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I Hate Porn because I Hate Child Abuse and Sex Slavery

I bought a diamond ring for my wife.

I saw it at the store, I didn’t think I could afford it but the woman behind the counter told me it was on sale. She said they had to discount it because most customers are refusing to buy it.

“Why?” I asked.

“Well, because it’s a blood diamond. It was mined in a conflict zone and sold to fund the activities of a brutal warlord. It was probably extracted out of the ground by child slaves. There’s probably a lot of misery, death, rape, and suffering that brought this diamond from a mine in Africa to a jewlery store in Baltimore.”

I was disgusted. I passionately oppose child slavery and violent African warlords, I insisted to myself.

But… Then again… Man, that diamond sure is pretty. And it’s cheap! So affordable! See how it sparkles!

Anyway, it looks really nice on my wife’s hand. Don’t judge me. I don’t endorse or condone all of those bad things; I just chose to potentially help fund them because I enjoy the fruits harvested from those bad things.

Make sense?

Are you convinced?

Me neither.

helpmeHonestly, I’m trying to trick you. I wanted to get you on board with the basic premise that we should not knowingly contribute to or condone brutality, rape, and exploitation, even if we enjoy whatever sparkly, pleasurable thing these atrocities might produce.

I wanted you to shake your head in dismay over my callous disregard for these injustices, so that the momentum might keep you shaking your head when I change the subject to a different kind of blood diamond: pornography.

Let me say upfront that I am biased. I hate porn.

I’m a man in modern society, and I still hate pornography. I don’t hate it because I’m some sort of morally righteous saint (far from it); I hate it because I understand it. I hate it because I’m honest with myself about it.

Believe me, I’d prefer not to hate it. I’d rather live in the convenient reality that pornography apologists so unconvincingly attempt to construct — the one where porn is just an innocent bit of fun, and our porn habits exist in some kind of vacuum, completely separate from all of the dark, seedy, repulsive things that fuel the industry.

That’s a fun world. An easy world. A world that requires less energy and thought. I wish that world was more than a fantasy or a rationalization — but it isn’t.

Here on Earth, the situation is more complex and challenging. Here on Earth, we have to deal with stories like this.


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  • glop

    Where is the story re:the ring?

    • URKiddinMee

      Perhaps you should re-read the article attuned to the analogy he was trying to make?

      • RobertNorwood

        If it was up his butt he’d know.

  • mike slaney

    My first thoughts on this type of activity (sin), is self inflicted. No one forces you to drink, smoke, view Porn, ect. Now having said that, I like the writer’s article, his sincerity and honesty, I wish more leaders were so about this destructive issue that has a strangle hold on the morality of our country as well as others. He states, he is not some moral righteous saint, as to diminish the point of wanting to be moral and righteous, so what’s wrong with that? I am a Moral Righteous Saint (NOT SELF RIGHTEOUS, big difference) when I received Jesus Christ as LORD, He declared me righteous, so I am, yes, to LIVE IT! Not bad mouthing the writer, wanting to clarify. Back to the topic, Pornography, it is a terrible Master to be under and carries a destruction in it’s wake. There are very few programs I have seen that heal the wounds caused by Pornography. There is one I do recommend based on personal testimonies and the success rates on never going back into. It is called “Reformers Unanimous” and deals with many kinds of addictions. http://www.gotaddictions.com.

    • dennodog

      Why was it that up until the “enlightened” 70’s, everyone knew that pornography and prostitution were dangerous, dirty, unhealthy, and illegal conducts? The degenerates “cleaned it up” and made them attractive and “victimless” and the politicians eagerly followed this track. Today the murders, assaults, abductions, and other crimes have risen yet still the light is not shone on the pimps and the profiteers of these crimes. They do the opposite. Glamorize, and still downply the destruction of the lives of the true victims.

