Sensationalism, Yellow Journalism, and Damned Lies

I recently had this article brought to my attention by someone in the U.S. asking, “Is this true?”.

The article begins in this very sensational way:

Canada new destination of choice for pedophiles?
December 31, 2005
by James L. Lambert

High court ruling legalized group-sex clubs with 14-year-oldsThe Canadian Supreme Court ruling that redefined obscenity for that nation and legalized group-sex clubs, combined with Canada’s unusually low age of consent – 14 – will result in an influx of pedophiles to America’s neighbor to the north, contends a former consultant to the U.S. Justice Department.

In its Dec. 20 decision, Canada’s Supreme Court legalized a type of business activity previously restricted by Canadian law, overturning two previous Quebec Court of Appeal decisions that had ruled group-sex clubs qualified as “bawdy houses” violating Quebec’s community decency standards and were therefore illegal.

Judith Reisman, a world-renowned scholar and author of four books, including Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences, said that since under Canadian law 14-year-olds are legally considered “consenting adults,” the court’s controversial decision “will now make Canada a sex traffic playground for pedophiles.”

Is it true?

No. Of course it’s not true. It’s not even close. It’s yellow journalism and sensationalism of the worst kind.

Let’s start with this part:

Judith Reisman, a world-renowned scholar and author of four books, including Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences, said that… under Canadian law 14-year-olds are legally considered “consenting adults”…

I don’t know what Dr. Reisman is smoking but that is absolute nonsense. I would have thought that a “world-renowned scholar and author of four books” would have some inkling of how to conduct basic research and information gathering. In Canada, a 14 year old cannot buy cigarettes, cannot drink, cannot refuse to go to school, cannot vote, cannot sign contracts, etc., etc. An adult in Canada is someone over the age of 18. Individuals under the age of 18 are considered children. Has the Dr. Reisman, the “world renowned scholar”, never heard of the Young Offenders Act in Canada? One needs to make special application to the court to even try someone under 18 as an adult if they commit murder, because in this country the maximum penalty for any crime for juveniles would be 5 years – again recognizing the fact that Canada does not consider anyone under the age of 18 to be an adult.

Second, the decisions regarding private “group sex” clubs simply recognizes the right of consenting adults who choose to participate in such activities to do so, extending rulings going back to the days of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the 60s who declared that the government “has no business in the bedrooms of the nation” when an activity involves fully consenting adults capable of giving informed consent.

Canada has been at least as vigorous as the US in the prosecution of pedophilia and other sex crimes, AND in the prosecution of child pornography laws. Indeed, I think when it comes to the specific issue of child pornography, our laws are quite possibly more restrictive than those in the US.

This is as good an example of anything I have seen recently of “don’t believe everything you read”. Honestly, what a load of utter garbage that article is.

It makes me wonder about both the ethics of Dr. Reisman and the personal agenda of Reisman when the article was written. Either way, her comments are utter trash.

yellow journalism, lies, damned lies, Dr. Judith Reisman, James L. Lambert, politics, ethics, ignorance

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