Reply To: Once a sex offender always a sex offender — even beyond death?

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Reinhold Schlieper

I am sure that the world has changed. Europe regards the possession of child porn as not necessarily a crime; at worst, it’s a thought crime. In fact, this kind of porn may be the lifeline that keeps people so inclined from doing any real physical harm to a living child. The world also recognizes that this “crime” has so many cultural variables involved that it’s very difficult to treat it in any absolute way as a moral wrong. For example, the philosopher Socrates was erotically interested in young boys. I have no idea why the US’s culture goes off so terribly against sexual deviancy and yet tolerates outright sexual violence as part of the character of some prominent figures.