      • mike slaney

        Not to directly answer the question, if I understand you, it goes back to a very old cliche, “people in glass houses don’t throw stones.” The leadership of our country is filled with immorality and pointing fingers is not a good idea because all the knights at the round table are pointing at one another. Jesus Christ said it best, Satan’s kingdom would not stand if his demons started to attack one another
        with finger pointing. One must beg the question, “I wonder why,” the answer is simple, America has fallen to his power, short of the miraculous, repentance, which I don’t see, America has for some time been in it’s final death throes. It is only time that GOD grants every nation to turn and when it fails, destruction without repentance. God just simply looks upon the earth and raises up another nation to fulfill his wishes. It is the same story concerning the Jews, they failed the grace of GOD and He turned to the Gentiles. By the way, GOD will regraft them in the vine at the end. Journey well.

        • dennodog

          Well said,Mike. What I was attempting to convey was that illegal and immoral conduct is now accepted almost universally. Rather than condemn the immoral conduct like it once was, we just “legalize” it and support it. (abortion, sodomy,pornography, gambling,prostitution and the like.) Not that long ago there were “crimes of moral turpitude”. I sounds puritanical, but the messages were conveyed and at minimum, the violators were punished and embarassed. Those days are gone as there is no stigma attached to vile acts anymore. Years ago a few of my “bookie” friends did some time in the local jails for “taking numbers”. Back then, that was a “moral turpitude” offense. Now we call it the “State Lottery” and “legal casino gaming” as they like to refer to it. Even though legalized and encouraged now, the same pitfalls result. Murder, assaults, diseases, money and credit problems, and the like. They had a better understanding of the evils out there than the “enlightened”creatures have today. Peace.

  • http://yahoo.com/ DustyFae

    Same as when you buy from any foreign Nation, most are junk and were made by forced labor… Even if you do get something valuable from another Nation, there is almost always forced labor behind it… I see lots of pretty things l think l want.. but l am shopping wiser now also..

    • dennodog

      Nike footware, made by slave labor in Vietnam comes to mind. For over 20 years, “American” companies have exploited these people. They waited patiently for clinton to ok “normalization” and all they had to do was “turn on the lights”. They were ready to go. GM Hanoi, GE, and hundreds of others eagerly exploit those that “do jobs that Americans don’t want to do.”

  • dontdoitagain

    Blood diamond. How droll. Lets interject some drama into a diamond purchase. More propaganda.

    Do we not buy everything from China? They don’t use child labor? I seem to remember something about a square, Tienemen (sp?) I believe. Something else about some religious group that China stamped out. Don’t the Chinese pollute the environment? Yet this is all just fine, I guess. Much better than those damnable diamond merchants.

    Do the Saudis and all the middle east oil producers not treat their serfs/slaves with disrespect and disdain? Subject them to draconian sharia law? And yet, we still import their oil regardless of the fact that we could be energy independant. At least the Saudis don’t mine for blood diamonds.

    I disregard the fables and do-gooder instincts that go along with “blood diamonds”. I’m not sure about the connection with porn, but we do have ample evidence that viewing such isn’t good for the psyche.

    • Liberallez

      Will you please stop with the sanity and good logic and just go along with the program?? Spoilsport!!

      • dontdoitagain

        LOL!

    • Mike11C

      Call me an ass but, I am not really concerned with “changing the world” while we have such a huge amount of problems right here at home. I think we need to fix what is wrong HERE before we even think about what is wrong elsewhere. I can’t care about slavery in Africa or child labor in China while we have Veterans dying while waiting on medical care or we have a government who has spent us into a $17 TRILLION debt. Do you ever fly? They tell you “in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help someone else”.

      • dontdoitagain

        Mike11c you are correct in every detail and your thoughts mirror mine. Enough already with the bleeding heart crap. My own sympathies have been destroyed by the “price tag” associated with it. Every time some alleged horrible thing comes up in the world, WE have to PAY and pay for it, while decimating our own population.

  • RobertNorwood

    Problem is the people who do this have their money – blood diamonds are not sold on consignment. They are also harder to get in civilised countries like the U.S., make sure you buy from reputable suppliers.
    I wouldn’t waste my money on a diamond anyway, a $3500 – 4500 3/4 carat diamond is only really worth about $800. Diamonds are the biggest rip off going along with weddings and wedding dresses.
    Oops – I’m going to piss some women off but what the heck, I’m a guy and I foot the bill for this stuff. Yeah, despite my high-assed talk if you got a good gal in your life and that’s what she wants…do it.

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