WASHINGTON DC - Liberty Counsel reports that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has changed the definition of pedophilia again.
In the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) of Mental Disorders, the APA changed the classification of pedophilia from a “disorder” to a “sexual orientation,” but following the public outcry, APA released a statement that it was a mistake. “‘Sexual orientation’ is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder, and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read ‘sexual interest.’”
Whether it is classified a “sexual orientation” or a “sexual interest,” any effort to legitimize pedophilia will provide pederasts with all the arguments they need to remove age of consent laws, and children will suffer, Liberty Counsel says. They provide a timeline:
- In the third edition of the DSM, APA said that one who acted upon one’s sexual attraction to children was a pedophile.
- In DSM-IV, APA changed the criteria, saying that pedophilia was only a disorder if it “caused clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.”
- The Rind study followed and concluded that man-boy “consensual” relationships were not necessarily harmful.
- Following the public outcry of the Rind study, APA said moral values trumped the scientific study.
- The original printing of the most recent DSM-V changed pedophilia to a “sexual orientation,” but again the public outcry prompted psychology experts to admit an “error” that will be corrected in “the next printing of the manual.” The DSM-V has been under consideration for ten years. It is hard to accept that its publication was a mistake or an error. It is more likely that the public outcry prompted the APA’s recent press statement.
The APA has lost credibility with this recent blunder over the classification for pedophilia. The APA has become co-opted by a political agenda. It is hard to see the APA any other way. The implications of reclassifying natural law, whether it is for same-sex marriage or adult-children relationships, are far-reaching.