Tag: Disability

Pity the Poor Pedophiles

Greece, my friends, is fucking doomed:

Greek disability groups expressed anger Monday at a government decision to expand a list of state-recognized disability categories to include pedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs.

The National Confederation of Disabled People called the action “incomprehensible.”

The Labor Ministry said categories added to the expanded list – that also includes pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists – were included for purposes of medical assessment.

But NCDP leader Yiannis Vardakastanis, who is blind, warned the new list could create new difficulties for disabled Greeks who are already facing benefit cuts due to the country’s financial crisis.

So criminal behavior is now a disability. If this catches in the states, of course, you will not be allowed to discriminate against people who might molest the kids, steal the staplers and set the drapes on fire. We already classify a number of behaviors like gambling as disabilities worthy of legal protection. But this is making the word “disability” effectively meaningless.

Look, I agree that there are behaviors that are just wired into people’s brains. They can’t help wanting to do the things they want to do. But they can help actually doing them. There are, for example, many pedophiles out there who know their desires are wrong and get help, even to the point of chemical castration. Just like there are people prone to gambling, drug abuse or violence who get help. These people can’t help their compulsions; but they can keep those compulsions from ruining their own lives and those of other people.

But classifying these things as a disability bring a whole set of laws and protections that are simply not appropriate. Society has limited resources to help people — Greek society especially. People’s money, time and basic kindness can only be spread so far. And I think we should concentrate our attention on actual disabilities, not dangerous compulsions.

The Beatings Will Continue

OK guys. Whaddya think? I should warn you that the video is disturbing, so I’m moving it below the fold. it shows a Texas judge beating his 16-year old daughter for downloading stuff from the internet. Oh, she has ataxic cerebral palsy. Sufferers frequently have difficulty communicating. The story is here. The follow-up, including an interview with the judge that makes him very unsympathetic is here.

So … over the line? Abusive? Should he be voted out of office?