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Winning the Battle Against Porn

Tue, January 19, 2021   |   Author: Peter Vogel   |   Volume 28    Issue 3 | Share: Gab | Facebook | Twitter   

When was the last time you heard some good news in the fight for morality? It seems like a long time, doesn’t it? While complete victory is still not ours, we should be thankful for the small victories along the way. PornHub (an online porn site based in Montreal) has been exposed by the New York Times and dealt some serious setbacks.

The Internet has been filled with pornography of various descriptions for a long time. The statistics are staggering and saddening. People who struggle against the temptation of lust can easily find many things to lure them into sin on their phones and computers. Pornography remains a huge problem and must not be overlooked, especially by parents and church leaders.

It is encouraging to know that the problem is being recognized in academic circles and even by “mainstream media.” Some MPs have worked across party lines against this problem, and also the related evil of human sex trafficking. This is helpful!

Money is always a major driver of business, and so it was particularly good to see Visa and Mastercard (finally) do the right thing and stop allowing their cards to be used to buy the filth that PornHub sells. On the other hand, Twitter continues to allow its platform to be used by pornography producers like PornHub.

To put the situation and scope of the problem into perspective, after the New York Times published its expose of PornHub, the porn distributor’s management took down over half of the videos it was hosting—millions of them. Let that sink in. But there are still millions more. They took down videos that were from unverified uploaders, meaning that they had previously hosted videos for which no consent was obtained from the people who were in them, including videos of rape and victims of sex trafficking! It is good to know that some of the worst of these videos are no longer available, but it is also frustrating that our government has not gone after this morally debauched business sooner.

“Some of the problem is with our laws, which do not make it easy to go after porn sites,” said Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne (an Independent Senator from Quebec), “because knowledge of illegal material by bosses of porn sites [has] to be proven.” Here is an area that needs more work. Strengthening laws—and especially enforcement—regarding decency and against portrayals of sexual acts should be a first step for our government. Your MP might need only a small encouragement to get on-side now that public opinion seems to be changing.

Keep in mind (and tell your MP) that pornography fuels rape; this is highly studied and proven. Pornography is also linked to human sex trafficking; victims are sometimes threatened/exploited by being told that videos or pictures of them will be shown on the internet if they don’t do as they are told. And that is not the only connection. Take action by signing this petition!

MP Arnold Viersen has been one of the most vocal Members of Parliament in the fight so far, and we thank him for his efforts!

Let’s not forget that the pornography business is mean and harsh; many women who wanted to make some quick and easy money are now dead, often because of drug overdoses or suicides. Pornography turns people into consumable, disposable commodities. It deeply devalues human beings, made in God’s image.

The fight is not over, not even close, but let’s be encouraged that the battle is slowly turning against the exploiters and pimps. Now is the time to demand that our government take more steps against pornography and for human dignity while there is growing momentum.

CHP stands for human dignity and against sexual exploitation. If you stand with us, please endorse our ongoing efforts with your membership and support!

The original version of this Communique did not include the quoted Senator's first name; the writer regrets his oversight.



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