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Time to Protect America’s Children from Porn

 

About the author: Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, where he provides expertise on a range of public policy topics. Described by the New York Times as a "talk-radio natural," he hosts the "Focal Point" radio program on AFR Talk, which ... [read 's FULL BIO]

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The UK is dealing with an epidemic of porn addiction and sex crimes. But not just with adults, with teenagers. According to the Daily Mirror, the number of under-18s who have committed sex crimes has jumped an astonishing 40% in the last three years, largely due to unrestricted access to pornography on the internet.

In addition, 40% of teens report that they have texted explicit pictures of themselves to others.

More than 5,000 formal investigations have been launched over the last three years into under-18s accused of sex crimes, including rape and assault.

Almost all the police jurisdictions in the UK report that sex crimes have been committed in their jurisdictions by 11-, 12-, and 13-year-old boys, with the victims often being under the age of 10. Online porn consumption by teenagers is a catastrophic and toxic problem which is rapidly turning the UK into a “moral wasteland,” according to former child television star Floella Benjamin.

Some of those accused of sex crimes are as young as five years old. Think about that for a moment.

One 15-year-old porn-obsessed boy was sent to jail just last week for three years after he and a 14-year-old friend bound, gagged and raped a 14-year-old girl. Where did they get that idea? Well, it wasn’t from watching “Leave it to Beaver” reruns.

One sexual health nurse talks of 13-year-old girls who come to his clinic talking about the pressure being placed on them by their boyfriends to engage in extreme and degrading sexual experiences.

(While writing that last paragraph, I at first accidentally misspelled “boyfriends” as “boyfiends,” which is much closer to the truth.)

Iceland is planning to ban online pornography altogether, which would make it the first but hopefully not the last Western nation to do so.

Cameron’s focus is on the impact of pornography on children. Porn clearly has a deleterious impact on adults as well, since it leads men to think of women as sex objects and contributes to degrading sexual behavior as well as to brutal sexual assaults (think Ted Bundy here). Thus Iceland is certainly moving in the right direction. Porn debauches, diminishes, and destroys and should be contrary to public policy for all people at all ages.

But we all should at least be able to agree on the importance of protecting vulnerable young children from its pernicious effects. It’s a child protection issue, and, as one UK official pointed out, “[W]e need to draw a line before it’s too late.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has wisely responded by cracking down on what he calls the “corroding influence” of online porn. Every household in Britain connected to the internet will, by default, be blocked from accessing internet porn. Any household that wants to pipe that raw sewage into their homes will be obligated to make a deliberate choice to deactivate these family-friendly filters.

Can we do the same thing in America? Of course we can. Some will immediately start hollering about the First Amendment. But its free speech protections were designed by the Founders to protect freedom of political speech. They had no intention of providing shelter for pornography, obscenity, vulgarity or even profanity, and would be aghast to see the way in which activist judges have mangled and shredded the Constitution to give protection to behaviors which no rational society should tolerate.

Besides, taking your clothes off and having sex in front of a camera isn’t speech anyway. It’s conduct, and thus has no free speech protections whatsoever.

So the great need of the hour is for American statesmen who, inspired by David Cameron’s example, will work to protect America’s young children from the ravages of porn.

So where are they?

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

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  • AlwaysWatching

    Government interference in our daily life is a bigger problem than Internet-accessible pornography. All parents now have readily available tools to prevent their children from accessing these sites. Most are free. If, as a group, we wish to apply citizen pressure on Internet providers to provide additional blocking mechanisms, then we should. But let us not bring in the government to conduct more studies, craft more legislation, and still be left with the problem.

    We are adults and parents. It is our job to determine what behaviors we will teach our children are acceptable. Parents need to be held responsible for their children’s actions. Just say NO to further government interference.

    • Adam Scott

      You have the right of it, what is happening in the UK is a result of their decaying set of morals and lack of accountability set forth by their paralament and their “feel good” laws and anti descrimination protection schemes. These rules of “morality” and proper codes of coduct imposed and enforced by the state are what is happening to the teens of the UK and America will be next. Let people be people and develop their own ideology and conduct themselves in a manner they think is best, if that behavior happens to be criminal, then society can then impose its laws, otherwise, stay out of the way.

    • Rick Sandlin

      I’m torn on this subject as far as government intrusion. However, I will go so far as to say that I am a good parent who is engaged in every aspect of my children’s lives, but not even the best parent can be there 100% of the time or block 100% of the threats that our children are dealing with – especially on the internet. They go to friend’s houses, they go to school. I actually had to pull my daughters out of public school because of the lack of respect that children show these days. The boys talk about what they see online, and next thing you know, they’re asking (or forcing) girls to do things. As a parent, I unfortunately don’t have control over those other children. So, even if my kids can’t access porn at home, they certainly get a strong dose of it talking to the kids at school.

      It’s absolutely disgusting. Something needs to change, and if it’s government intrusion in this case, then I think I would vote for it.

      • Susan

        Destroying Virtue—by destroying Christian Ethics and the Natural Family is Cultural Marxism—to collapse the culture. We always had laws preventing obscenity—until the 60’s which was a Communist led revolution to destroy Virtue in our children.

