Unfortunately, his article is not complete... he seems to have missed a few of the important parts; but don't worry - we're nice people here at Absolute Zero and we thought for a change we'd help 'Alex' and the other RSOLer's out by filling in a few of the blanks and by bringing a bit of clarity to some of the 'fuzzy' parts in their version of the 'History of the RSOL.'
Let's start where the RSOL comes in:
Marbury claims that the RSOL was formed in 1998 out of fear of repressive laws against mainly homosexual people:
This was a perfect environment to foster paranoia and to single out convenient and exaggerated scapegoats - like queers who spread AIDS, or sexual predators who prey on children."Homosexual" is not the word for it though. Check out the original 1998 post on BoyChat, which tells a slightly different story to Marburys version of events:
It was amid this growing repression of sexual freedom that the original signatories of RSOL's predecessor, "The Call to Safeguard Our Children and Our Liberties," (The Call) came together in Boston in 1998.
Last year, the brutal rape and murder of a young boy in Cambridge triggered a wave of indignation which targeted all 'pedophiles.' Supporters of the death penalty in Massachusetts used this case and almost prevailed. A national group called the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) was especially assailed, with calls in public meetings to find and kill local members, even though NAMBLA was not implicated in the crime. [Roman Catholic] Cardinal Bernard Law was quoted a saying, "This is the closest thing I've seen to a lynch mob since my days in Mississippi."In other words, the RSOL was formed in response to the public's outrage when two men sexually assaulted and murdered a child after reading NAMBLA material.
Next, Marbury mentions how the original statement was first drafted.
Meeting both at the American Friends Service Committee in Cambridge and at Roxbury Community College in Boston, community activists who had worked together in peace and civil rights movements, and most recently in solidarity groups to support democracy in Haiti, began to draft their original statement.Ahhh Roxbury Community College... isn't that where NAMBLA Activist and RSOL signatory Tom Reeves was a professor? Anyway, Marbury describes the founding members of the RSOL as "community activists who had worked together in peace and civil rights movements" I guess you could call them that, or you could say...
Participants included women who are incest and sex abuse survivors, NAMBLA members, anti-censorship and civil liberties activists, feminists, gay and lesbian people, health-care workers, church activists, peace and social justice activists, academics, and those who work with prisoners."Or maybe re-phrase that to...
Participants included women who are incest and sex abuse survivors, boy-lovers, anti-censorship and civil liberties activists, feminists, gay and lesbian people, health-care workers, church activists, peace and social justice activists, academics, and those who work with prisoners.Whichever way you fancy, really.
Further on down the page, Marbury talks about the RSOL's involvement in a rally to release sex offenders refusing treatment at Coalinga State Hospital:
"A public rally by sex offenders was organized in March 2008 by Voices of the Gulag ( http://www.sexgulag.org) to draw attention to non-violent sex offenders committed to the California state civil commitment center at Coalinga, and to a whole series of rights violations against detainees. It was cosponsored by the Friends & Families of Coalinga Detainees and RSOL. Among the speakers was Paul Shannon of RSOL, by phone, and Tom Madison in person."It's a little known fact, but not a surprising one by now...
Anyone care to guess who also attended?
It really is no surprise:
Click here to read NAMBLA's write-up on the Coalinga rally: "Walking the Line" written by Joe Power (shown above) who has said:
"I will assert that the persecution of man/boy relationships is a symptom of a much deeper societal disease - the artificially manipulated fear of sexual freedom."Watch the video here as we see Tom Madison standing proudly beside "Starchild" as he demands the legalization of child pornography and the decriminalization of grooming children for sex.
I'm guessing Marbury didn't want people to see the post by Richard Kramer, (which he put up, but shortly afterward took down), criticizing sex offender activists for comments they made drawing distinctions between themselves and pedophiles. Marbury plugs Kramers organization in his article about the history of the RSOL anyway:
"Other groups still exist. B4Uact, a Maryland group whose purpose is to keep pedophiles from acting on their desires, and to help get public support for this hated and scapegoated group. B4Uact's position is that pedophilia is, like homosexuality, an orientation not chosen by individuals, but genetics."While pedophiles don't get to choose whether or not they're sexually attracted to children, they do get to choose whether or not they seek help and treatment or whether they want to embrace their pedophilia and abuse children. Marbury states that B4U-Act aims to keep pedophiles from acting on their desires; however Michael Melsheimer, B4U-Act's director says otherwise:
Our site changed in December 2008 because of the statement you quoted. Be assured you will find no current reference to prevention of offending. You can take that to the bank.B4U-Act is the last place pedophiles who don't want to act on their desires should go, next to places like GirlChat of course. But then again, Melsheimer even refers pedophiles he's come into contact with through B4U-Act, to GirlChat where children are openly sexualized and pedophilia is encouraged. How's that for "keeping pedophiles from acting on their desires?"
In closing, Marbury was right about one thing in his article: "Truth and reason can never be silenced."