Five reasons to rid your community of pornography

Economics.

Pornography consumption adds to the cost of police services, the courts, the jails, etc., especially in communities which have "adult" bookstores, theaters, and peep-show booths. Pornography consumption supports the prostitution business in communities, and adds to costs of dealing with that offense. The areas of the city where illegal pornography is consumed on-site and the places where spin-off (related) businesses are located usually become economically blighted areas, or perpetuate the blighted area, once it has deteriorated.

Pornography consumption adds to the cost of police services, the courts, the jails, etc., especially in communities which have "adult" bookstores, theaters, and peep-show booths. Pornography consumption supports the prostitution business in communities, and adds to costs of dealing with that offense. The areas of the city where illegal pornography is consumed on-site and the places where spin-off (related) businesses are located usually become economically blighted areas, or perpetuate the blighted area, once it has deteriorated.

Public Safety and Health.

Pornography promotes sexual behavior which fosters or enables the spread of the AIDS virus and other sexually transmitted diseases, most of which are increasing at alarming rates. Peep-show booths and so-called "adult" theaters are simply masturbation parlors or locations where illegal sexual intercourse occurs. They promote disease and the public health and safety are imperiled. Rape, child molestation, and other aggressive sexual behavior is both caused and promoted by pornography, especially hard core pornography. These wreak havoc on the safety of our families, since many women and children are at risk daily from users of hard core pornography.

Pornography promotes sexual behavior which fosters or enables the spread of the AIDS virus and other sexually transmitted diseases, most of which are increasing at alarming rates. Peep-show booths and so-called "adult" theaters are simply masturbation parlors or locations where illegal sexual intercourse occurs. They promote disease and the public health and safety are imperiled. Rape, child molestation, and other aggressive sexual behavior is both caused and promoted by pornography, especially hard core pornography. These wreak havoc on the safety of our families, since many women and children are at risk daily from users of hard core pornography.

Mental Health.

Pornography is a sex education teacher of our children and adolescents. The age group which views – consumes – pornography more than any other age is the group between 12-17 years of age. It can be predicted that this age group is most likely to be negatively affected by exposure to pornography. This is especially so if the pornography is violent, if the exposure is at the younger ages, and if the exposure results in a "peak experience" or a highly arousing experience. Children and adolescents unless taught in caring, systematic ways will believe that the abnormal or aberrant behavior depicted in pornography is normal. They will grow up with unrealistic, often morbid, ideas of what to expect from sexual relationships. This is extremely harmful to the mental health of children and adolescents and is one of the predisposing or preconditioning factors which lead to sexual disorder, deviance or dysfunction. It cannot help but cause unstable marriages, increase divorce rates and prevent the very social intimacy that young people and adults need.

Pornography is a sex education teacher of our children and adolescents. The age group which views – consumes – pornography more than any other age is the group between 12-17 years of age. It can be predicted that this age group is most likely to be negatively affected by exposure to pornography. This is especially so if the pornography is violent, if the exposure is at the younger ages, and if the exposure results in a "peak experience" or a highly arousing experience. Children and adolescents unless taught in caring, systematic ways will believe that the abnormal or aberrant behavior depicted in pornography is normal. They will grow up with unrealistic, often morbid, ideas of what to expect from sexual relationships. This is extremely harmful to the mental health of children and adolescents and is one of the predisposing or preconditioning factors which lead to sexual disorder, deviance or dysfunction. It cannot help but cause unstable marriages, increase divorce rates and prevent the very social intimacy that young people and adults need.

Morality.

Our society goes to great extents to bring out the best in our citizens, to nurture and develop our finest qualities. Yet, pornography appeals to the prurient interest. It touches the dark side in us and brings out the worst in us. It promotes the degradation of women. It is an intolerable, unacceptable, social stigma. It is wrong culturally and morally for the unregulated promulgation of degrading, dehumanizing propaganda. It is not the right thing to do. It is immoral to treat women as objects for sale and for use and abuse. Women are not just play-things. No society that tolerates – let alone condones or promotes – the selective abuse of women and children can call itself good. It is breeding decadence and self-destruction.

Our society goes to great extents to bring out the best in our citizens, to nurture and develop our finest qualities. Yet, pornography appeals to the prurient interest. It touches the dark side in us and brings out the worst in us. It promotes the degradation of women. It is an intolerable, unacceptable, social stigma. It is wrong culturally and morally for the unregulated promulgation of degrading, dehumanizing propaganda. It is not the right thing to do. It is immoral to treat women as objects for sale and for use and abuse. Women are not just play-things. No society that tolerates – let alone condones or promotes – the selective abuse of women and children can call itself good. It is breeding decadence and self-destruction.

Religion.

America is one nation under God, in whom we trust. Equality is not fostered by pornography; unequal power is promoted. Sexual immorality and promiscuity are promoted by pornography. The behaviors and attitudes encouraged by pornography are specifically forbidden by virtually every religion in the world – and for good reason. The image of God in mankind cannot abide alongside the deviance and unwholesomeness portrayed and depicted in pornography. As the Religious Alliance Against Pornography says, "Pornography is an evil that must be eliminated."

America is one nation under God, in whom we trust. Equality is not fostered by pornography; unequal power is promoted. Sexual immorality and promiscuity are promoted by pornography. The behaviors and attitudes encouraged by pornography are specifically forbidden by virtually every religion in the world – and for good reason. The image of God in mankind cannot abide alongside the deviance and unwholesomeness portrayed and depicted in pornography. As the Religious Alliance Against Pornography says, "Pornography is an evil that must be eliminated."