Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers is only one of many who are “super troubled” by an article published yesterday by Gawker which takes a sympathetic look at pedophiles. And by “sympathetic,” we mean depraved.

The morally bankrupt article, written by Gawker editor and self-described progressive Cord Jefferson, is titled “Born This Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with Children.” It begins with a graphic account of sex with a 7-year-old girl — not rape, not molestation, but “sex.” It ends with a plea for understanding of this particular “sexual orientation”:

The old adage is that the true mark of a society is how it treats the weakest in its ranks. Blacks, women, Latinos, gays and lesbians, and others are still in no way on wholly equal footing in America. But they’re also not nearly as lowly and cursed as men attracted to children. One imagines that if Jesus ever came to Earth, he’d embrace the poor, the blind, the lepers, and, yes, the pedophiles.

While the revolting article appears under Gawker’s “Science” banner, many are outraged by the overall tone of the piece, which forgoes use of the terms “rape” and “assault” with only two exceptions: when describing threats made against pedophiles; for example, “Outside of jail, it’s not uncommon for average citizens to harass and assault pedophiles.”

So, what’s the point of trying to prove that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation with which one is born? “If this research proves to be correct,” writes Jefferson, “it should help shape both our public policy and our public attitude, so that we’re protecting kids while also protecting pedophiles from angry mobs, cellmates, and themselves.”

With no attempt to even hide its agenda, Gawker inspired the #GawkersNextArticle hashtag. Just how low can you lower the bar while keeping the progressive language highbrow?

Sad, but not at all hard to believe: