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Pornography a Public Health Hazard

posted Apr 26, 2016, 11:55 AM by First Baptist


Finally, some good news on the culture front.


Last week, the governor of Utah signed a bill declaring pornography “a public health hazard.” The bill doesn’t actually do anything to curtail pornography, but at least it’s a start.


The bill argues the following:


1.      That pornography is potentially addictive, requiring more & more shocking material;

2.      That viewing pornography leads to risky sexual behavior, child abuse, and the degradation of & violence against women.

3.      That viewing pornography leads to reduced desire in young men to marry, and to greater dissatisfaction in marriage, as well as infidelity;

4.      That viewing pornography has a detrimental effect on the family unit; and

5.      That overcoming pornography’s harms is beyond the capability of the afflicted individual to address alone.


Science Agrees


In a recent article in the Washington Post, Gail Dines, a Professor of Sociology at Wheelock College in Boston, says the science is clear on the harmful effects of pornography. She writes:


“After 40 years of peer-reviewed research, scholars can say with confidence that pornography is an industrial product that shapes how we think about gender, sexuality, relationships, intimacy, sexual violence and gender equality – all for the worse.”


Big Business


Pornography is big business. Pornhub, a major free porn site, boasted that in 2015, it streamed enough porn to fill the storage of 175 million 16 GB iPhones.


Among boys, viewing porn normally begins around age 11. 88% of the porn viewed by the typical adolescent was found to be violent, degrading and extreme. (Hey, Dad, these will be the young men asking your daughter to the prom!)


A Moral-Free Zone


As Christians, we’re glad that society is starting to see the harmful effects of pornography. What’s missing is the acknowledgement that pornography is immoral, irrespective of any provable harmful effect.


Pastor Dan