Atheism and child pornography

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The Barna Group found that atheists and agnostics in America were more likely, than theists in America, to look upon the following behaviors as morally acceptable: pornography; obscene sexual behavior; illegal drug use; excessive drinking; sexual relationships outside of marriage; abortion; cohabitating with someone of opposite sex outside of marriage; obscene language; gambling; and engaging in homosexuality/bisexuality.[1]

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Atheistic Denmark and child pornography

Denmark is the third most atheistic country in the world and the website adherents.com reports that 43 - 80% of Danes are agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[2]

In 2009, Suzanne Ost reported in her book published by Cambridge University Press, that the child pornography material produced in Denmark (and Holland) still constituted the largest part of child pornography that was currently available, having been transferred into digital format and uploaded onto the internet.[3]

See also: Atheistic Denmark and child pornography

In 2005, Denmark was ranked the third most atheistic country in the world and the website adherents.com reported that in 2005 43 - 80% of Danes are agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[4] Denmark has the highest rate of belief in evolution in the Western World.[5]

The 2003 book entitled Overcoming Violence Against Women and Girls: The International Campaign to Eradicate a Worldwide Problem written by authors Rahel Nardos; Mary K. Radpour; William S. Hatcher and Michael L. Penn, declared:

The largest source of commercial child pornography is Denmark. Denmark became the world's leading producer of child pornography when, in 1969, it removed all restrictions on the production and sale of any type of pornographic material. "The result," notes Tim Tate, "was a short-lived explosion in adult pornography, and the birth of commercial child pornography. In his work, Tate links the global spread of child pornography to two men: Willy Strauss, founder of Bambina Sex, the world's first child-pornography magazine, founded in 1971; and Peter Theander, founder of Colour Climax Corporation and the producer of a short, professionally made pornographic film series entitled Lolita. Lolita depicts the sexual abuse of prepubescent boys and girls. Although Danish law at the time rendered the work of Strauss and Theander legal, by 1979 when Denmark finally banned the production and sale of child pornography it had already become such a financial success on the international market that it has proven to be nearly impossible to bring its spread under control.[6]

Suzanne Ost, in her 2009 book Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal Responses published by Cambridge University Press, wrote about the child pornography created by Denmark/Holland during this period:

Taylor and Quayle note that the material produced during this period still constitutes the largest part of child pornography that is currently available, having been transferred into digital format and uploaded onto the internet.[7]

Netherlands and child pornography

See also: Netherlands and child pornography

In 2005, the Netherlands was ranked the 13th most atheistic country in the world and the website adherents.com reports that in 2005 39 - 44%% of the Dutch were agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[8] The Netherlands also has the 11th highest rate of belief in evolution as far as Western World nations.[9]

In 2011, Almost 200 suspects have already been arrested in a large-scale international child pornography ring centred in the Netherlands.[10]

In 2011, RNW archive (RNW is the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide or Wereldomroep) reported in an article entitled Massive Dutch-run child pornography ring revealed:

Almost 200 suspects have already been arrested in a large-scale international child pornography ring centred in the Netherlands.

Speaking from the Hague, Europol Director Rob Wainwright, together with law enforcement representatives from five countries, announced the round-up of the internet ring on Wednesday.

In the largest ever operation of its kind, police in 30 countries have arrested 184 suspects and identified 486 others. Mr Wainwright says more will follow in short order.

Peter Davies, Director of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, says arrests were being made yesterday and today in the UK and more are planned for tomorrow. Meanwhile, five arrests have been made in the United States and 17 in Spain. The investigation, called Operation Rescue, started three years ago.[11]

Atheistic Czech Republic and child pornography/molestation

Věra Říhová in her article entitled The Czech Republic as a Paedophile Paradise wrote: "7% of women and 3% of men were sexually abused as children. That's 528,820 Czech citizens.."[12]

See also: Atheistic Czech Republic and child pornography

From a historical perspective, the Czechs have been characterised as "tolerant and even indifferent towards religion".[13] According to the 2011 census, 34.2% of the Czech population declared they had no religion, 10.3% was Roman Catholic and 10.2% followed other forms of religion both denominational and nondenominational. Furthermore, 45.2% of the population did not answer the question about religion.[14] From 1991 to 2001 and further to 2011 the adherence to Roman Catholicism decreased from 39.0% to 26.8% and then subsequently to 10.3%.[15]

Věra Říhová in her article entitled The Czech Republic as a Paedophile Paradise wrote:

I would like to dwell on the statistics on rape and sexual abuse of children. The study shows that 6% of women have been raped once, and 5% more than once - most often by their own husband or partner. 7% of women and 3% of men were sexually abused as children. That's 528,820 Czech citizens (I have calculated this using the population statistics). Approximately one in twenty people were sexually abused as children, which is a very high number.

