Thursday, January 8, 2009

Of Porn and Politics

I know this is a little out of left field, but as I was munching my breakfast cereal and reading up on the morning's news I came across a little something that literally made me gasp out loud, "Oh My God!" Then, I proceeded to go in this tangent on hubs, who totally agrees with me by the way, and then I decided, you know what, I need to blog about this.

First, let me just say how completely repelled I am by the current state of our economy. Our country is suffering the consequences of materialism and greed and the powers that be believe that the best was to handle such unpleasantries is by unleashing more stupidity on the nation. I'm talking about the bailouts. I've read up, listened, debated, discussed and thought deeply about all sides of the bailout issues, but in a country that can clone people, send someone to the moon, make the blind see, etc., this is the best we can come up with? Seriously?

So then it should come as no surprise, that as our country seems bent on nationalizing itself, that scum is coming out of the wood work and also demanding bailouts. I am pretty good about holding back judgment, and though I do believe there is hope for everyone, I must admit my guttural loathing of the vile filth that is the pornography industry. I hate everything about it and it's not because I'm a raging feminist...because raging I am not. It is simply that misguided information that so many have. Simply, people don't really know what is behind the porn that is in their homes, bedrooms and computers. The don't know about the multi-billion dollar sex trafficking industry that is fueling it.

Did you know that the United States is #1 in its demands for sex slaves? That's right. In 2007 alone, sex traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined and the greatest demand is in the U.S. Simple economics of supply and demand. Did you know about porn's black market here in the U.S. that produces 65% of the smut films in peoples homes? How about the number of marriages that porn destroys? The number of young men and women whose lives are damaged because of addiction to pornography, or dare I mention the increased levels of child pornography, pedophilia and oh...any one catch Dateline's To Catch a Predator?

Did you know that thanks to the the porn demands and sex trafficking, that there are more SLAVES today than at any time in global and American history? And did you know that the majority of today's slaves reside in the U.S.? If not, you should.

It's not that I think the people who watch porn are garbage, because I don't. Pornography has trapped a lot of people; good people. People who are innocent in that they really have no idea the depth of wickedness those images carry. It's not just about your own sinfulness, but about the lives of others. Do you know that if you have a teenage daughter and she runs away or is abducted that the likelihood is greatest that she will be sold into some kind of local or even international sex rings? This is greater than murder? And many of those girls who go missing every year end up on some amateur porn film and you have no idea that the girl you're watching on the television has a family that is desperate to know she's alive and to have her back. It's awful, this whole thing. And please don't think I'm self righteous about this, because I've been there. I've watched this stuff. I got trapped by its fangs. Maybe its because I have had such great guilt since I found out about the realities of this industry, that I have committed myself to helping those who are fighting human sex trafficking. And if you think about it, porn doesn't just enslave those who are in it, it truly enslaves those who watch it.

All of this being said, imagine my infuriating outcry when I read an article about Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis, sending a letter to congress asking for a $5 billion bailout of the pornography industry. No, I'm not kidding. Ludicrous, huh? What is the matter with us? Have we all gone completely mad? Not to mention, the porn industry thinks its in need of $5 billion of the governments money? For what, exactly? If anyone thinks porn is hurting, they are WRONG. They are at an all time high. And forgive me, but I'd like to see the industry just disinagrate.

So, what will Uncle Sam do? Will he bail out the porn industry? Will he globally acknowledge that he doesn't care about the men, women and children who are slaves in this country as a result of the high demand for sex, sex, sex? Or, will it be a pillar of dignity? And if it says no, how far with Mr. Flynt fight this? He is, of course, notorious for being over the top.

This brings me back full circle to the whole bailout concept. We have AIG, the 3 Auto Amigos and now Beavis and Butthead who all think they are in need of bailouts...money from the government. Well, what about Andrew and Jill who have three children, one half way running car and a mortgage that's about to default because Andrew just lost his job? Where is their bailout? I'm swimming in medical debt up to my nose from hubs back surgery this summer. Will I ever see a bailout from the government on that? Heck no. You want to help the 'little' people, then HELP the little people. Give us jobs, give us hope and give us the American Dream back. And that means, don't sell us the American Dream and then tell us we don't actually have to work for it just so you can take it away later. That's not the American Dream. If you want the "American Dream" you better work for it. You better study hard, work hard, save hard, love hard. You better stop spending and putting your life on credit. Quite being a slave to every department store you enter. And for the love of everything holy, you pray hard. You find that time to spend with God. You work with and for God's people and kingdom. You make a difference in the world and stop thinking about yourself all the time.

