Bishops urge AG to step up obscenity law enforcement on porn

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

law booksBringing to light the ill effects of pornography, Catholic bishops are petitioning U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr to aggressively enforce obscenity laws.

In order to counter the proliferating problem, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop Paul Coakley, and Bishop David Konderla – on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – are urging Barr in a letter to take stringent action against the production and dissemination of pornography.

Getting to the bottom of porn

The bishops want the AG to put pressure on the porn industry and to weed out the suppliers of America's porn addiction – which has been exacerbated during the coronavirus pandemic.

"[We are calling upon you to launch an] investigation of pornography producers and website owners for criminality," the bishops urge in their letter, which was announced in a press release issued by the Catholic League. "The current pandemic is exacting a heavy and widespread emotional, social and financial toll in our communities, [and] the virtually unchecked proliferation of pornography fuels the demand that frequently results in commercial sexual exploitation."

As more and more Americans have instant access to porn at their fingertips via cellphones, tablets and computers, the porn industry has upped its production of a higher degree of perverse material.

"[Today's unlimited supply of pornography] has led users to seek more and more extreme videos, [resulting in more trafficking, child pornography and related problems]," the bishops continued, adding how it takes a tragic toll on "healthy human intimacy and relationships."

Catholic League president Bill Donohue agrees with the bishops that pornography is having a devastating effect on Americans – including youth, single adults and marrieds.

Donohue

"As a sociologist who has written on this subject before, I can testify that everything the bishops said is accurate; it is amply supported by the data," Donohue asserts.

Based on approximately 700 popular movies featuring sexual content, the Dartmouth study examined the impact that sex viewed on the screen has on teenagers.

"The psychologists concluded that the more teenagers are exposed to sex on the screen, the more likely they are to be sexually active," Donohue points out from the research.

That research found that "adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages, have more sexual partners and are less likely to use condoms with casual sexual partners."

Donohue also mentions a revealing 10-year-old pornography report issued by a number of scholars representing various religions, along with atheists and agnostics.

"The Social Costs of Pornography concluded that today's Internet brand of pornography was qualitatively different from what was available in the past," Donohue shares. "They particularly cited the harm done to women and children – and how it undermines marital and other intimate relationships."

Beware of advice from 'top medical expert'

Keeping sexual desires within the context of marriage as God illustrates in the Bible – which benefits individuals, families and society – appears to stray from advice by alleged "coronavirus expert" Dr. Anthony Fauci regarding relationships, as Donohue points out from the physician's response to the following question asked of him on Snapchat's "Good Luck America" in April:

Question: "If you're swiping on a dating app like Tinder, or Bumble or Grindr, and you match with someone that you think is hot, and you're just kind of like, 'Maybe it's fine if this one stranger comes over.' What do you say to that person?"

Fauci's advice had little to do with making a morally responsible and physically safe decision:

Fauci: "If you're willing to take the risk – and you know, everybody has their own tolerance for risks – you could figure out if you want to meet somebody. If you want to go a little bit more intimate – well, then that's your choice regarding risk."

Donohue points to the irony of such advice amidst Fauci's extremely cautious guidelines given to Americans to avoid contracting COVID-19.

"This is the same man who made a name for himself seeking to combat AIDS, so he should have learned something about the consequences of anonymous sex," Donohue recalls.

"Just as important, he is the same man who tells us not to shake hands with people, and to stay six feet away from each other … unless – it now appears – we are having sex with someone we met online."

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