Thursday, February 3, 2011

Want Porn? