The government of Greece is catching flack over its decision to add some questionable categories to its list of recognized disabilities. As reported by the Associated Press, disability groups in the country were especially outraged over the government’s decision to add pedophiles to its list of those the state recognizes as disabled individuals. Among the other “disabled” categories added to the list were exhibitionists, kleptomaniacs, pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists, and sadomasochists.
Greece’s Labor Ministry explained that the new “disabilities” were added for medical assessment and to determine who would receive financial assistance from the government.
But Greece’s National Confederation of Disabled People (NCDP) “called the action ‘incomprehensible,’” reported the AP, “and said pedophiles are now awarded a higher government disability pay than some people who have received organ transplants.”
The additions to the government dole come as Greece is drowning in debt and attempting to stay afloat in an imploding economy. “Public spending on health and welfare programs has been sharply cut under austerity measures imposed as a condition for receiving emergency loans from the International Monetary Fund and other countries using the euro currency,” reported the AP.
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