Al Mohler says we are in transition from being a culture that permits pornography to a culture that is pornagraphic

A society that embraces pornography as a constitutionally protected form of “speech” will have a hard time policing sexually explicit material.  When courts rule that filtering pornography from public computers in a public library is unconstitutional, the public library is transformed into a pornographic playground.  When employees spend company time (and government funds) viewing pornography at work, the moral character of the entire enterprise is at stake.

The real cost of pornography cannot be reduced to lost hours of labor.  The far larger issue is the cost to the nation’s soul.  When public libraries become places parents do not let their children go, something precious is lost.

The real cost of pornography is measured in broken lives, broken marriages, broken children, and broken dreams.  In reality, the true cost is spiritual, for pornography destroys the soul.


2 Comments

  1. The constitutional issue is especially fascinating and disturbing here. Since when do we consider pornography a form of free speech? What is it really trying to communicate? We do need to speak constantly to the degrading and evil effects this stuff has on the mind, on marriages, and on the Church. However, I think another battle that needs to be fought is over the understanding of free speech. Not all forms and not all content is created equal. Free speech was meant to protect political and religious speech. This enables dissent from the ruling party to express itself freely. And even then, you can’t say anything you wish. Our conversations need to seek better understanding of this duty of free speech.

  2. When employees spend company time (and government funds) viewing pornography at work, the moral character of the entire enterprise is at stake.

    This is hardly normative. Scattered links across the aggregation sites are tagged NSFW for a reason: because most places of companies will fire an employee who views porn on company time (both for the theft of time and for the HR nightmare that would result).

    @Adam –

    Free speech was meant to protect political and religious speech. This enables dissent from the ruling party to express itself freely.

    Pornography is absolutely political speech. It makes an easily discernible political/ethical/religious statement. As such, it is constitutionally protected. Just like all the other things that present ideas we don’t like or agree with.

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