Apparently, us "little people" are going to have to show the big guys what the American Dream is all about, and its not private jets.

Thanks for letting me rant.

12 comments:

Heather Nicole said...

wow.

I am blown away by this.

I cant even think of a comment.

God bless you girl and thank you for ranting.

Indigo said...

I would like to believe that the govt. has enough common sense not to bailout the porn industry...then again they haven't exactly shown much of what common sense stands for these days. As for the bailouts. I think seriously they should of whacked off the top half of the industries who asked for bailouts. Given those jobs to someone who would appreciate them at a more reasonable salary. Problem solved. That however would of taken time, these days no one has patience nor strength to do what needs to be done. Not to mention most of our money is given to other countries for products that could of easily been made here.

All we can do is hope that someone finds some common sense, and soon. (Hugs)Indigo

Nitewrit said...

Consumer Union has asked the government to push back the conversion to digital TV because too many people still have not understood the need or gotten converters. I heard last week the government wasn't able to supply the coupons they had issued for people to but these converters.

What does this have to do with your post? Only that the government has a poor record of commonsence or problem solving.

These bailouts are ridiculous and ill-conceived. I dread to think where they will lead. They are not going to cure the problems because they ignore the root causes because that would be politically embarrassing to a number of those in government.

I also heard yesterday about Larry Flynt's bailout request. As incredible as it sounds, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if somehow the porn industry did get givernment aid.

But isn't everything we see now what we were told was going to happen in Scripture? Is not what is good called evil and what is evil called good now?

Pray for us all.

Larry E.

Darryl said...

Not much more to be said than "Amen!"

Porn is destructive on so many levels; thankfully, some churches are beginning to acknowledge this is a major problem that must be addressed. I believe there are many Christians caught up by porn, their witness hindered by Satan's temptation.

If you haven't seen it, check out Mark Driscoll's blog on which he offers a free download of his book on this subject:

http://relit.org/porn_again_christian/

Whether one agrees with or likes Driscoll, you have to admire the fact that he addresses the subject head on . . .

Just like you have!

David Richardson said...

Yeah, I read about this same thing on Drudge Report the other day. I, like you, was BLOWN AWAY! My first words were, "You've got to be kidding me!"

You make a good point here about the reality of porn. Thanks for having the courage to address an awkward topic. I agree with you 100%. Well done! :)

friedmsw said...

WOW! Rant away! Everything you say hits the nail on the head. Preach on Sister! Love the comments too!!

The Running Golfer said...

Wow. That was profound and awesome and unbelievable. Jeepers, I`m glad to be back from holiday otherwise I might have missed this.

Awesome stuff Tiffany...

beloved Mama said...

This is really good info! Thanks for sharing...I had heard that the porn industry was asking for money, but I thought it was just a joke!!! oh my!

Tamela's Place said...

Hey That was some great ranting.. A whole lot of righteous indignation with a powerful punch.. It made me think of Jesus when He was in the temple whoopin on a few folks! It's good to get righteously indignant every now and then.. Keep bringing the message with the fire!


Blessings to you :)

The Other K Wick said...

Wow, that's about all I have is WOW! Thanks for sharing, I had no idea.

The Running Golfer said...

Hey Tiffany, just checking in to see if you are ok. We haven`t heard from you in a while and miss your updates!

God bless

Stephen and Brandy Verner said...

Thanks so much for your honesty about this subject. While it's totally ridiculous that the porn industry would expect a bailout, in their minds they feel justified because pornography is a huge industry in this country (as in $12 billion in the US alone, $57 billion worldwide). Let me put that into perspective for you. Porn revenue is larger than the revenues of all professional football, baseball, and basketball fanchises COMBINED! So, my question is how did we let things get this bad? I feel like the church as a whole has failed America by not confronting this subject head on. Did you know that 47% of Christians say that pornography is a MAJOR problem in their home. If that is the case with Christians, then I can only imagine the percentage for non-believers. The church in America is going to have to step up to the plate on this issue. We have to stop hiding our heads in the sand and pretending that this doesn't happen in our families, in our churches, in our communities. It IS happening and people don't know that there is a way out of this. Later this year, our church is partnering with XXXChurch. If you're not familiar with them, I would recommend you check them out at www.xxxchurch.com. They are the self-proclaimed "largest anti-porn ministry on the planet". Some of their tactics are pretty radical, but quite frankly this problem needs some radical solutions. Now, I'm ranting. Sorry! :) Keep up the great work on your blog. I've enjoyed reading it!

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