Apparently, Field Marshall Montgomery, while not know to be sexually active with young boys was very “passionate in his love for them”, even bathing some and writing them love letters.
Lewis Carrol made pictures of very young girls that would get you a few months in jail, were they made in the 21st century.
So two questions occur to me:
Should we make it our practise to orchestrate public outing and total rejection of these people, rather than allow paedophiles to use them as examples, muddying the waters of morality on the subject?
Who else would fall foul of such scrutiny?
After all, when churchmen are found to be paedophiles, people rarely say, “sure he was downloading kiddie porn and abusing kids but what a great preacher”. Why should it be any different for the great figures of history?