Sometimes, I take my rights and freedoms as an American citizen for granted. But there's a certain case in California making media rounds that has really piqued my interest, because, as far as I can see, a man who reportedly is a self-proclaimed pedophile hasn't yet done anything illegal.
In case you haven't heard, it's been reported that this guy ran a website featuring pictures of little girls and hang-outs for little girl watching. He was asked by one media outlet whether or not he was a pedophile. He said yes, but he'd never done anything illegal.
A court order was issued earlier this month banning him from getting within a certain distance of any child under the age of 18. He was arrested twice this week for hanging out near a daycare center at UCLA.
For the life of me, I can't grasp the legal basis for the court order that caused the ensuing arrests.
In many news reports, the confession that he hasn't done anything illegal emerges. A lot of people are lost on that point. Many people think he ought to be tarred and feathered just for his predilections.
We have a lot of freedoms. We even have the freedom to have strange and disgusting thoughts when it comes to sexual preference. We don't have the right to act out those thoughts if they are illegal.
To me, that's a clear cut distinction.
If I have a predilection that's not mainstream, does that make me fodder for the courts?
It's not supposed to. Not in America.
I'm not pro-pedophile and I'm not endorsing or excusing this guy. I have a girlfriend with a 6-year-old daughter and if I spotted this guy snapping her photos or drooling, I'd bean him over the head with his own camera. But guess who'd go to jail? Me. For assault. And rightfully so.
Just because someone admits to hideous tendencies, if they haven't broken the law, court orders shouldn't be issued based on what might happen.
This reminds me of that futuristic movie that came out recently, where advanced technology was able to determine that a crime was about to be committed. The police were given the power to jail the would-be offenders before they even committed the crime.
In the case of this self-proclaimed pedophile, who by all reports hasn't yet done anything illegal, I wonder how long it's going to take the ACLU to act on this. Or do they, too, find the guy way too sick to be free to express himself, legally?