Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Savile claims are just the tip of the iceberg

Amid the outcry aimed at Jimmy Savile, most commentators fail to mention that this rotten wurzel was just one in the field of festering tubers.

Some of us remember that, in the 1970s, there was a wholly legal Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in operation, that the science-fiction author Sir Arthur C Clarke was a self-confessed paedophile, who lived in Ceylon where he could sexually abuse young boys with impunity, that sex-tourism to the Far East for the purpose of abusing children was carried out on a large scale and that, from churches to schools, sexual abuse was rife.

Add to this the general sexualisation of children.

In the 1960s, homosexuals were regarded as criminals and could be put in jail; in 2012, those who risk jail are clergymen who refuse to marry them in church.

From pretending that child-abuse is a harmless play we've now progressed to banning parents from photographing school plays.

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