A few days ago, an old article of ours from a few months back received a link from a large organization.
Prior to this, we were a small grassroots website with an equally small, but very dedicated, readership. In other words, we were not expecting anywhere near the amount of attention that this piece received.
One of the sources from which we obtained our information was incorrect, unbeknownst to us at the time of publication, and remains that way as of this writing. A staff member of Rep. Jackie Speier’s contacted us regarding those inaccuracies.
Here is the original e-mail:
Jenny Werwa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
3:04 PM (23 hours ago)
From: Jenny Werwa <email@example.com>
Subject: 2/7/13 post by Lisa A – Suggesting Rep Speier Supports Pedophilia
Hello – I am the Communications Director for Congresswoman Jackie Speier and I am writing to clarify that the legislation she introduced in November does not protect pedophiles or sanction pedophilia which is a criminal behavior.
In a 2/7/13 post titled, Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill, Writer Lisa A. suggests that pedophilia is a sexual orientation, which it is not. Lisa A. incorrectly asserts that Congresswoman Speier’s legislation, the SHOK Resolution, would prohibit therapists from counseling against pedophilia.
The SHOK Resolution does not sanction pedophilia or interfere with therapists who treat pedophiles to change their behavior. The resolution explicitly states that it would not prohibit “interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices.” Any suggestion that this resolution somehow protects pedophiles is patently false and grossly misleading. Instead, this resolution prohibits dangerous psychological abuse of LGBTQI youth.
You can learn more about the SHOK Resolution, and read the text, on [on the Congresswoman's] website. http://1.usa.gov/U2S2zk
I strongly urge you, and Lisa A., to read the Resolution and print a correction on your site.
Please contact me with questions or concerns: 202-225-3531.
This mail is sent via contact form on rethink society http://rethinksociety.com
While we made corrections, our concerns still remain. Namely, we are concerned that such therapies could be banned from helping treat pedophiles in the future, should it come (as we fear it will) to be recognized as a legitimate sexual orientation. That such a provision was not specifically included was of grave concern to us, and many of the people in the comments section.
We respectfully and politely invite all of our readers to look at the Resolution itself, as well, and come to their own conclusions.
In the end, our deepest fear is that legislation will get in the way of common sense.
We apologize to our readers and loyal followers, and hope that they can forgive our honest mistake.
The team at www.rethinksociety.com