The Famous Paedophile Register
September 3rd 2006 23:25
While we are about setting up the Paedophile Register, let's have a famous one. This will really test your ideas about paedophiles and whether goodness and genius have anything to do with each other.
We'll start with Leonardo. The "Da Vinci" code, with all it's mysterious supposition about Jesus Christ, says nothing about the secret life of Leonardo Da Vinci the immortal artist and largely failed scientist of the sixteenth century. Leonardo was a committed gay but also a dedicated paedophile whose sexual indiscretions early on looked as though they would end either his life or his career when he was charged with homosexual offences in Florence. He escaped censure, however, and went on to great success, dying in the arms of the King of France. Let us skip over the nexus between being homosexual and paedophile, at least for this posting, controversial connection in itself, and focus on his behaviour with young boys including one aged nine he called by a euphemism for penis. But then in the sixteenth century children did not count for much.
This one likes girls
Then there is Poe, aptly named perhaps, drunken degenerate who is credited for beginning the genre of horror and detective stories, "The Murders of the Rue Morgue" among them. He was the finest author and poet of early nineteenth century America. The "Raven" has not so far been equalled. He took to his bed and later married a twelve year old girl. Children had little better status by then and there were no protests. He outlived her when she died of TB at aged twenty five and like so many paedophiles went on to succumb to drink.
More young girls?
Polanski has not been able to return to the US since facing charges of having sex with a 13 year old girl. That gives him a year at least on Poe. The movie and film industry is rife with men whose tastes extend downwards in age and there is scarcely room to fit all of them in including our own beloved Errol Flynn
But a taste for veal is not restricted to the arts. It extends to the sciences and some of our Nobel Prize winning scientists have found themselves jailhouse guests in modern times when the amount of tolerance for paedophilia has diminished. Even famous icons cannot escape the accusation. Was Elvis a paedophile? Debate would be useful.
The famous paedophile registry exposes, if nothing else, the hypocrisy and undoubted ineffectiveness of a general paedophile register which has been debated here and almost everywhere is opposed by sensible police forces.
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