Too Much Tolerance: Pedophilia Debate Hits Germany’s FDP

By on September 6, 2013
A general view shows FDP headquarters in Berlin

In November of 1982, Germany’s business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP), today the junior coalition party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives, threw a party at the close of its federal convention. The invitations promising “disco and discussion” went out not only to party members who had participated in the convention in Berlin, but also to a selection of gays, lesbians — and pedophiles. The invitation bore the FDP logo, emblazoned at the bottom right, and explicitly welcomed “Lesbians and Liberals, Gossips and Sisters, Celebrities and Pederasts.”

The gathering was organized by the working group on homosexuality of the party’s regional association in Berlin. Jürgen Kunze, regional party chair, signed off on it. The invitation also went to at least 26 party functionaries. No one raised any opposition.

Pedophiles and the FDP? Deputy party chair Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, who serves as Germany’s Justice Minister, is sure there must be some mistake. “Pedophilia was not and is not an issue in the FDP. Not in the party’s history and certainly not today,” she told daily newspaper Die Welt threeweeks ago.

But that isn’t true. Documents from archives linked to the FDP show that the classically liberal party decidedly did demonstrate tolerance and support for pedophiles’ views in the early 1980s.

Working for Decriminalization

For one thing, the Young Democrats, the FDP’s youth organization at the time, resolved at its general assembly in March 1980 to support the removal of Paragraphs 174 and 176, which forbid sexual abuse of children and teenagers, from the German Criminal Code.

This tolerance of pedophiles’ views, though, went far beyond just the FDP-funded Young Democrats. From today’s perspective it seems incomprehensible that the FDP ever discussed decriminalizing sex between adults and children. But in the wake of the massive societal changes brought about by the “1968 generation,” many in the FDP, much like their counterparts in the Green Party during the same period, were no longer certain where the boundaries of tolerance should lie. And many in the party felt an obligation to aid the project of emancipation.

“This was the spirit of all those who saw themselves as working for civil rights and wanted to liberate society completely from the ‘fug’ of Adenauer’s republic and from the ‘anti-sex bigotry’ of Catholicism,” writes Franz Walter, a professor in Göttingen who is investigating the Green Party’s past entanglement with pedophiles.

That liberal spirit brought about the long overdue decriminalization of homosexuality, but also led to calls to do away with Paragraphs 174 and 176. According to Walter, the FDP was “unquestionably the first place to turn” for civil rights activists and sexual reformers. In its struggle to achieve the highest possible degree of liberality, the party lost perspective.

‘Working Group on Pedophilia’

A campaign ad for the FDP ahead of Berlin’s 1981 state parliament election provides a prime example. “The taboo is broken!” reads the heading, followed by text praising five of the party’s initiatives. In addition to worthwhile projects such as a counseling center for gays and lesbians in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, the FDP also obtained government funding for the General Homosexual Working Group (AHA). At the time, AHA didn’t just advocate the urgently needed decriminalization of homosexuality — it was also a lobbying group for pedophiles.

This meant taxpayers’ money went to an organization whose “Working Group on Pedophilia” called for a reform of Germany’s sex crime legislation, offered support to pedophiles facing trial and published corresponding views on these subjects in the country’s newspapers. Olaf Stüben, one of the most famous and outspoken pedophiles of the period, was coordinator of AHA at the time the ad was published.

FDP members of the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, also took up the subject of sex crime legislation. On May 5, 1981, the FDP’s parliamentary group invited experts to a hearing on the possibility of repealing the notorious Paragraph 175, which made homosexuality a crime.

The 11 experts who accepted the invitation included lawyers specializing in criminal law, sex researchers, a social worker and two gay activists. And among them were two professors, Rüdiger Lautmann and Helmut Kentler, both known at the time for their pro-pedophilia stance. Lautmann, a sociologist, told the parliamentarians that current beliefs concerning “age differences, the behavior of the younger party and the nature of the sexual contact” were entirely incorrect.

A Presentation on Pedophile Therapy

Kentler, a sex researcher who taught social education at Hanover University, even sat on the board of the German Study and Working Group on Pedophilia (DSAP) in 1980. At his appearance before the FDP parliamentary group, he presented a report on a project in Berlin being funded by the city’s senate.

