“How is that relevant if a paedophile isn’t having sex with a child and doesn’t have any intention of actually having sex with a child?”
The intent of one member of a social movement has very little to do with the collective goals of the movement. For instance, one member of Hamas stating that he intends to negotiate peacefully means very little in the context of the stated, written mission of Hamas - to destroy Israel by force.
These are the reasons that the distinction is still meaningful.
December 28th, 2006 at 7:28 pm