Christian Right�s addiction to porn blamed on technology
By Frank J Ranelli
Online Journal Guest Writer
Jul 9, 2007, 01:06
Right�s newest adversary of evangelicalism and outward disdain for pornography
may have less to do with their distaste for it and more to do with the fact it
is maxing out their credit cards.
Jerry Falwell may be dead, but the Moral Majority mob is
still dealing out duplicity on issues of faith and flesh. In another dramatic
display of heretical hypocrisy, a poll taken by the self-proclaimed
"World's most Christian website,� Christianet.com, found that a majority
of Christian men � 50 percent � are addicted to pornography! Additionally, the
poll also reported that 20 percent of Christian women are keen to sneaking a
peek at others fornicating for fun. Technology, in all its modern, unseemly
depravity, it appears, is to blame.
Refreshing the reader's memory, these "porn again"
Christians belong to the fomenting faction of virtuous prudes that fervently
lined up and espoused former Attorney General John Ashcroft's "Crusade
against Porn" and pleaded that the semi-nude, art deco statues in the
halls of the Justice Department have curtains draped over the exposed breasts
of the sculptures. These same "modesty police" also stridently called
for former President Bill Clinton's impeachment for a minor infidelity while
residing in the White House. Being furtively naughty, it appears, is the new
haughty for the holy.
Bill Cooper, president of Christianet.com, said, "We are
seeing an escalation to the problem in both men and women who regularly attend
church." The holy-roller Cooper, in usual self-righteous, sanctimonious
style, offers his impressive imaginary reason for the increase: "Technology
has allowed pornography to flood the marketplace beyond a controllable
level." Evidently, Mr. Cooper feels he is having difficulty keeping his
flock together and decided to blame his lack of dominion over the righteously
duped on the grass of which they graze rather than the shepherd in charge of
herding his sheeple.
The website, Christianet.com, can only be described as a
cornucopia of naked pandering of Christianity for profit and a brazen marketing
of faith-based propaganda. A quick review of the site will find links on
everything from "Christian jobs" to "Christian insurance"
and the ubiquitous Christian favorite, "Chick-fil-A." With an
aficionado list of religious-right favorites from "Obeying the Creationist
View" to the "Chief-in-Pharisee" himself, George W. Bush, the
website abruptly turns more venal than venereal.
Remarkably, Clay Jones, founder and president of Second
Glance Ministries, a co-sponsor of the Christianet.com website and poll, rather
disingenuously alludes to a "paradigm shift" during the past four
years in which the sexual behavior of so-called 'Christians" has changed.
This novel "shift" insinuates that Christians are more apt to stray
-- due to advances in technology -- as of late and search out a piece of finely
purveyed filth on film. Perhaps it is not human behavior that has changed, but,
ironically, the incorrectly blamed technology for the shift in seedy activities
is the very mechanism that has exposed the religious-right's voracious appetite
for flesh peddlers� products all along.
Another salacious tidbit from their "poll on porn for
Christians" is that, "60 percent of the women who answered the survey
confessed [to] having significant struggles with lust." Furthermore,
"40 percent admitted to being involved in sexual sin in the past
year." When a website offers such sinfully rich items to choose from like,
"Second Glance,� a set of CD's that intimate that an averted glance of
sexual nuance presumably reveals you are going straight to the arms of Satan
for such wantonness of admiration. It's no wonder these women have
"struggles with lust."
The poll moreover feigns an implication that no one is
immune from the "vice-grip clutches of sexually addictive behaviors"
and that "repeated attempts at sexual gratification" can fell even the
most stalwartly of faith-followers, including deacons and even clergy. What the
poll in truth denotes is greater empirical evidence that we are creatures of a
sexual nature that inevitably will follow our primordial instincts. That
humankind yearns for that which we find pleasing to the eye and pleasurable to
our senses. Clergy and deacons� -- or any other creature for that matter --
insatiable appetites for sexual gratification is purely an untainted attempt to
honor our hormonally-driven instinct to "spread our seed" and
continually re-populate the Earth. Sans any physical gratification, as Cooper
and Jones rather dismally propose as a means to salvation, Homo sapiens would
quickly fall extinct.
Scattered about all this Christian pious hyperbole is the
banal bantering and over-looked double-standard being applied by the followers
of this fundamentally flawed faith. Their belief in a superlative set of human
conduct laws, divvied out by dogmatic charlatans, provides suppressive
camouflage for reprehensible, spiteful judgment of others. While those that
deceptively declare to know Christ best misleadingly warn us of the
ever-increasing dangers of the bustle to the brothel of digital desires, they
themselves gobble up cinematic sins of smut at a meteoric meter.
While the poll on porn among practicing Christians evokes
evidence of an addiction to portrayals of hedonistic acts, a closer examination
will reveal an addiction of another kind. It has been said that prostitution is
the oldest profession in the world. What the sanctimonious among us are in
actuality addicted to is the hawking of old-fashion prostitution. Not
prostitution in the literal "street walker" sense, but the degraded,
twisted misuse and shameless sale of something of invaluable significance -- in
this case the Golden Rule of life -- in exchange for power and profits,
subjugation and submission.
The Christian-Right's affinity for porn and the need to
scorn it is simply a full-monte display of heresy and sacrilege. Thus, this
proves once again that the most egregious offenders of the Christian faith, who
cannot control their own excesses and indulgences, must forever assign blame
and find fault with everyone else but themselves. This time, it's technology
taking the rap.
J. Ranelli is a progressive, free-lance political writer, researcher, author
and blogger. He currently focuses his journalism on educating people of the
dangers of the Bush administration, the Religious Right, how the war in Iraq is
immoral and why the impeachment and removal of President George W. Bush and
Vice President Dick Cheney is necessary to restore a working democracy in
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