Tom Flanagan Taking Hard Hits For His Views On Child Porn

On Feb 27 2013 YouTube user Arnell Tailfeathers uploaded a video of Former Advisor for the Prime Minister, Tom Flanagan making a comment about child pornography. At the time Mr. Flanagan was a professor at the University of Calgary.

The First Nations person in the video confronted Mr. Flanagan because of a previous comment he made in 2009 which was reported by The Manitoban student newspaper, when he said and asked “what’s wrong with child pornography – in the sense that it’s just pictures?”
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“A lot of people on my side of the spectrum, the conservative side of the spectrum, have been on kind of a jihad against pornography and child pornography in particular. And I certainly have no sympathy for child molesters, but I do have some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures”
~ Tom Flanagan

Flanagan was a key player in Stephen Harper’s political rise to Prime Minister of Canada. Flanagan managed his leadership campaigns for the Canadian Alliance (2002) and the Conservative Party of Canada (2004).
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The University of Calgary announced on Thursday Mr.Flanagan, was retiring after a 45-year teaching career because of the controversy over his views on child pornography.

The Globe and Mail reported that :
- he was denounced by the office of Mr. Harper.
- he was relieved of his commentary duties with the CBC.
- he was told he’d no longer have any “formal or informal” role with Alberta’s Wildrose Party

The president of University of Calgary, Elizabeth Cannon, stated his comments “absolutely do not represent the views” of the institution.

Andrew MacDougall, a spokesman for Mr. Harper’s office, wrote on Twitter that the comments were “repugnant, ignorant, and appalling.”

Mr. Flanagan says that it’s an issue of personal liberty and to what extent we put people in jail for doing something in which they do not harm another person.

A friend of mine said it is a form statism to jail someone for looking at child porn.

STATISM – A political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs.

In this case I’d have to disagree.

Getting sexual gratification from looking at pictures of a ‘crime scene’ is unlawful in my opinion.

True law stems from spiritual beliefs, morality and intuition.
- Do not harm anyone
- Do not steal from anyone
- Do not vandalize property
- Honor contracts you sign

Everything else that is criminal basically stems from those 4 points. Do not harm anyone can include murder, also include mental or physical harm.

Looking at adult pornography is not necessarily a crime because adults with mature minds made the decision and consented to do sexual acts in front of a camera. It can be a form of digital prostitution but that’s up for debate and another topic.

To take pics of naked kids for sexual gratification would involve deception and persuasion to convince the child to pose naked or to do a sexual act. This is a form of sexual abuse!

Child sexual abuse or child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation.[1][2] Forms of child sexual abuse include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of the outcome), indecent exposure (of the genitals, female nipples, etc.) to a child with intent to gratify their own sexual desires or to intimidate or groom the child, physical sexual contact with a child, or using a child to produce child pornography.
~ Wikipedia

In a study of convicted child molesters, 77 percent of those who molested boys and 87 percent of those who molested girls admitted to the habitual use of pornography in the commission of their crimes.iii Besides stimulating the perpetrator, pornography facilitates child molestation in several ways. For example, pedophiles use pornographic photos to demonstrate to their victims what they want them to do. They also use them to arouse a child or to lower a child’s inhibitions and communicate to the unsuspecting child that a particular sexual activity is okay: “This person is enjoying it; so will you.”
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Research victims of sexual abuse, they are traumatized. Its hurting the child to make them do such things, especially in front of camera.

Imagine if you were a victim of abuse and your abuse was recorded on camera and perverted pedophiles from all around the world still look at the footage to get off on.

For someone to watch the product of the crime (pictures or videos of naked kids) are no better than those who are taking the pictures and are just as guilty. They should be charged lawfully.


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  1. This kind of comment makes me wonder about the people in power positions in this country.

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