Friday, March 01, 2013
I agree with Michael Taube's column. Tom Flanagan is not evil. He made a mistake and apologized for it. Child porn is abhorent and children used in this crime are true victims. One doesn't walk away from friends in trouble! This doesn’t mean Flanagan condones anything past this. As he wrote in an email to me yesterday, “Sexual abuse of children and using children to make pornography are crimes and should be punished as such.” I hope we can all agree on that. Regardless, let’s call a spade a spade. Who in God’s name would want to possess child pornography? Sure, you can’t say with confidence that everyone who has these images has evil thoughts. But only the most sick, twisted and demented of individuals would want to own photos or drawings that sexualize children. As the father of a four-year-old boy, it also disgusts me beyond comprehension that some people want to classify these child pornography pictures as “art.” The choice of words I really want to use aren’t fit for print. So, I’ll just say this much: anyone who believes that child pornography belongs in the same category as nude paintings and sculptures created by the Old Masters should have his or her head examined.