I do not think it has to do with celibacy as pedophiles have been active for thousands of years throughout all belief systems and religions.
My sister is Jehovah Witness and learned to NEVER leave her children...not for one second...with any elder, or church member, whether male or female. If she could not be present then the children did not attend that function.
All christian sects are well known for sexual abuse of children but they are not the only ones.
(from Talmud and other jewish religion books)
Traditionally, pedophilia was accepted in Judaism though I do not think it is openly practised today.
“Sexual intercourse with a little girl is permitted if she is three years of age.”
– A Jew may have sex with a child as long as the child is less than nine years old.
- A Jew may marry a three year old girl (specifically, three years “and a day” old).
The Anglicans are able to marry, as in all other Christian-based sects, and these are well known for pedophilia and corruption. Marriage does not solve the deep-based psychological problems which motivate the behaviour.
Islam has its own share of the same and is well known for sexual abuse of boys, girls and rape of women.
Unitarianism: no religion or cult is excluded from this scourge of darkness.
Hindu Law books prescribe that the best partner for a man in one-third his age. Thus a man 18 year old should marry a girl 6 years old! "A man, aged thirty years, shall marry a maiden of twelve who pleases him, or a man of twenty-four a girl of eight years of age." Hinduism has promoted child-rape/pedophilia for centuries.
Buddhism is not innocent either. Pedophilia is entrenched for many centuries as formalized sexual relationships were the norm between boy monks and adult monks.
The one trait that is shared by these men is that they are convinced they are powerful and deserving to have every aberrant whim fulfilled to sate their dark desires. The welfare of their prey does not enter into the picture. Many become imams, priests, ministers or rabbis in order to be in a trusted position of authority over children and adults so they can have ready access to a large pool of potential victims.
Religions are men's clubs, safe havens for pedophiles and rapists. Quote from a prison psychologist, "They are crazy beyond repair and have the constant desire to hurt women and children. No amount of prayer or psychotherapy is going to change their desire to reoffend." A police officer once said, "They hide behind the man of the cloth (clergy)."
Let us not ignore the Charlie Mansons, the Children of God, Scientology, Order of the Solar Temple, Branch Davidians (Koresh), Unification Church or Jim Jones abuse of and massacre of those men, women and children who were unfortunate enough to follow him. There are so many, many more venues for these predators to excel at their chosen vice. This post doesn't even scratch the surface.
Religions are men's clubs, safe havens for pedophiles and rapists. A prison psychologist once told me, "They are crazy beyond repair and have the constant desire to hurt women and children. No amount of prayer or psychotherapy is going to change their desire to reoffend." A police officer once told me, "They hide behind the man of the cloth (clergy)."
Then there are the sports coaches, educators, medical professionals and daycare centres which attract the pedophiles.
It is about control, abuse of power and betrayal of trust. Pedophilia, rape and sexual abuse is prevalent throughout our world and throughout the centuries global societies have ignored this issue.
Last edited by Elder; May 20th, 2011 at 07:03 PM..Reason: editing