        Justice is a Virtue—the Queen of Virtues—and all Just Law must promote Virtue to be Constitutional—in the USA. Unconstitutional laws –laws which promote Vice/evil—are not “Just Laws”. We have a Right to clear the airwaves of filth and dehumanization—anything which reduces mankind to a commodity—that means anything which promotes the Vice of sodomy.

        Sexual degradation is homosexuality—it is the removal of morality from the sex act. Can’t be done in a Christian Nation—which ours is, since our Natural Rights come from God and sodomy is not natural and never a “Right”.

        • David Simpson

          You don’t understand natural rights doctrine at all. The natural rights we have are the freedom of choice. Did Jesus spread the gospel through the sword? When every you pass laws like the ones you suggest two things happen. 1, people go to prison and violence is used against them in the name or righteous. 2. You create black markets, don’t every stamp out the consumption, and introduce violence to try to fix a social issue. Is that what a Christian nations does?

  • Raymond – Jesus is Lord.

    Christians are being silenced all across America: in the political debate,
    the public square, the schools, the workplace, and even in the sanctuary
    of their own churches. Read these signs of the times:

    – Christians threatened with prison for protesting the homosexual agenda.

    – Employees of Fortune 500 companies fired for quoting the scriptures or
    forbidden to display family pictures in their office cubicles because they
    offend homosexual employees.

    – Christian churches ordered by the government to perform lesbian marriages.

    – “Antibullying” programs explicitly promote homosexuality in public schools.

    – Municipal workers forbidden by the city to say “family values” because those
    words constitute a hate crime.

    – Proposed federal laws supposedly aimed at preventing employment
    discrimination that would make discrimination against Christians the law of the land.
    – Other “antidiscrimination” laws make Christian charities illegal.

    – Secularist liberals in Congress seek to censor or bankrupt Christian
    broadcasters.

    – The IRS “cracking down” on Christian pastors who oppose homosexual
    propaganda in schools, abortion on demand, or same-sex marriage.

    – The real impact of same-sex marriage? Any criticism of homosexuality
    would be legally defined as bigotry. Christians who protest could lose
    their jobs, go to jail, or see their churches shut down by the government.

    – The Christian haters are becoming an elite class of super citizens whose
    moral views are actively sponsored by the state while Christians are increasingly
    censored, penalized, and even prosecuted.

  • Raymond – Jesus is Lord.

    Scripture Warnings that Apply to Television Viewing

    The following Scripture passages have a direct application to this
    issue and are a loud warning to those who have ears to hear.
    Parents need to teach their children these biblical principles
    and guide them in learning how to apply them to their daily lives.
    It is not enough to have a list of do’s and don’ts.

    “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them
    that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me (Psalm 101:3).

    This verse single-handedly forbids the child of God to watch the vast
    majority of the movies and television programs that are made today.
    Consider just a few of the wicked things that you or your children will see:

    * The breaking of God’s commandments
    * Flaunted immorality
    * Casual drinking and drug usage
    * Drunkenness portrayed as humorous
    * Sexually alluring fashions
    * Sexually enticing dancing
    * Violence and mayhem
    * Casual dating and petting (Parents, do you want your children to
    date after the fashion portrayed in most movies and television programs?)
    * Mockery of the things of God
    * Mockery of God’s people
    * Pagan religions depicted as truth
    * Situational ethics
    * Occultism, paganism, humanism, evolution, and New Age error
    (even in cartoons and in a large number of Disney movies)

    “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” (Job 31:1).

    This verse is similar to the one in Psalm 101:3, but it warns more specifically about
    looking upon women to lust after them. The Lord Jesus Christ warned, “But I say unto you,
    That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her
    already in his heart” (Matt. 5:28). These verses are solemn warnings to men and boys
    NOT to watch Hollywood movies, whether in the theater or at home. In public, most men
    will not stare at a woman very long because he is self-conscious about doing that, but
    when he is watching a movie he can ogle an indecently-clad female, even if his wife is
    sitting by his side. Twenty years ago I asked a pastor friend, “Why do you think so many
    pastors are committing adultery?” I have never forgotten his one-word reply: “Television.”

    “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor
    covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
    Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God
    upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” (Ephesians 5:3-7).

    This is a perfect description of the vast majority of Hollywood movies today. It also describes the
    sensual rock music that goes hand in hand with practically all of today’s movies. The child of God
    is not to participate in such things, even by proxy.

  • marineh2ominer

    This Sodom and Gomorrah society will never allow us to teach our children that sex is EVIL except within marriage , that abstinance is the NATURAL way to stay pure of mind and body , and the demonrats ( democratic party ) will not even willingly recognize GOD in their party plank and freely chant for SATAN . Please Lord Christ come soon !!!

    • Hittman

      Yes, Christ, please come soon, and take this nutbag, and all similar nutbags, with you. Then we can enjoy ourselves without putting up with their nonsense.

  • VChristine

    You may also be interested in .. yes… learning why a valid article concerning the very real harm of porn, happens to feature advertisements with semi clad women in suggestive poses with the invitation to ‘improve your sexual performance’, and warns that viewer discretion is advised.. Really? Until web sites turn away the soft porn dollars the impact of these warnings will fall on deaf ears.

