New Jersey Superior Court Judge Stephen W. Thompson, who traveled to Russia to have sex with a teenage boy, was convicted by a federal jury last week on a charge of sexual exploitation of children. The judge also produced a videotape of sex with a minor and then transported that videotape back to the United States. Judge Thompson is associated with the North American Man Boy Love Association, a group which promotes sexual relations between adult men and children. NAMBLA is currently represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
It's this type of activity that puts the ACLU in the position of being ridiculed. "Civil Liberties" are a damn good thing to defend -- as in "Love" between two consenting adults. "Man-Boy Love" -- should that be defended as a "Civil Liberty"? It's not Liberty for the Boy when a Man takes advantage of him. Perhaps they are confusing "taking liberties" with someone with Liberty? Or. perhaps a certain number of the ACLU lawyers are themselves members of NAMBLA?