A Kansas City judge recently sentenced James Phillips Edwards to 245 years in prison for making and distributing child pornography. Edwards, 63, was defiant at his hearing, where he announced his plan to promote his pro-pedophile agenda while in prison.
Edwards was convicted in March of 2011 for sexually assaulting 13 girls over a four-year period, putting sleeping pills in the girls’ ice cream, then using them to make porn videos. Edwards was handed his sentence at a heading earlier this month.
Edwards reportedly announced his plan to start a pro-pedophile movement and claimed that he would like to be the “flag-bearer for all pedophile.” His essay, titled “The Pedophile Minority,” details his plans to carry out his dream while in prison.
There has been recent controversy surrounding pedophilia, with some suggesting that it is merely another sexual orientation. Edwards allegedly believes that he did nothing wrong, even though the judge in the case told Edwards that his conduct was “incomprehensible.”
Edwards, according to The Stir, is allegedly a supported of pedophilia as a sexual orientation, since he “cannot image life without sex with children.” Even after being sentenced to 200 plus years in jail, one would assume that “he doesn’t see, or perhaps feel, that anything is wrong with his actions.”
While some scientists agree that pedophilia is a sexual orientation, jailed criminals apparently think otherwise. According to ABC News, one corrections officer from Los Angeles says that imprisoned pedophiles “usually don’t make it” without protective custody. Leslie Walker, a prisoner’s rights activist, told ABC reported Michael S. James that child sex offenders “are at risk of being murdered, having their food taken, having their cells defecated and urinated in. Their life is truly a living hell.”
While many people would applaud the judgement given to child molesters, there is a growing number of researchers whose work suggests that pedophilia is an illness “deserving of the public’s sympathy.” Scientists who believe that pedophilia is a sexual orientation believe that pedophiles’ attraction to children is “unchangeable, regardless of how much jail time or beatings or therapy someone is dealt.” Some even maintain that pedophiles, like Edwards, were born that way.
What do you think about Edwards spreading his pedophilia gospel? Do you think that pedophiles deserve our sympathy?