Is pornography victimless? NO! A MILLION TIMES NO.
There have been so many names of individuals actively opposing pornography in the later part of the 20th century. How many of these have you heard of? Here is a very short list mostly on a national scale, but also some more localized. The fight was fought from near and far.
Alan Sears, former Director of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography; Ed Meese, Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan; Bill Swindell, headed a national anti-pornography organization in Phoenix, AZ; Dr. Judith A. Reisman (deceased), author, researcher, educator and expert witness, exposing fraud in sex science and education since 1977. Dr. Reisman successfully spent much of her career laying the foundations for deconstructing both ‘soft pornography’ and ‘Kinsey myths’. David Caton, former head of Florida AFA now heads Florida’s Family Association; Phil Burress, former head of Citizens for Community Values (Cincinnati) and the DC group – a loose knit gathering of people from around the country that were opposing pornography in its different areas of impact: billboards, advertisements, porn shops, video outlets, TV programming, convenience stores. Loretta Detamore (deceased), faithful former leader of Muskegon Morality in Media; Pastor Bill Randall, former activist pastor assisting Loretta in Muskegon; Steve Ensley, former founder and longtime head of American Family Online; Jan LaRue, former attorney for various organizations, an effective voice applying law; Vern and Joann Haas (deceased), former heads of Greater Grand Rapids American Family Association; Lisa Van Houten, Executive Assistant American Decency Association – main organizer and former head of campaign that drove Howard Stern off from mainstream radio; Karel Seger, Former head of Lansing American Family Association; Dr. James Dobson, former head of Focus on the Family and one of 12 individuals who were on the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography under AG Ed Meese (1987); Pat Trueman, former head of Child Exploitation and Obscenity Enforcement Section, DC; Bruce Taylor, Chief Counsel National Law Center for Children and Families, Fairfax, VA formerly one of America’s most effective prosecutors of obscenity; Frances Boone (deceased), an effective and faithful local pro-decency activist, Linden, MI; Kenny Williams, an effective and faithful warrior against pornography, St. Genevieve, MO; Malcolm E. Smith (deceased), a producer of full-page ads targeting smutty magazines, Long Island, NY; Rob Showers, the first named Director of Child Exploitation and Obscenity Enforcement Section, Washington DC; William Wagner, former attorney for the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography; Donald E. Wildmon, former president and founder of American Family Association, Tupelo, MS; Allen Wildmon, former AFA staff and older brother of Don Wildmon; Buddy Smith, former AFA chapter coordinator; Brad Curl, former head of Morality in Media, New York; Dar VanderArk, (deceased) former founder and head of Michigan Decency Council, Grand Rapids; Ray Walsh (deceased), former chief out-country prosecutor, Wayne County (Detroit); Donna Rice Hughes, head of Enough is Enough; Bob Peters, former long term leader of Morality in Media, New York City; Bill Kellly (deceased), former longtime member of the FBI – he diligently fought pornography in his retirement years.
Indeed, once there was a stand against pornography! A valiant and effective stand! Obscenity was targeted as a top five law enforcement priority in the Justice Department back in the days of President Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) and George H. Bush (1989-1993). There was a section of the Justice Department called the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Enforcement Section. They targeted so-called pornography Kingpins.
During the years of 1985 through the mid-1990s there was a window of opportunity to roll back the flood of pornography, that many of us thought would not end so soon, but with the advent of the Internet and its rapid acceptance, the tide was turned against promoting decency, guarding your heart, seeking purity, opposing pornography, obscenity and indecency.
Many local anti-pornography organizations were formed. American Family Association hosted annual AFA chapter meetings and hundreds gathered over the years for teaching, inspiration and encouragement. Why all this energy? Why the concern then, but not so much apparently now?
Then, and now even more: Pornography destroys lives.
The half has not been told in these days. All one has to do is think about images that you and I have personally been impacted by at some point in our lives. From advertisers, to movie producers, to pornographers (from one line of work to another), there are those who don’t mean us well but rather mean us ill. They create images, movies, video clips, ads for the purposes of drawing us in visually, auditorily, totally. Even the young, or should I say, especially the young are naive and vulnerable taking nude or partially nude selfies of themselves to flirt, draw, engage with another. Pedophiles, pedophilia. sex trafficking. How do these such things come about?
The enemy of our soul coupled with sexual entrepreneurs guised as cool – predators, the weak, the godless, the damaged, the misled, the pornographers (for lack of a better word – those in it for the money using one means or another). The bottom line – they are coming after your children, grandchildren and even YOU – one way or another and now too through the dimensions of LGBTQ++++ and … the remedy is found only in Christ! Pursue holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14.
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