As a psychologist, Kentler explained, he worked with children in the foster care system who suffered from “secondary mental retardation.” Starting in 1970, he explained, he placed these boys, ages 13 to 15, in the homes of pedophiles. He felt he had a good reason for doing so. “These people were able to put up with these retarded boys only because they were in love with them, infatuated with them, crazy about them,” Kentler said. He added that these “relationships” were closely supervised.

It was an outrageous act, a professor of psychology placing vulnerable young people at the mercy of self-confessed pedophiles. Yet this didn’t seem to disturb the FDP parliamentarians. According to a transcript of the hearing, there were no interjections or questions.

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  • frankfan42

    Outrageous, and they should be deeply ashamed and apologize for this. Pedophilia is criminal, immoral and against Scripture. What is it with modern day “Demoncrats?”

    • d hef

      Yes Frank, Pedophilia is abhorrent behavior and should be dealt with justly. And you won’t find one democrat that will disagree with that. Not sure why you lump the two together. Do a little research and get the full story.

      • frankfan42

        Lets be honest here, there ARE in fact people who support pedophilia, and some of them are indeed democrats. As one who worked in a prison and actually talked with child molesters and others who treat them I feel fairly well qualified to discuss my personal observations- and then there is the little pesky FACT that the young democrats, the FDP, resolved to attempt removal of paragraphs 174 and 176 which forbid the sexual abuse of children and teens, from the germany criminal code. It is amazing, is it not, how stubborn facts can be when we examine them dispassionately?

        • d hef

          I sincerely dispute that anybody advocates and supports adults having sex or molesting children. If you’re talking to pedophiles in prison then your reference point is irrationally skewed to that of the view of an actual pedophile so it would lose any real merit. You make the extreme, and inaccurate, leap of pedophilia and homosexuality being one and the same and then the absurd link of democrats supporting pedophilia. This is where you lose any credibility with any clear, thinking, unbiased individual.

          I’ll just cut & paste what I posted above regarding 174 & 176.

          A perfect example of the slant of this Trunews site wording their article to suit their views, such as linking pedophilia with homosexuality. If you do a little research you will easily find that these two paragraphs of the German Criminal Code were written and modified over the years to illegalize and imprison adult homosexuals. Originally written in 1871, the two laws were changed regularly and with much more fervor during WWII by the Nazis, to clearly criminalize homosexual behavior, specifically targeting young men in there 20′s and 18 & 19 year old men,thereby inprisoning thousands, many of which died in concentration camps.
          The efforts of the FDP were to decriminalize homosexuality, and help men in their late teens, and beyond, with the legal system. yet this article goes out of it’s way to twist homosexuality & pedophile as one and the same.
          Now I know many of you in these threads feel that death is what even adult homosexuals deserve, and I couldn’t disagree more, but seriously, TRUNEWS???? As much so as FoxNews is fare and balanced.

          Regardless of your religious views, homosexuality and pedophilia are two very, very different traits. To equate the two just continues to show an unbalanced bias in your thinking in general. And let me try to make it even more clear to you. I do not advocate or support pedophilia or pedophiles. I do however think that a 25 year old homosexual male or female should be able to engage in mutually agreed sex acts with young men or women 18 or 19 years old, as those teens are considered adults throughout the world. The laws the the FDP were targeting were being abused to imprison these particular individuals… by the thousands. Research it and examine those same facts you touted above, and try to do it with out the bias you have expressed thus far. In other words, follow your own advice.

          • frankfan42

            Your capacity to distort and refute reality is amazing, you may not be overtly gay, but are you by chance a politician?
            1. Yes, there are in fact organizations that promote pedophilia- therefor, by definition, these are people who not only support but advocate pedophilia. NAMBLA is one- national assoc. man boy love assoc. (sick)
            2. Pedophiles now want their “rights” now that gays are out of the closet- some are openly making that statement

          • d hef

            I had never heard of NAMBLA until you mentioned it. Yes, a sick idea indeed. But I stand by my earlier comments about the 174 & 176 issue. Do some research.
            You, distort the truth when you say “Pedophilia is criminal, immoral and against Scripture. What is it with modern day “Demoncrats?”.
            I guess in your eyes all democrats are demons that advocate pedophilia. Now there’s a balanced non distorted truth isn’t it Frank. Do I need to put in Sarcasm quotes for you?
            And no Frank, not a politician, and no I don’t hate jesus and god and religions as others have suggested. I’m just someone that is tired of self righteous people, such as yourself, distorting the truth to suit there narrow world view.

