Excellent summary, and that is exactly how I read his responses. I think we can accurately say that most/all on this board abhor child abuse of any type, especially sexual abuse. Having said that, I've seen too many rushing to judgment on this topic whenever it comes up. I understand this topic elicits strong emotions; I'm a father and from the time both my children were born I built a force shield around them, protecting them from the Borg, elders and anyone else who tried to harm them. My leaving the Borg was due in very large part to my desire to allow my children to live their lives unfettered from such control. Anyone who would have harmed them would have met with the full intensity of my anger. I would die for my children; I would kill for them.
Having said that, it should not be so very difficult to bring rational, balanced and fair-minded thought to this topic. I do not see that from a lot of posters. Rushing to judment accomplishes nothing. Mis-quoting or mis-stating someone's comments accomplishes nothing. Convicting others in kangaroo courts accomplishes nothing. It does not make those doing such more just, more fair, more concerned or more protective of children. It simply makes those responding in such a knee jerk, over-reactionary and broad brushed manner appear a bit un-hinged and a lot irrational. I've seen the exact same responses from some on this topic in general and on the "Pedo elder" and Woody Allen OPs.
And those of us who would prefer to bring fair mindedness to this topic (as I try to do with every topic) should not have to be accused by the reactionaries of being pro-abuse or closet pedophiles. That is disgusting. VG, you are capable of excellent posts - rational, well thought and balanced. But your emotional over-reaction and broad brushed approach to so many posts causes you to lose your credibility, as I've pointed out before. It is likely this tendency has impacted your professional career and personal lilfe as well.
That's why, other than this comment, I typically avoid these OPs. Good luck to you all arguing these points. And VG, please don't respond by calling me an idiot. Again. I am 100% spot on accurate. Not everyone chastising you is your enemy and not everyone agreeing with you or telling you sweet things with sweet words is your friend.