Friday, October 16, 2009

Pornography isn't Victimless - Join the WRAP Campaign

The porn industry would have us believe that pornography is harmless and victimless – they even go so far as to say pornography “empowers” women. In a July 2009 CNBC special on porn, "Business of Pleasure," one female porn star says “I just treat it like any job.”

If porn takes no victims, we wouldn’t need “Victims of Pornography Month” in May each year, or “White Ribbons Against Pornography Week (WRAP)” – coming up Sunday, October 25 - Sunday, November 1, 2009. WRAP is sponsored by Morality in Media.

For decades, numerous reports have offered real statistics about porn’s victims:
-Ruined marriages from addiction to print porn and Internet porn;
-Abuse and violence after viewing porn videos;
-Addiction to porn in magazines leading to visiting strip clubs and extramarital affairs;
-Adult pornography leading to sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking;
-Teens and children becoming addicted to porn found in parents’ and friends’ computers or magazines (roughly 93% of boys and 61% of girls have seen online porn);
-Clergy and youth leaders unable to resist the temptation of porn films in hotel rooms;
-Soft porn working its way toward hard porn in major movies and TV shows.
(Visit the Morality in Media website link above for evidence of these statements. Click on “Effects of Pornography” in the column at right side.)

Tweens and teens no longer see the harm in porn because “everyone’s posting nude pictures” on cell phones. Michael Leahy, author of Porn Nation – Conquering America’s #1 Addiction and a one-time porn addict, calls pornography the “crack cocaine of sexual addiction.”

“Porn is protected by free speech” – myth becomes truth
The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment doesn't protect obscenity. But today’s “politically correct” philosophy says there are no absolute truths, nothing is right or wrong or good or bad, so "what is obscene" has become relative. Laws are thrown out in favor of doing what feels good and allowing others to do so because we mustn’t be judgmental.

Enforcement of U.S. Federal Obscenity Laws has long been declining in the name of free speech. Despite recent Harris Polls showing 75-77% of American adults would support efforts to enforce federal obscenity laws it still isn’t happening.

How can you help?
-Read some porn victim stories at the Victims of Pornography website.
-Participate in the WRAP campaign as an individual or with a church group (see details at the Morality in Media website's first right-bar link - “Wrap Campaign”).
-PRAY for victims of pornography and their families.
-PRAY for a miraculous downfall to the $100 billion porn industry.
-RESIST temptation and help your family to resist. Study Matthew 6:13, 26:41; Luke 22:46, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:2-3.

The original version of this post appeared here at The Underground Online Magazine. Come check out The Underground.

(This writer is not receiving any remuneration or compensation from organizations mentioned in this article.)


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