          • frankfan42

            3. You attack Trunews unfairly- They collate the news, they are a ministry which reports the news, they do not have a staff who writes it.
            4. If you seek real answers they are to be found in the owners manual- commonly known as the Bible. God himself wishes that no one should perish for their sin, this is why he sent HIS SON to earth to live and to die HORRIBLY for us so that ALL of us need only ask to be saved. Christians are not without sin, we forgive each other as our heavenly Father forgives us, but the key is not to wallow in our sin, but to turn from it, or repent. Recall that Jesus, while hanging on The Cross, forgave a sinner who confessed and repented. Those who will not repent sentence themselves to death. I ask you to search your heart. Are there sins that are keeping you from the Cross? Ask for forgiveness and ask Jesus to come into your life. Its never too late. God Bless ya.

    • Thomas

      Yes Frank, you know that homosexuals cannot reproduce, so they must recruit. So they want access to children in the Boy Scouts, and to teach grade-school children how to commit the most depraved acts, and to have children read trash like “Heather Has Two Mommies.” All justifications of Leviticus 20:13 and what Jesus said should be done with those who cause the little children to err in Luke 17:2 Azazel, in the Book of Enoch, is one of the chief demons involved in sexual debauchery. Azazel also goes by the female persona Lillith, and where male queers get their femininity and lisp is tied to this name: “ths” Lillith.

  • DemolitionMan57

    “That liberal spirit brought about the long overdue decriminalization of homosexuality, but also led to calls to do away with Paragraphs 174 and 176. According to Walter, the FDP was “unquestionably the first place to turn” for civil rights activists and sexual reformers. In its struggle to achieve the highest possible degree of liberality, the party lost perspective”.
    This is where we are heading, slowly, in this country. The FDP no doubt is a communist front group. First legalize and mainstream homosexuality/lesbianism/
    transgender, then pedophelia. Is it any wonder Christians especially are fighting this whole thing.

    • d hef

      “First legalize and mainstream homosexuality/lesbianism/
      transgender, then pedophelia”. Jeesh!!!
      Better not let the women speak their mind. Next thing you know their gonna expect to be able to vote. Hmmm I wonder if your kind may have thought that way at one point too.

  • Thomas

    Lets see: 40 children kidnapped from Christians, and the German government into pedophilia. What would happen if you tried to take the cubs away from the mother bear? The fact that people let their children be taken without resistance is proof that many people are dumber than animals. These Christian people should have been in obedience to Luke 22:36, so that they would know what to do and when!!

  • d hef

    A perfect example of the slant of this Trunews site wording their article to suit their views, such as linking pedophilia with homosexuality. If you do a little research you will easily find that these two paragraphs of the German Criminal Code were written and modified over the years to illegalize and imprison adult homosexuals. Originally written in 1871, the two laws were changed regularly and with much more fervor during WWII by the Nazis, to clearly criminalize homosexual behavior, specifically targeting young men in there 20′s and 18 & 19 year old men,thereby inprisoning thousands, many of which died in concentration camps.
    The efforts of the FDP were to decriminalize homosexuality, and help men in their late teens, and beyond, with the legal system. yet this article goes out of it’s way to twist homosexuality & pedophile as one and the same.
    Now I know many of you in these threads feel that death is what even adult homosexuals deserve, and I couldn’t disagree more, but seriously, TRUNEWS???? As much so as FoxNews is fare and balanced.

    • TrunewsAdmin

      The article was not modified prior to posting.

      • d hef

        Perhaps not, but there is definitely more to the story that puts things in a very different context. Having a philosophical difference with homosexuality is one thing. To equate homosexuality with pedophilia shows a very biased reporting and viewpoint. It would be much more constructive to discuss each topic on their own merits. If TRUNEWS simply copied and pasted this article from elsewhere then TRUNEWS did just that, copied and pasted a particularly, biased article without any real reporting to add to the conversation. So thank you you for clearing that up. I stand by my earlier comment.

        • d hef

          I’m sorry. I should have said “any real research”. TRUNEWS did, with a reporters help I assume, repost an article by someone else. That apparently was the extent of any research done on the topic of the article.