Originally Posted by Vortex
I know emotions tend to run high when children are involved (as they probably should), but the objective scientist in me wants to put emotions and politics aside and ask...
Well, I for one appreciate the objective scientist. Just as I don't want every international adversary labeled a terrorist, I don't think every individual who violates the age of consent should automatically be labeled a pedophile. In states where the age of consent is 18, wouldn't this greatly increase the number of people defined as pedophiles? I just don't think that is helpful in trying to understand who is a pedophile and what can be done about it to protect children.
Mark Foley is losing his career in Congress over his actions, and I think most Americans agree that is the proper initial punishment. A consensus also seems to have been reached that an investigation is necessary to determine if Mr. Foley ever attempted to solicit sex from a minor. From the evidence available at the moment, does that instant message (see my previous post for link) qualify as soliciting sex from a minor?