And if we see an injustice occuring, we should not go along with it simply because it is imposed by the law or the state. And those who would judge people based on the sex offender registry are doing just that and they themselves are just as guilty as the state in perpetrating injustice.
Yes, the system needs to change, but at the same time we have a moral responsibility to oppose an injust system, whether we're capable of changing it or not.
The Sex Offender Registry is not without it's convictional details. You're right in that we shouldn't judge people just because
they're on this registry, but if I see, say, a conviction for a 49-year-old man against someone aged 14-16, even if it was "consensual", I feel the guy deserves the Scarlet Letter, evolutionary tendencies aside or whatever.
How are we judging unrighteously those that have such legitimate offenses against them? The National Database makes a difference between Rape and Statutory Rape. I also believe you're right in that if the sex is consensual between people close in age, they shouldn't be screwed by this system, but people on the outside of it are not completely in the dark about the details of their convictions.
However, I do see that people immediately jump the gun when they hear so-and-so is on the sex offender registry, and people need to be educated against such black and white behavior. Yeah, yeah, I immediately jumped the gun when I first responded to Ytter's thread, so....