By James Lambert
| Guest writer
A number of weeks ago, WABC radio and Fox News commentator Sean
Hannity was lamenting on the air over the stark increase in sexual
crimes around the country. Hannity was recounting news reports of
a small girl who was abducted and sexually molested in a department
store in the South. He also mentioned that it seemed during recent
years such cases of rape, incest, molestation and other sexual crimes
were markedly on the increase and it bothered him. Such discussions
usually end there.
It is this writers contention that the pornography industry
is one of the main reasons we see a noticeable increase in sexual
related crimes around America. What Hannity and most of his friends
in the media fail to do is connect the dots.
In May of 1998, I appeared on the popular Fox News program The
OReilly Factor. Bill OReilly stated the commonly
held belief that you cannot say that the porn industry contributes
to increases in sexual crimes. He went on to say that such increases
in crime of this nature do not occur in the Netherlands where their
culture is overrun by the sex industry.
OReilly recently cited Sweden to make his case. He contended
that, as far as he could tell, hard-core porn has not had a deleterious
effect on society.
He also stated in his interview with me that he did not believe
for a minute the testimony of Ted Bundy. Bundy attributed his indulgence
in porn as the main contributing factor that strongly influenced
his sexual crimes.
OReilly said he covered and knew the Bundy episode inside
and out. Yet Bundy gave his last interview to a Christian organization,
Focus on the Family, because he believed that the secular media
would not honestly report the link between his long involvement
with porn and the negative effect it had on his life.
OReilly forgot some important facts while making his assertions.
First, the Netherlands and other European countries like Sweden,
Denmark, Germany and Belgium, do not regulate the porn industry
and do not report sex crimes like the U.S. does, i.e., incest, date
rape, sex with underage participants, public nudity or even pedophile
activity. In fact, there are publications in Europe that prominently
As for Ted Bundy, OReilly ignored the fact that the interview
with Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family was his final one.
Bundy was executed just hours after his interview. My question to
Mr. OReilly is: What did Bundy have to gain by linking his
addiction to porn and sex crimes knowing these would be his last
Porns powerful message
Clearly, it would be irresponsible to lay all of the moral devastation
of our society solely at the feet of the pornography industry. However
the porn industrys constant message of sexual perversion has
greatly desensitized this countrys moral sensibility.
Consider the following: It is not uncommon to find all types of
bizarre and grossly deviant forms of porn on the Internet. This
includes Web sites that graphically show sexual acts between animals
and humans, children and adults, fathers and daughters, mothers
and sons, brothers and sisters, and offer rape Web sites, group
sex Web sites, defecation Web sites, urination Web sites, and public
nudity Web sites.
What is particularly disturbing is the sheer volume of these sites
now on the Internet. Estimates of the total number of porn sites
runs from 1.2 million to 1.4 million, according to some pro-family
With so many homes lacking appropriate Internet blocking or filtering
devices to protect their family members, these images are now easily
available to millions of people of all ages. Just one image can
forever damage a young boys or girls mind.
Author Diana E. H. Russell, Ph.D., author of Against Pornography,
The Evidence of Harm, recently said, Hard-core porn has
devastating effects on society: the sex acts perpetrated in it are
acted out on women; the women used in it are harmed and degraded;
and because of the escalating nature of pornography, what was hard-core
becomes soft-core, and what was soft-core becomes mainstream images
It has become increasingly apparent that the flood of porn infiltrating
our homes through the Internet has desensitized the public at large.
Jan LaRue, chief counsel for Concerned Women for America, contends
that there is a strong connection between adult obscenity
and the seduction process.
Hard-core porn is commonly used to desensitize young girls and children
so they yield to sexual predators. Feminist Nikki Craft contends
that most women are unable to fathom the vicious acts done
to women by the pornography industry in the name of free speech,
profit, pleasure and, yes, entertainment.
Rev. Jerry Falwell, senior pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Lynchburg,
Virginia, contends that most people do not see or understand
the lascivious nature of pornography.
Falwell, a pastor for 47 years, says he has counseled many people
about this subject and has seen the damaging effects of porn, even
inside the church.
Falwell is convinced the reason so many churches are reluctant to
tell others about this problem, is that the pastors have problems
with Internet porn themselves.
While the evidence of cultural damage mounts, pornographers continue
to protest that their trade is harmless to society. What they fail
to explain is that each purveyor of porn reacts differently to the
use of pornography.
Hard-core porn allows both sexes to take the love out of this physical
expression and replace it with their own self gratification. Ultimately
this makes the sex partner a means to an end. The partner becomes
a tool of gratification and hence loses his humanity. The extent
of this loss depends on each person involved.
The more graphic and deviant the sex, the more our humanity disintegrates.
It is no wonder many feminists view hard-core pornography as hate
This does not even factor in those who become obsessed with porn,
giving way to sexual addiction (with estimates as high as 7% of
the adult population) and hence a downward spiral in their lives.
The porn industry is fueled by Americas growing appetite for
sexual imagery, the reluctance of government to regulate it and
untold billions in profits.
Falwell has been astounded in recent years by the awesome growth
of the porn industry. He considers porn to be a cancerous
plague in modern history exceeding the negative influence of the
drug epidemic in America.
Technological advances, the introduction of video, and the development
of the Internet have also greatly advanced smuts access to Americas
Mark this in sharp contrast to the time, 30 years ago, when the
vast majority of porn businesses were located in seedy
neighborhoods. Most Americans felt uncomfortable going to these
areas and often would not. Today videos, DVDs and the Internet have
changed all that.
In the 1980s, videos allowed Americans to go to their local video
rental stores and access porn directly. Now on the Interent Americans
can easily contact smut merchants and call girls directly from within
With little or no government regulation during the 1990s, the growth
of the porn industry exploded. Pornographers now gross close to
$14 billion annually, far exceeding domestic revenues of Hollywood
and most professional sports venues.
All these factors have dramatically compromised our cultures
Americans need to wake up to what is happening and take every action
to protect their homes and family members from the intrusive nature
of the porn trade.
Inexpensive and accurate Internet filters, particularly the technology
from Bsafe Online (www.afafilter.com),
can block pornographers from your computer while maintaining access
to the useful content on the Internet. There are also inexpensive
software packages that can be used to block pop-up porn
advertising and spam filters for E-mail. It is imperative that parents
take advantage of these protections for their families.
While we clearly see the damaging impact porn has on our society,
we need to be vigilant for our families sake and do whatever
is reasonable to protect our homes.
James L. Lambert is a licensed real estate mortgage loan sales
agent. He is author of the book, Porn In America (Huntington House)
available at www.afa.net/afastore/default.asp.
He regularly writes for Agape Press and his articles can be found
on his web site www.JamesLLambert.com.