Why is the Czech Republic labelled a "Paedophile's Paradise"? That definitely doesn't mean that all Czechs are paedophiles. I think that the reasons behind it are the poor criminal investigation methods and the very low punishments, or more often offenders going unpunished. In the Czech Republic it is still believed that women are here to serve men, especially the older generation still accept the ownership of women as property. The rights of young children are totally neglected or even disregarded. Children are their parents` property and their rights stay silently on paper. Home Secretary Ivan Langer resolutely denied there are problems with child abuse in the Czech Republic and, with a few exceptions, no one is interested in child cruelty or abuse.[16]

In 2007, the Washington Post published the article Czech Bill On Child Porn Faces Resistance

When Austrian authorities announced in February that they had uncovered an online child pornography ring, pedophiles around the world suddenly became potential targets of criminal investigations -- but not the ring's 63 customers in the Czech Republic, where downloading and possessing such images is not a crime.

The videos, which show at least one girl who appears to be 5 years old and include on-camera scenes of girls being raped, are characterized by Austrian police as "the most brutal form of sexual abuse."

In all, Austrian police seized 1,132 DVDs, 1,428 computer disks, 213 videocassettes, 31 computers, seven laptops and 23 external hard drives. They passed along the computer details of more than 2,300 suspected clients of the site to law enforcement officials in nearly 80 countries.[17]

Irreligious Britain and child pornography

See also: Irreligious Britain and child pornography and Britain and morality

A spokesman for Britain's National Crime Agency delcared: “We cannot confirm any specific numbers. But we have previously said that we believe there are between 50,000 and 60,000 people in Britain who are accessing child abuse images.”[18]

On September 23, 2014, The Telegraph reported:

A nationwide investigation into internet paedophiles has caught more than 25,000 people suspected of viewing images of child abuse in this country.

Operation Notarise, which started this year, has led to 660 arrests. However, the National Crime Agency says that it will never be able to pursue all of those caught up in the inquiry, according to the Times.

The agency said that it was also looking at new techniques, including strategies borrowed from counter- terrorism policing, to identify and curb the activities of online offenders.

A spokesman said: “We cannot confirm any specific numbers. But we have previously said that we believe there are between 50,000 and 60,000 people in Britain who are accessing child abuse images.”[19]

Reports of Britain's societal decline

See also: Britain and morality

Atheistic Sweden and child pornography

Sweden is the most atheistic country in the world.[20]

See also: Atheistic Sweden and child pornography

Sweden is one of the most atheistic country in the world and the website adherents.com reported that in 2005 46 - 85% of Swedes were agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[21] Sweden also has the 3rd highest rate of belief in evolution as far as Western World nations.[22]

In the 1970s, child pornography was legal in Sweden.[23] In 2010, Sweden banned the possession of child pornography, but viewing child pornography on the internet is still legal.[24] In 2012, a Swedish political party proposed making the possession of child pornography legal again.[25]

As a result of their past lax laws and permissive sexual mores, Sweden has had some scandals related to child pornography as can be seen below:

Nontheistic Thailand and child prostitution

Poster against child prostitution in Thailand.

In atheistic Thailand, the nontheistic form of Buddhism, called the Theravada school of Buddhism, is prevalent.

CNN reported "Col. Apichart says online forums are abuzz with talk about Thailand being a child molesters' paradise."[26]

(photo from Flickr, see: license agreement)

See also: Nontheistic Thailand and child prostitution and Atheism, pederasty and NAMBLA

In atheistic Thailand, the nontheistic form of Buddhism called the Theravada school of Buddhism is prevalent.

According to a report compiled by Police Colonel Naras Savestanan, Ph.D., Deputy Director-General, Department of Special Investigation, Ministry of Justice, Thailand:

Thailand has been identified as one of the most popular destinations for child sex abusers since 1980s...

In 2007, there were 500,000 sexually alluring web pages and 250 websites showing nude video clips of teenagers in Thailand.[27]

Thailand’s Health System Research Institute declared that child prostitutes make up 40% of all prostitutes in Thailand.[28]

CNN reported concerning Thailand:

And Col.Apichart is clear the law needs reform.

"There is no specific law about having child pornography in possession," he said. "Thailand should issue the new law about child pornography specifically."

