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What the ACLU has Wrought

An Ohio man was arrested for sexually assaulting nine boys, all disabled. Call his defense ACLU inspired:

A suburban Cleveland man accused of sexually assaulting nine disabled boys told a judge Wednesday that his apartment was a religious sanctuary where smoking marijuana and having sex with children are sacred rituals protected by civil rights laws.

The admitted pedophile offered a surprising defense Wednesday to 74 charges of rape, drugs and pandering obscenity to minors.

Appearing in an Ohio court for a pretrial hearing, Phillip Distasio, 34, of Rocky River, Ohio, said he was a pedophile.

He told the judge, "I'm a pedophile. I've been a pedophile for 20 years. The only reason I'm charged with rape is that no one believes a child can consent to sex. The role of my ministry is to get these cases out of the courtrooms."

Distasio, a self-professed pagan friar, is representing himself on 74 charges. He said he's the leader of a church called Arcadian Fields Ministries, and that some of his congregants are among the victims in his case.


Police said they found journals at Distasio's apartment in which he described his illegal activities, along with child pornography and videotapes of him engaged in sex with boys, The Plain Dealer reported

"Not all pedophilia is bad, and sex [with boys] can be healthy," Distasio told the court.

This guy needs to be in prison, in the general population at that, for the rest of his life. Sex with boys will have a whole new meaning for him.

Jay at Stop the ACLU is right on:

Since the ACLU has "fought" for NAMBLA, for thrice-convicted child rapists to prowl parks and live within a stone's throw from day care centers, for young girls to have an abortion without parental notice and have had its leadership on record as supporting the distribution of child pornography and dropping the age of consent to 12, what would be inconsistent here?

Comments (24)

Prediction: The comments fo... (Below threshold)

Prediction: The comments for this post will devolve into accusing gay marriage advocates of being equal to pedophiles.

Carry on.

The comments for this po... (Below threshold)

The comments for this post will devolve into accusing gay marriage advocates of being equal to pedophiles"

No, not this close to the election. Sure they will think it, but the conservative whores are too eager for votes to offend people openly these days.

Check back on November 8th...

Yeah, so let's not condemn ... (Below threshold)

Yeah, so let's not condemn sex with little kids. The slippery slope theory of on-line debate is much more important!

Since the Dutch now have a ... (Below threshold)

Since the Dutch now have a political party for pedophiles, I thought that it wouldn't be that long until there was also one here in America, but I didn't think that someone would say that it was his religion.

Bait and Switch time for Tr... (Below threshold)

Bait and Switch time for Trolls.

Must have hit a nerve, challenging their dear and revered ACLU.

How disgusting.You... (Below threshold)

How disgusting.

You 2 Lee.

WOW - you talk about gay-ba... (Below threshold)

WOW - you talk about gay-bashing - JimK and Lee hear "pedophile" and immediately think of gay men, as though they assume all gay men are pedophiles. WOW.

The one and only thing that crossed my mind when reading the article is that Distasio is a sicko who needs to be off the streets permanently.

Cazndy, you can try your da... (Below threshold)

Cazndy, you can try your damndest to turn it around, but my comment was about those who ALWAYS, in every discussion about either subject, try to link the two.

Play cute with snarky comments all day if it pleases you, but we both know what I'm talking about.

Yeah, so let's not condemn sex with little kids.

If you think for one nano-second that I do not condemning pedophiles, you're not reading *my* words, you're making things up. I'll thank you not to build straw men against which to rail. Take issue with what I said, not what you wish I had said. I've watched any number of discussions about gay marriage or pedophilia here at Wizbang end up being corrupted by the more extreme members of the right, who always attempt to link the two so as to transfer the appropriate horror about pedophiles to an entirely inappropriate and incongrous subject matter.

That was what my comment was about. Sorry if it wasn't clear, next time I'll spell it out.

As for those attempting to link me to a "liberal" side in conjunction with Lee...maybe you should ask first. I'm fairly conservative, libertarian-esque and a gun-toting, Bush-voting, used-to-own-a-truck guy who happens to despise a few of the social positions my fellow righties take. I'm also an enemy of the ACLU as long as they insist that the Second Amendment is not worth defending. I happen to agree with Kim and Jay's assessment that this story is a side effect of too much ACLU interference in the judicial system. Not all points of view are worthy of protection. This pedophile's position is abhorrent to any rational adult.

Wait, let me see if I've go... (Below threshold)

Wait, let me see if I've got this straight.

This guy is having sex with underaged boys but we're debating whether or not he's gay?

What's the point of that?

Whether or not he's gay, whether or not pedophilia is a disease, this guy is dangerous to children everywhere. He needs to be locked up for good.

The truly scary thing about this is that there are people out there who will buy into this garbage - the religion crap, not the gay crap.

A number of years ago, I re... (Below threshold)

A number of years ago, I remember reading that some clowns started a "pagan" temple in Los Angeles where men could pay a fee to have sex with a "priestess." After the inevitable bust, the defendents claimed that this was 'worship' and thus protected by the first amendment. The judge laughed heartily as he declared them guilty as charged.

Something like this is going to happen here. Nobody, but nobody wants to countenance pedophilia in any way. The pedophile is going nowhere -- except to jail.

So, how about we strap this... (Below threshold)

So, how about we strap this guy to a Katyusha and launch him at Matamoros?

Not that there's anything w... (Below threshold)
Jerry Seinfeld:

Not that there's anything wrong with it.

rbabe, you've got it right.... (Below threshold)

rbabe, you've got it right.

