The reaction of no small number of pundits on the Left to the Polanski case is to recommend that we let bygones be bygones. After all, he’s a famous artist, has lived a long life, the offense occurred ages ago, the victim wants to drop it—and after all she was a 13-year old sexually active temptress at the time.
In answer to those who wonder what’s up with these people, I submit the following explanations for their point of view:
(1) moral relativism run amok. There are no objective standards of behavior. Who are we to judge, anyway?
(2) worship of the elite by the elite, or the would-be elite (see also this)
(3) the sexualization of children. You can see it everywhere: fashion, entertainment, and in any school in town. And yes, it’s a very slippery slope.
(4) the desire to be seen as a spiritually evolved human being, a forgiving sort who is far above the primitive desire of others for revenge and retribution rather than peace and love (it’s so Old Testament, you know)
(5) the end of the idea that society is a player in the game, an entity with an interest in setting standards for human behavior
[ADDENDUM: And why does this development somehow not surprise me? But thank goodness the rank and file liberals at HuffPo and Salon don't happen to agree with their journalist "betters" that Polanski should be let off the hook.]