Friday, 13 January 2012

Greece Recognizes Pedophilia as “Disability”

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The government of Greece is catching flack over its decision to add some questionable categories to its list of recognized disabilities. As reported by the Associated Press, disability groups in the country were especially outraged over the government’s decision to add pedophiles to its list of those the state recognizes as disabled individuals. Among the other “disabled” categories added to the list were exhibitionists, kleptomaniacs, pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists, and sadomasochists.

Greece’s Labor Ministry explained that the new “disabilities” were added for medical assessment and to determine who would receive financial assistance from the government.

But Greece’s National Confederation of Disabled People (NCDP) “called the action ‘incomprehensible,’” reported the AP, “and said pedophiles are now awarded a higher government disability pay than some people who have received organ transplants.”

The additions to the government dole come as Greece is drowning in debt and attempting to stay afloat in an imploding economy. “Public spending on health and welfare programs has been sharply cut under austerity measures imposed as a condition for receiving emergency loans from the International Monetary Fund and other countries using the euro currency,” reported the AP.

The updated listing left the NCDP’s head, Yiannis Vardakastanis, wondering if the Greek government could be serious in its intention to grant “peeping toms a 20 to 30 percent disability rate, and 10 percent to diabetics, who have insulin shots four or five times a day.” She noted that the new listing “gives pyromaniacs and pedophiles disability pay up to 35 percent, compared to 80 percent for heart transplant recipients.”

The fact that a socialist nation such as Greece would expand entitlements to whole new “victim” classes is not surprising. But that it would consider “disabled” those individuals whom society has heretofore considered merely criminal is noteworthy.

Becket Adams of TheBlaze.com suggested that instead of trying to do any more to salvage the sinking ship that is Greece, the other nations of the European Union should simply jump ship and try to save their own skins. “When it gets to the point where child molesters, pyromaniacs, and sadomasochists are all standing in the same line waiting to collect disability checks, it’s already over,” wrote Becket. “It’s going to take a lot more than austerity measures to save Greece; its problems are much deeper than that.”

Currently Greece’s national debt hovers at more than $445 billion, and in order to receive its next $165-billion bailout check from the EU and the International Monetary Fund, it has had to promise to cut spending to a bare minimum. That bare-bones budget will apparently now include a monthly disability check to pedophiles and other erstwhile Greek criminals.

Writing on FrontPageMag.com, Arnold Alhert noted that the United States is the largest contributor to the IMF, kicking in 17 percent of its budget. And, wrote Alhert, “while bills to defund our $100 billion contribution are working their way through both houses of Congress, it is more likely that only additional funding in 2012 will be prevented.”

With the United States so inextricably committed to bailing out insolvent EU nations like Greece, Alhert wonders if “American taxpayers might someday be underwriting Greek pedophiles.”

For those Americans prone to cluck their tongues over the reprobate depths to which Greece has apparently plunged, America is not far behind. As reported by The New American, at an August 17, 2011 conference in Baltimore sponsored by the pedophile-friendly organization B4U-ACT, a group of mental health professionals and sympathetic activists discussed what might be done to remove pedophilia from the mental illnesses listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

As reported by LifeSite News, on its own website “B4U-ACT classifies pedophilia as simply another sexual orientation and decries the ‘stigma’ attached to pedophilia, observing: ‘No one chooses to be emotionally and sexually attracted to children or adolescents. The cause is unknown; in fact, the development of attraction to adults is not understood.’ The group says that it does not advocate treatment to change feelings of attraction to children or adolescents.”

Might pedophilia make it on to the list defining Americans With Disabilities? Don’t be too quick to dismiss such a possibility. Alhert charted the line of thinking that turns a mental illness — or criminal inclination — into a justification for entitlement, noting that “for progressives, the term ‘lifestyle choice’ becomes a viable substitute for moral depravity. And once ‘criminals’ become ‘victims,’ we are well along the path to where such victims eventually become ‘disabled.’”