Greece Declares Pedophilia A Disability [Post Updated With A Correction]

At the very least, something tells me this is a really stupid thing to do when you are running a country that has no money:

The Greek government is being denounced by the National Confederation of Disabled People after it added pedophiles, exhibitionists, and kleptomaniacs to the list of disabled people entitled to state benefits. They have joined pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists as persons entitled to ask for government assistance.

For example, a pyromaniac or pedophiles is now entitled to disability pay up to 35 percent while a diabetic is entitled to only 10 percent disability. Presumably, a diabetic pedophiles could received 45 percent disability, so it might be useful for diabetics to claim an interest in child or fires or both.

As Greece struggles with demands to reduce its bloated state funding, this is not a useful step.

To say the very least.

Update: As noted in the comments, there’s a correction to the story worth noting:

In a story Jan. 9 about definitions of disability in Greece, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the addition of groups such as pedophiles and kleptomaniacs to a list of the disabled could be used to grant them disability benefits. Their inclusion on the list will not be used to provide benefits.

So, it’s a disability, but not necessarily one that will entitle one to benefits. Pedophilia. A disability. Let’s think about that one for a second.

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Comments

  1. Vast Variety says:

    Well, it is Greece, it’s part of the ancient heritage… even if it is disgusting.

  2. PJ says:

    There’s a correction:

    In a story Jan. 9 about definitions of disability in Greece, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the addition of groups such as pedophiles and kleptomaniacs to a list of the disabled could be used to grant them disability benefits. Their inclusion on the list will not be used to provide benefits.

  3. walt moffett says:

    Treating pedophilia as a disability does make some sense with the trend for basically life long forced hospitalization after completion of sentence.

    FWIW, here’s a link to SSA regulation in effect from 1968 – 1979, under 12.04 (use your browser’s search function) functional non psychotic disorders “Life-long, habitual, and inappropriate patterns of behavior manifested by … antisocial or amoral behavior (including pathologic sexuality) manifested by: (a) inability to learn from experience and inability to conform with accepted social standards, leading to repeated conflicts with society or authority and (b) by psychopathology documented by mental status examination and the results of appropriate, standardized psychological tests” could be considered a disability.

    Remember though, this regulation is no longer in effect.

  4. Nightrider says:

    The Fox News team must have wet themselves when they heard this

  5. We know that certain crimes can be tied to organic brain injury. The Texas tower sniper famously had his brain tumor. There was also this:

    Doctors say pedophile lost urge after brain tumor removed

    I don’t know if the Greeks are ahead on the science, or just weird, on this but it is a more complicated world than when there was just good and evil, and disease did not play a role.

    (I don’t know how often it pops up, but years ago a co-worker turned violent, lost his girlfriend, etc., and was only months later diagnosed with a brain tumor.)

  6. Carson says:

    “release the Kraken!”