If it was my kid, there wouldn't be a need for a trial, because there would be no defendent to prosecute. And it wouldn't take 20 years. I know that's not terribly "sensitive" to the "needs" of this "poor misunderstood man", but so be it. Pedophelia is absolutely unforgivable. The movement to somehow legitimize it ("Oh, my, it's a disease!") is a measure of the decline of our civilization.

Personally, I'm Old School: Nobody messes with my kid, or Hell is coming to breakfast.

"[snip]"Well, ther... (Below threshold)


Well, there's one good suggestion.

Pedophelia is abso... (Below threshold)
Pedophelia is absolutely unforgivable. The movement to somehow legitimize it ("Oh, my, it's a disease!") is a measure of the decline of our civilization.

I think you're confusing two different things there. Pedophelia is unforgivable and there is a movement to legitimize it, but the "It's a disease" crowd aren't the ones trying to legitimize it. It's the sick twists that refuse to acknowledge that it's a disease without a cure. It *is* a mental illness with an almost 100% recidivism rate. The only way to prevent a pedophile from harming more children is through prevantative measures: prison, supervision, massive counseling, drugs, chemical castration, supervision, supervision and more supervision. Some more prison would be nice too.

Make no mistake: It's a disease. It may as well be cancer for how it cannot be cured. No, when you hear some NAMBLA bastard going on about how it's NOT a disease and that they should be allowed to "love and guide" young boys, etc...that's when you worry.

Thirteen or younger, and au... (Below threshold)

Thirteen or younger, and autistic. What sort of autism is not mentioned, nor how well the boys function. I suspect he used the pot to put them at ease, and the porn to rouse their interest.

Kids that age are naturally curious about sex. But when you combine a young age and the attendant innocence with a disability such as autism, and you've got a volatile mixture.

The problem is not that the child has to be coerced into sex, twelve year old boys would do it willingly if they had the chance. The problem is that the typical autistic child does not understand as well, or in the same way, as a normal child of the same age. Kids that age are easily hurt as it is, something like autism makes it much worse.

Now take a manipulative psychopath like the typical pedophile and place a child in his hands. It could get bad.

Life without the possibility of parole would be best in such cases

I just noticed something ra... (Below threshold)

I just noticed something rather odd about stoptheaclu.org, and wondered if you guys know why this happens - the link in this story begins with "stoptheaclu.com", but when I find the homepage, it's "stoptheaclu.org" - do they just happen to own both? Wanted to be sure it was all the same site.

Hey, I just looked up "snar... (Below threshold)

Hey, I just looked up "snarky", because my comments were accused of being such - and it turns out they aren't. Sarcastic perhaps. Certainly uncalled for. But not snarky in the least. I am neither short-tempered nor am I irritable. However, I like the word and intend to use it at an appropriate time. Thanks, JimK.

Jim K - here I am again - J... (Below threshold)

Jim K - here I am again - Jay Tea straightened me out just now, explaining that I totally misread your comment at the beginning of this post from the git-go, and I apologize. I was ticked off that the first three comments sent us off track of this disgusting pervert.

Also - I was looking for Rockstar Supernova info after my husband missed the show the other night - and found out just now that you are the guy with the info.

I hope you'll accept my apology. I was going to do it in an email, but I prefer to make an ass of myself doing it publicly, since my original sarcastic comments were made publicly.

JimK, when I saw you and Ca... (Below threshold)

JimK, when I saw you and Candy squabbling, I was annoyed. I wanted to smack your heads together.

You two are on the same side of most issues, and I bet you are on this one, too. We got enough arguments going on around here without two folks who ought to be friendly going at it over a misunderstanding.

I already barked at Candy in private. Make nice, you two, will ya?


Boy, you guys don't miss an... (Below threshold)

Boy, you guys don't miss any opportunity to go after your favorite boogeymen, do you? I think it's just awful the way the ACLU is rushing to this guy's defense. Oh, wait a minute, I just read the article. Strangely enough, there's no mention of the ACLU. As a matter of fact, they don't seem to have any connection to this case at all. But that doesn't stop you from putting them in the headline, does it? And you call the MSM deceptive.

This makes about as much sense as claiming that supporters of the gay marriage ban have "wrought" Fred Phelps.

Just saw these comments...I... (Below threshold)

Just saw these comments...I hope Jay and Candy see this - I make nice!

I make very nice.

You're right of course, Jay, that we're on the same side really. Just a dumb intertubes squabble!

Our vitriol should be saved for horrible people like Distasio.

Well, JimK and Jay - looks ... (Below threshold)

Well, JimK and Jay - looks like all is "right" in the world again! (Just as it should be) :)

Well, huh. Wow. I must cl... (Below threshold)

Well, huh. Wow. I must claim ignorance on this current event until now. I do not understand why pedophiles are pedophiles, what I do understand is the children of not only this nation, but the world, are our most precious resource for the future, and no one has the right to alter their lives by exposing them to the degredation of sex for power, much less sex at all. Not quite sure all pedophiles are that way due to an empowerment issue. (I do not defend them, in any way, and I will not type the above statement again.) So, those of you out there who like to read between the lines, and make unfettered assumptions about everyone, in this case, you will be sadly wrong. Having said that, I have a few questions, well one glaring question at least. And, that is, who put these children in a situation where there was no supervision of this man, or if there was, how did he get away with it? Was it a government agency? And, if it was, how can we, (emphasis added) stop this horrible action from happening again? And, as far as aclu and nambla are interrelated, I claim ignorance on that point also. So, if anyone out there can direct me to a site that would tell me just what the hell the aclu was thinking, and it's relation to nambla, it would be greatly appreciated. So far in my search precious little, has been found by me.

Here's to a future of peace, love and prosperity for all on this planet hopefully sooner than later.







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