Human Exceptionalism

Update: 13-Year Old Isn’t Father: 15 year-Old Is

Alfie Patten, the 13-year-old boy who made a such a big, hand wringing splash in the UK by claiming to have fathered a child with his 15-year-old girlfriend–who was sleeping with a few other boys, as well–turned out not to be the father after all. From the story:

DNA tests have revealed that a 13-year-old British boy who claimed to have fathered a child with his 15-year-old girlfriend was not the dad, according to a court judgement made public Monday. Claims that baby-faced schoolboy Alfie Patten made Chantelle Steadman pregnant when he was aged just 12 triggered national soul-searching about Britain’s high level of teenage pregnancies.

But the story, reported in February just days after the birth, sparked claims from other boys who lived nearby that they could also be the father and social workers organised a DNA test. The results, revealed in a high court judgement last month which was only made public Monday, showed the father was 15-year-old Tyler Barker, who lived on the same housing estate as Steadman in Eastbourne in southern England.

Alfie just lost a big payday from the tabloid press, but other than that, the problem remains the same: The hedonism brought to us by the coup de culture that is afflicting Western culture encourages children to yield to every urge and hormonal impulse, resulting in teenage parenthood, abortion, and chaotic lives. And in that decadence are found seeds of eventual societal destruction.

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