Ona (Thailand) wrote:
You are like a Christian trying to argue there is a non-literal interpretation of the Bible, in a form of apologism for the outlandishness of the beliefs of the religiously delusional. There is a reason why people get locked up for sentences equivalent to actually doing what is in pictures they look at, and it is not because these people are using this logic figuratively, the people who preach these things literally in their insanity believe them to be true, that is why they say them, that is why their actions reflect them, they are followers of a religion that was fashioned out of a collection of prison industry propaganda.
How the Christian Bible can be interpreted non-literally does not seem to make sense -- since it is said by believers to be the Word of God.2.
For the second point, I really believe that people mean this in a metaphoric sense. It would surprise me if people were to believe that magical voodoo were at work. Common sense tells us that if a man were to look at a naked image of a 10 year old girl and she would feel a sharp pin prick on her arm -- then 10,000 men viewing this from the deep web using Tor would give her a fatal heart attack. People who ostensibly claim a voodoo effect must be either using the term figuratively or they are being disingenuous in a similar way to how insensitive Westerners throw the phrase "Karma is a b*tch" around to describe people who were punished for their bad behavior. As you know, this is not how Karma works in Hinduism and Buddhism.
If you could provide us a sample of a case where it is claimed that every time a paedophile looks at a photo of a child then a child is being hurt, we could examine this in depth. Keep in mind that people who are bound by identity politics or who are social activists feel that they must use dramatic gestures to become noticed by society. If you were to ask such a person who claims to believe in such a thing and ask about the physical mechanism of how
the child is come to be hurt, the person likely could not give you an answer -- perhaps because the person does not really believe it and was just throwing the phrase around (similar to the phrase which mis-describes Karma) in order to shock and overcome any resistance to the ideologic position. This is similar to an "either-or" kind of thinking where the U.S. former president George Bush Jr once claimed that if we don't stand behind the fight against Evil, then we are One with the Terrorists. Subsequently a former Canadian Government Minister once claimed that if we are not with them in the fight against child pornography, then we are one with the pornographers. These are all simple and common tactics used by minority-view rights activists to get their views adopted by mainstream society. Sadly we are all falling for it.
There are many such cases, here is one that was analyzed on human-stupidity.com
“However, what he didn’t turn his mind to at the time is that merely having possession and viewing images such as this does victimize and hurt the individual portrayed in the image. He appreciates that now.” Senior gets jail time, probation for having single image of child pornography
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"we hear that in court that they feel like they are victimized every single time someone downloads their videos or looks at their videos they feel like they are being raped all over again,” said Canonico.
We don't even need to analyze their fundamentalist beliefs to show their insanity though, do you think they were also being figurative when they claimed that the CP industry is a 20 billion dollar industry, despite having absolutely no evidence for this, and it actually being contradicted by reality? Did they say 20 billion figuratively? The risk I run of showing you how insane these people are, is that you will rationalize their insanity to not be dumbfounded at how it could be that these people are actually in power, so if you want to argue about if people actually believe in voodoo theory literally or if it is just a figure of speech, what about their false claims of the billion dollar CP industry, or any of their other claims for that matter?
You need to keep in mind that almost half of people in the USA strongly believe that the Universe came in to existence 10,000 years ago and the first humans were Adam and Eve, their entire history is disconnected from reality, like they have a completely separate time line from reality, even as recently as the formation and early foundation of the USA is almost complete fabricated by them, many of them believe the USA was founded as a religious nation after the founders fled from Christian oppression in the UK, like their entire history is false, their entire theory of how man came into existence is false, they think language existed prior to humans and from the beginning of time, that a magical Jew lives in sky and is waging a war against a demon that they need to participate in, and they commonly converse with themselves as if they are actually communicating with a being that doesn't exist, like the list really goes on and on of their beliefs that are completely disconnected from reality, and that is only focusing on one thing, many people also anti-vaxx, like there is just an abundance of completely insane beliefs in the minds of people in USA, so why do you think that they are not serious when they explicitly claim that looking at CP causes the people depicted to be hurt and to be like they are raped all over again, they obviously really believe this they literally treat the issue as if the people looking at such images are raping children and they say looking at such images causes them to be raped all over again, so yeah they honestly actually do believe in this but we don't even need to focus on their most fundamentalist mystical beliefs we can look at ones that are less rabidly insane.