    • SRM29

      The advertisements you see are within the coding of the software. They are not chosen by Jan Morgan and i highly doubt she receives money from them. Some people don’t have the money or knowledge to have websites built from scratch, and have to rely on affordable software.

  • VChristine

    Pornography is spiritual suicide.

    King David may have had a heart after God, but his life was hell.

    It took years of family disasters, heartaches, murders, rapes, incest and crying out to God for help, before he got that it was his lust filled heart, when he just ‘LOOKED’ at Bathsheba, that put the whole sordid mess in motion. He wrote Psalm 101 as a result, and in verse 3 said, ‘I will NOT even lead evil in front of my eyes’.! YOU may think its harmless to LOOK at something, but your eyes are doors that open to your heart out of which the scriptures tell us – are the issues of life.

    Did you know that porn in addition to opening up your life to dark influence, and loss of personal choice and liberty, porn can lead to kidney or liver ailments? These organs clean the blood, in which is the ‘life of the flesh’ (Leviticus 17:11). When the heart becomes polluted with porn, these organs will eventually succumb to the pollution.
    Painful and sometimes lethal diseases of the flesh are but God’s way warning his people that the porn is killing them spiritually. There is no escaping from the effects of sin.. first comes the sicknesses and then the wages of sin is death.

    Is this what a parent wants for their children? Throw away the television. We’ve lived without it here for 25 years and haven’t missed it a day. Ditch the dirty videos and games.. a life without dark images is a life full of light.

  • Marc de Piolenc

    Oh no. I would have hoped that conservative at least would not fall for the “it’s for the children” line. Am I the only one who sees this as just another excuse to take over the Internet?

  • Dan

    Freedom trumps safety. You’re using the same argument that the liberals use for gun control.

  • mbug

    This article is insane and sounds like something an aspiring dictator would write. Freedom of speech has no limits. The first amendment does include freedom of expression and porn is a form of expression. If you don’t watch it, fine, but don’t tell somebody else they can’t. If someone wants to watch porn that is their choice, not yours. For the so called Christian diehards, it’s called separation of church and state for a reason. What is the matter with people in this country, they feel the need to interject their personal morals on others. It’s called freedom of choice. If government can control what you watch on the internet, next it will be what books we read, where we can travel to, who we can speak to etc. Government has no place in our private lives. It is up to parents to control and teach their children. I am completely against any government tampering with the internet because it only leads to fascism and communist style censorship. Besides, anytime you think we should ban something, consider this. They can’t keep drugs out of jail, what makes you think they are going to control porn on the internet.

    • lberns

      These people embrace the state that Christ rejected. And since he was anti-state, that would make them anti-Christ.

    • Mark Nugent

      Not saying I agree with everything in the article, but the First Amendment wasn’t meant to protect anything like hardcore pornography.

  • robsconst

    I wonder how the people arguing for the government to infringe on the 1st Amendment “for the children” would feel if the government decided that any mention of religion outside of church needed to be outlawed “for the children”?

  • robsconst

    Of course, I’m sure that if we banned “pornography”, whatever that is exactly, then everybody would be pure and chaste, and there would certainly be no black market for “pornography”.

    Heck, NOBODY in the U.S. consumed alcohol for the 13 years that Prohibition was in effect. And, I don’t think a single American has consumed any narcotics since they were banned in the 1930’s.

    Oh, what’s that? More than half America’s prison inmates are in for drug crimes? Well, I stand corrected.

  • Concerned Patriot

    Porn is small potatoes. What about our government’s reprehensibly vile policy of molesting minor school children with the propaganda that we americans have “constitutional rights” and then shamelessly lying to them about it when they find out otherwise? If we define the word molest as being the act of forcefully creating a position of special trust with the pre-meditated intent to violate that trust, then that is exactly what our government does to us when we are impressionable minor school children. Denial is what it’s called when the truth is too ugly to look at, which makes us turn our heads, look the other way, and try to persuade ourselves that we really didn’t just see what we know we did. That’s why nobody’s talking about it even though the effect it has on all of our lives is so horribly devastating.

  • Derek Ball

    This seems like another tool in the toolbox for government to control what we do and see. They label it at as porn but it goes much deeper than that. Remember SOPA? If not look it up. This looks like another version of that. SOPA went down in a huge ball of flames, the American people actually came together on this, Libs and Conservatives alike. They want to censor the internet, all in the name of rich lobbyists mainly movie makers that have things pirated abroad. THATS what this boils down to. As a parent you can censor what comes on your computer already with programs that are free already. We don’t need the government stepping in and doing anything. They will not stop there, you know this as well as I do. This is really a bad idea, Jan I really hope you aren’t endorsing this line of thinking…

  • Kenneth Books

    Statistics show that, as porn has become more and more available, the incidence of rape has decreased. This article is a pack of lies to whitewash a violation of the First Amendment with censorship. I’m ashamed of the author for not only trying to stir up emotions with his lies, but for his obvious disdain for freedom.