Ronnasit Proeksayajiva is with a small NGO called the Counter Human Trafficking Unit. He works closely with Col. Apichart, often accompanying officers on raids. His assessment is frank -- and bleak.

"Honestly right now I don't think it is getting better, I think it is getting worse, because I don't know, maybe they believe that Thailand is the best place for them to come to have sex with the children."....

Such cases do little to discourage pedophiles from coming to Thailand. Col. Apichart says online forums are abuzz with talk about Thailand being a child molesters' paradise.[29]

Atheism, pedophilia/pederasty and NAMBLA

Many consider atheist Harry Hay to be the founder of the American homosexual movement.

The North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) was founded in December 1978 and is an activist homosexuality and pedophilia/pederasty coalition group.

See also: Atheism, pedophilia/pederasty and NAMBLA

Some of the well known atheist advocates of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) are:

1. The atheist and homosexual David Thorstad was a founding member of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).[30]

2. Harry Hay (1912 - 2002) was a liberal atheist advocate of statutory rape and the widely acknowledged founder and progenitor of the activist homosexual agenda in the United States.[31][32][33] Hay joined the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) in 1934. [34] He was a vociferous advocate of man/boy love. [35][36] In 1986, Hay marched in a gay parade wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words "NAMBLA walks with me."[37]

3. The writer Samuel R. Delaney is an atheist and a homosexual.[38][39] Delaney said he was a supporter of NAMBLA.[40]

See also: Teenage homosexuality and Homosexuality and pedophilia

Atheist Amos Yee, child pornography and his invitation to speak to an atheist conference

See also: Atheist conferences

In 2017, the atheist PZ Myers wrote about the Mythicist Milwaukee atheist conference inviting atheist Adam Yee to speak at their annual conference:

The latest from Mythicist Milwaukee: they will bring Amos Yee up on stage as a “special guest” (which is just weird…to give credibility to their con, they’re flying people in who won’t be speaking, they’ll just be there. Why has no one ever flown me to a con to just stand and look pretty? They reek of desperation.) Yee has some notoriety for being jailed in the autocratic state of Singapore for his criticisms of the state and religion. So yeah, sounds good.

Except…he has lately been banned from Twitter for something else, his endorsement of child pornography. His heated, angry, vocal support of child porn. Why, if you don’t agree with him on child porn, you’re a fascist.[41]

According to news website Nalaymail Online:

Last week, in a series of tweets, Yee defended the practise of child pornography. Sex with children, so Yee claims, is acceptable if a key condition is met: The child demonstrated consent. He also said that to deny the child sexual pleasure that he or she sought for amounts to fascism.[42]

Selective outrage on child molestation and so called "gentle pedophiles"

Ben-Peter Terpstra wrote in the Australian Conservative: "In all truth, Britain’s clean-shaven atheists aren’t serious about children’s rights, or they’d be launching venomous attacks against the United Nations, in light of their more recent sex abuse scandals."(photo obtained from Flickr, see license agreement)

See also: Atheism, pederasty and NAMBLA aand Richard Dawkins on child molestation and so called "gentle pedophiles" and Atheist hypocrisy

The Australian Conservative recently published an article by Ben-Peter Terpstra entitled Preparing for Richard Dawkins’ crocodile tears which charges that Richard Dawkins exhibits selective outrage on the issue of child molestation. In the article Terpstra cites Bendan Oneill who wrote:

The New Atheist campaign to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when he visits Britain later this year exposes the deeply disturbing, authoritarian and even Inquisitorial side to today’s campaigning secularism...

In 2006, Dawkins criticised ‘hysteria about paedophilia’ and said that, even though he was the victim of sexual abuse at boarding school, he would defend his abusive former teachers if ‘50 years on they had been hounded by vigilantes or lawyers as no better than child murderers’. Yet now he wants to put abusive priests on a par with genocidaires.[43]

Ben-Peter Terpstra writes: "In all truth, Britain’s clean-shaven atheists aren’t serious about children’s rights, or they’d be launching venomous attacks against the United Nations, in light of their more recent sex abuse scandals."

Concerning Richard Dawkins recent selective outrage on child molestation the Christian apologetics website True Free Thinker writes:

His reputation has always been the very same and this Pope related publicity stunt is nothing new. Moreover, why would he oppose the Pope considering that what the Pope may be complicit in, surely, relates to some gentle pedophiles.

What! “Gentle pedophiles”!!!

Oh, no, no, no; those are not my words but Richard Dawkins who, indeed, argues that there are gentle pedophiles and that way too much is made of pedophilia at times.

