Milo Yiannopoulos just got dumped as keynote speaker for this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2017).
But CPAC’s organizers didn’t reject him because of his deeply racist and misogynist views. Nor do they care one whit about his role in building the “alt-right” movement as senior Breitbart editor. POLITICO reports his pro-gay pedophilia comments are what did him in.
Milo Yiannopoulos lost his keynote speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference after tapes surfaced of the right wing provocateur and senior Breitbart editor advocating for sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.”
Top Republicans are totally fine with their president grabbing women “by the pussy.” Nor do they have any issues with Donald Trump’s comments about and conduct towards underage girls. This year, Donald Trump is a featured speaker at CPAC.
But when they heard Milo Yiannopoulos talking about gay men having sexual relations with young, white boys, these pearl-clutching right whingers hit the roof. Matt Schlapp, who chairs the group that sponsors CPAC, announced:
“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation.”
As we reported earlier, here at Freakout Nation, CPAC-goers spent the weekend in a frothing rage over a video that has resurfaced. In an interview with Joe Rogan from last year, Milo Yiannopoulos appeared to defend pedophilia with adult gay men and young boys.
“We get hung up on this sort of child abuse stuff, to the point where we are heavily policing consensual adults,” he declared.
“In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship — those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents.”
He then went on to brag about his sexual relations with a Catholic priest a a teenager.
A clearly uneasy Joe Rogan pointed out:
“It sounds like molestation to me. It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.”
To which he cheekily replied:
“But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him.”
Milo Yiannopoulos later posted an apology and clarification on his Facebook page. He insists that he does not support the sexual abuse of minors.
Alas for him, this comes too little, too late.
WATCH: Milo Yiannopoulos defends pedophilia and pedophiles in Joe Rogan’s podcast.
You could write this off as yet another attempt by this self-described “troll” to be outrageous. But, as Vox points out, these statements promote a dangerous stereotype that portrays gay men as sexual deviants who don’t deserve equal rights. As The Huffington Post points out, “being gay does not make one a pedophile.”
First of all, nearly every reputable psychologist and psychiatrist definitively rejects the conflation of homosexuality with pedophilia, as well as any cause-and-effect relationship. The studies are almost too numerous to mention. Pedophilia, say experts, is more a question of a stunted (or arrested) sexuality, more a question of power, and more a question of proximity (among many other complicated psychological factors). Simply put, being gay does not make one a pedophile.
In fact, sexual abuse occurs at alarming rates in evangelical Christian churches as well as Catholic ones. And it has a lot more to do with abuse of power and teachings that require children to submit to authority than it does with sexual orientation.
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