Man OK with pedophilia loses bid to teach kids

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The University of Hawaii did not violate a student's First Amendment rights by deciding he was unfit to become a teacher because he said "child predation should be legal," the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday. Mark Oyama earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Master's Degree in physics from the University of Hawaii prior to enrolling in the Manoa campus' post-baccalaureate education program. But Oyama made "statements concerning sexual relationships between adults and children were of central concern to the faculty," according to the three-judge Ninth Circuit panel which upheld an April 2013 district court grant of summary judgment in favor of the university after Oyama sued. Oyama argued that his statements were protected by the First Amendment because they were made "in an academic, intellectual setting."

In a class assignment Oyama wrote, "Personally I think that online child predation should be legal, and find it ridiculous that one could be arrested for comments they make on the Internet." He went on to write that "real life child predation should be legal" as long as it's consensual and that the age of consent should be "either 0, or whatever age a child is when puberty begins." When professors discussed the disconcerting statements with Oyama, he said it would be "fine for a 12-year-old student to have consensual sex with a teacher, but that he would obey the law and report the teacher," according to the panel's 46-page opinion.

source: Article 'Man OK With Pedophilia Loses Bid to Teach Kids' by Julie St. Louis; www.courthousenews.com/2015/12/30/man-ok-with-pedophilia-loses-bid-to-teach-kids.htm; Courthouse News Service; 30 December 2015[[Category:Wetenschap]