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Letter: Fight back against peddlers of porn

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 11:43 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

On Friday, the owner of The Paperback Grotto in downtown DeKalb made the front page of the Daily Chronicle with a story that he has “dressed up,” or rather “undressed,” the front window of his establishment.

As a member of Morality In Media, Inc., I cannot in good conscience stand by without comment. We do not need an “occasion of sin” such as this. Just because lingerie and other items are for sale does not mean that something much less desirable is not still the store’s main source of revenue.

Here are some facts taken from a recent newsletter from Morality in Media, Inc.:

a) Today, studies show that a shocking 70 percent of men use pornography monthly;

b) A recent Focus on the Family poll shows that 47 percent of households report porn as a major problem;

c) A study on divorces involves at least one party having an “excessive interest in pornographic websites.” In fact, indecency industry insiders admitted to Congress that 20 to 30 percent of traffic to some pornographic websites comes from children.

d) A 1983 study showed that 86 percent of rapists used porn, either before, or as they commit their horrendous crimes.

e) An FBI study of serial killers found that 80 percent of them were habitual users of pornography.

f) In fact, “Christianity Today” reported that 37 percent of pastors admit that pornography is a current struggle. Half of those polled at a Promise Keepers event admitted to looking at pornographic material in the past week.

Pornography isn’t just a gateway drug for murderers and sex offenders; it’s rapidly becoming the biggest stumbling block to the church’s moral leadership.

I have been involved with Morality in Media, Inc., for a number of years. They are leading the fight against pornography. Here are some of the many actions of their “Dirty Dozen Program,” which began last year:

1. The U.S. Army and Air Force stopped selling pornography in their base exchanges;

2. Comcast decided to highlight and strengthen parental controls to protect children;

3. they demanded enforcement of federal laws by Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

4. insisted that Google and Facebook do more to keep sexually explicit material off their sites

5. protected young people; insisted Yale University clean up its act by not hosting “Sex Week.”

With pornography becoming more ingrained in our society, it is vital that we fight back.

Marguerite “Peggy” Ann Hoyt

DeKalb

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