columnist for Townhall in September of 2003. It will also be my last.
My first column for Townhall was called “NAMBLA: Coming to a Campus Near You.” In that column, I argued that the diversity movement had gained such momentum – ironically, from not being subjected to competing ideas – that it would not be long before pedophilia was accepted and actively promoted on our nation’s campuses – all in the name of “tolerance” and “diversity.” That time has now arrived.
My most recent column included a revealing email exchange with a university administrator. Careless readers of that column considered it to be somewhat mundane and unenlightening – perhaps even petty. The more careful readers noticed that, in one of the administrator’s emails, she included a quote by James Baldwin, which said “If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.”
Of course, when Baldwin made that statement he was not a “boy.” He was a grown man suggesting that pedophilia is not a disease but, instead, that opposition to pedophilia is a disease. I disagree. That’s why I’m a follower of Jesus, rather than a follower of Baldwin or Muhammad.
Several readers who picked up on that quotation asked a rather pointed question: “Is your university so caught up in moral relativism that it has lost its capacity to condemn pedophilia?” The answer: “You don’t know the half of it.”
Regular readers of my column recall an incident last year when the Faculty Senate passed a resolution to support the First Amendment rights of a feminist who wished to place nude pictures of little girls (pre and post-pubescent) in the lobby of the university library.