For these reasons and more Robert Fulford’s referring to Richard Dawkins as a clown is very, very offensive—to clowns. Clowns are lovable and funny whilst Richard Dawkins is belligerent, arrogant, belittling and shockingly lacking in knowledge with regards to many of the issues that he takes on (find ample evidence here).[44]

Atheist Sam Harris on the label of atheist

See also: Views on atheists

Dr. Sam Harris is one of the founders of the New Atheism movement. Sam Harris is quite aware of the stigma surrounding atheism and has even advocated that atheists no longer call themselves atheists.[45] In fact, Dr. Harris has said concerning the label of atheist, "It's right next to child molester as a designation."[45][46] See also: Atheism and social outcasts

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Notes

  1. http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/58-practical-outcomes-replace-biblical-principles-as-the-moral-standard
  2. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  3. Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal Responses by Suzanne Ost, Cambridge University Press, page 29, 2009
  4. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  5. Photo: Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds
  6. Overcoming Violence Against Women and Girls: The International Campaign to Eradicate a Worldwide Problem written by authors Rahel Nardos; Mary K. Radpour; William S. Hatcher and Michael L. Penn, page 59, 2003
  7. Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal Responses by Suzanne Ost, Cambridge University Press, page 29, 2009
  8. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  9. Photo: Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds
  10. [http://www.rnw.org/archive/massive-dutch-run-child-pornography-ring-revealed Massive Dutch-run child pornography ring revealed, Published on: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 17:39
  11. [http://www.rnw.org/archive/massive-dutch-run-child-pornography-ring-revealed Massive Dutch-run child pornography ring revealed, Published on: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 17:39
  12. The Czech Republic as a Paedophile Paradise
  13. Richard Felix Staar, Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, Issue 269, p. 90
  14. Richard Felix Staar, Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, Issue 269, p. 90
  15. Population by denomination and sex: as measured by 1921, 1930, 1950, 1991 and 2001 censuses (Czech and English). Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved on 2010-03-09.
  16. The Czech Republic as a Paedophile Paradise
  17. Czech Bill On Child Porn Faces Resistance, By Bruce I. Konviser, Special to The Washington Post, Monday, September 3, 2007
  18. More than 25,000 people caught viewing child porn online
  19. More than 25,000 people caught viewing child porn online
  20. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  21. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  22. Photo: Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds
  23. Looking at child porn soon illegal in Sweden
  24. Sweden Calls for the Legalization of Child Porn
  25. Thailand fights to stem tide of child sex tourists By Dan Rivers
  26. Thailand’s Response to Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Its Progress and Challenges, Pol.Col.Naras Savestanan, Ph.D. Deputy Director-General, Department of Special Investigation, Ministry of Justice, Thailand, The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice: 20th CCPCJ, April 12, 2011, Vienna, Austria
  27. Kathoey Ladyboy: Thailand's Got Talent By Heinz Duthel, page 192
  28. Thailand fights to stem tide of child sex tourists By Dan Rivers, CNN
  29. http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/100822
  30. http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2010/ss_politics0010_01_07.asp
  31. The American Spectator Special Report, When Nancy Met Harry, Jeffrey Lord, 10/5/2006.
  32. http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2010/ss_politics0010_01_07.asp
  33. The Boston Phoenix, The real Harry Hay, Michael Bronski, October 31 - November 7, 2002.
  34. The American Spectator Special Report, When Nancy Met Harry, Jeffrey Lord, 10/5/2006.
  35. http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2010/ss_politics0010_01_07.asp
  36. http://www.mega.nu/ampp/baldwin_pedophilia_homosexuality.pdf
  37. Samuel R. Delaney, About writing: seven essays, four letters, and five interviews, page 36
  38. http://www.enotes.com/contemporary-literary-criticism/delany-samuel-r
  39. Delany, Samuel R.; Freedman, Carl (2009). Conversations with Samuel R. Delany. Univ. Press of Mississippi, page 143
  40. Well alrighty then by PZ Myers]
  41. Amos Yee and child pornography, Nalaymail Online, July 4, 2016, 7:25 AM GMT+8
  42. http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/8526/
  43. http://www.truefreethinker.com/articles/send-clowns-%E2%80%93-richard-dawkins-obliges
  44. 45.0 45.1 Roberts, Jessica, et al. (June 19, 2007). "Interview with an atheist". News21. Retrieved on July 30, 2014.
  45. NEWSWEEK Poll: 90% Believe in God, Newsweek 2007