Vice Squad
Monday, November 01, 2004
 
Pastors Against Porn


Well, I suppose most pastors profess to being against porn. But two young pastors in California are taking some creative steps to help others who profess to wanting to stay away from porn -- particularly of the internet variety -- according to this article in yesterday's New York Times. The pastors have a website, XXXChurch.com, which is subtitled "The No. 1 Christian Porn Site." The site offers commentary on pornography issues and help for those who are seeking to keep away from porn. One of their chief offerings, it seems, is free downloadable software that keeps track of any "questionable" websites; then, every couple of weeks or every 30 days, the software e-mails a list of your questionable surfing to someone you have designated as your "accountability partner." So with this software, for instance, your wife can be apprised of your internet wanderings, and presumably your knowledge of her knowledge will increase your resolve to avoid questionable sites, or lead to dialogue if resolve proves wanting. XXXChurch.com also contains a discussion of masturbation, conducted under the (not really serious) premise that "God kills a kitten every time you masturbate." Wow.

Vice Squad frequently laments efforts (particularly public efforts) to coerce adults from vice, but generally supports both public and private actions that provide some assistance to those who are looking to bolster their self-control. The massive increase in the availability of pornography in recent years, combined with the possibility of avoiding existing social controls by accessing porn over the web,has presented a serious problem for lots of individuals and families. If XXXChurch.com or others who offer help with pornography addiction can reduce the numbers of those harmed by excessive porn consumption, then more power to them.

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