Battle against pedophilia in Brazil: a state Trojan horse against “homophobia” and “religious intolerance”?
Effort against pedophilia may eventually strengthen groups and measures against “homophobia” and “religious intolerance”
By Julio Severo
The 3rd World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from November 25 to 28, 2008, was successful, but not in the exclusive sense that the Brazilian government will enforce zero tolerance to sex criminals against children. Punishments for TV channels in friendship with the State that broadcast immorality day and night? No way!
Even though the congress has been introduced to the public as an initiative to bring an end to pedophilia crimes, apparently the government saw it as an opportunity to strengthen its own agenda.
According to O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper, during the 3rd World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, SaferNet signed an agreement with the Special Secretariat of Human Rights of the Brazilian Republic’s Presidency (the creator and chief implementing agency for the Brazil without Homophobia federal program) and the federal police to establish an integrated central to address charges of online crimes. By such measure, the Brazilian federal police will have immediate access to the SaferNet database to investigate charges. Daily, six federal police experts will analyze charges received by the Safernet website.
SaferNet, a fairly mysterious Brazilian NGO whose slogan is “Protecting Human Rights on Internet”, receives 2.5 thousand complaints daily, where 63% deal with pedophilia, and the rest involves “homophobia”, religious intolerance and racism.
With the government and federal police partnership, SaferNet will make a mapping of crimes against human rights committed on internet, whose data will help the Brazilian government to formulate public policies.
Even though at first the agreement addresses only pedophilia, the SaferNet operations are not limited only to this issue. For SaferNet, disrespect to human rights does not apply only to cases of pedophilia on internet, but also to cases of “homophobia” (a politically-correct label used against any individual expressing a philosophical, moral or Christian view contrary to the gay agenda) and of “religious intolerance” (a term used with broad and questionable interpretation in Brazil, where a Christian may be charged merely for expressing a view contrary to the gods of the Brazilian witchcraft religions).
An honest government attitude would be to seek the support from a reliable NGO dealing exclusively with child pornography. Yet, the astute State chose to strengthen a NGO that is also involved in issues of strong state interest, such as the battle against “homophobia” and “religious intolerance”. So by strengthening SaferNet to fight child pornography, the State is cleverly strengthening it to fight better in other areas too.
For the time being, the basic mission of SaferNet, according to its president Thiago Tavares, will help federal police in the search of internet criminals in the area of pedophilia. But SaferNet will keep receiving charges in the area of “homophobia” and “religious intolerance”, monitoring and tracking such activities and waiting for the “go ahead” from the government to proceed directly with federal police against people posting on the internet texts contrary to the homosexual agenda and the gods of the Brazilian witchcraft religions.
Safernet will not need to wait long to advance in its other specialties. Recently, an Afro-Brazilian Pentecostal minister, who spoke against the gods of a Brazilian witchcraft religion, was denounced by a prosecutor for “religious intolerance”, and likewise a known Catholic priest, by the action of another prosecutor, had his book against witchcraft confiscated in Bahia, Brazil. In the “homophobia” issue, my Portuguese blog was shut down on July 2007 because Google in Brazil had received many complaints from homosexual activists. Since 2006, gay militants regularly use the SaferNet website to denounce Blog Julio Severo.
The support from the Lula administration for the approval of “anti-homophobia” bills has been facing resistance from Catholics and evangelicals. But that resistance dies and turns into secured support when Lula and his government ask for assistance to fight pedophilia, because Christians are completely against that crime. In fact, even Senator Magno Malta, who showed a brilliant opposition to PLC 122/2006 — a terrible anti-“homophobia” bill representing a way to impose a homosexual dictatorship in Brazil —, established the Congressional Investigative Committee against Pedophilia, which in July 2008 gave to SaferNet the opportunity to sign an agreement with federal prosecutors for a suspicious surveillance operation on internet. Evangelical Malta swallowed the Trojan horse as a fish would swallow bait.
Because of its controversial agenda threatening the security and the free-speech rights of Christians, SaferNet is not the right organization to deal with so serious subject as human rights on internet. However, similar lack of seriousness was not shown by Christian parliamentarians in the Brazilian Congress, whose representatives Henrique Afonso, Miguel Martini, João Campos and Pedro Ribeiro filed charges against the Ministry of Health for publishing and distributing in the public schools “material with clear pornographic content and introducing positive declarations and defense for the use and consumption of drugs”.
In their charge, the representatives denounce:
“About sexually transmitted diseases, the [government] book has drawings of people having (vaginal, anal e oral) sex. The drawings are provocative and horrible and, in our view, a real defense of pornography. When addressing anal sex, a figure shows a homosexual relation, this is, two men in the position of anal sexual relation. When addressing oral sex, the figures present two women showing the use of their tongues in the sexual relation”.
Next, they explain:
“We understand that there was no need to produce drawings of the different sexual relations to help students understand them. The figures, seen by children and adolescents, provoke impact and divert attention from the educational content. To expose children and adolescents to this kind of material is considered by psychologists and specialists a form of sexual abuse and is a far cry from the goal to educate”.
If sexual exploitation of children is a crime, then why does the Brazilian government throw gas on the fire of pornography in the public schools? After provoking a conflagration, the government seeks, with the SaferNet assistance, for other culprits, except for the State itself.
The 3rd World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, which should have strengthened exclusively the battle against pedophilia, not only favored Safernet in its broad and questionable agenda, but also left President Lula feeling comfortable to avoid the responsibility of his own administration on the psychological abuse of the public-school children’s sexuality. Instead of looking at the sexual exploitation his administration has been doing against public students, Lula preferred criticizing the “religious hypocrisy” regarding the sex education of children.
So Christians that do not cooperate by throwing gas on the child sexuality are accused of “hypocrisy” by the most holy Lula. Similar state schizophrenia happened when Lula launched in July 2007 his campaign to demonize as violence the parental right to use corporal discipline on their children. For his anti-family, anti-spanking campaign, Lula chose as his partner actress Xuxa, who participated in a 1982 pornographic movie, where she entices a 12-year boy. (The adjacent picture shows Xuxa with the 12-year boy on the bed.) This same administration, which distributes pornographic books in the public schools, now intends to fight pedophilia…
Emperor Nero, who persecuted Christians, burned Rome and next, laughing, he threw the fault on Christians. There is no doubt that the clever maneuvers to implant laws against “homophobia” and “religious intolerance” represent the mounting of a modern scheme to persecute Christians. Yet, no one imagined the Lula administration could use the battle against pedophilia as a Trojan horse. By criticizing the “religious hypocrisy” in the issue of sex education for children and by exempting his own administration, Lula throws on Christians the fault for the sexual conflagration that has been leading the Brazilian society to follies and crimes against children and adolescents.
Portuguese version of this article: Combate à pedofilia: cavalo-de-tróia estatal contra a “homofobia” e a “intolerância religiosa”?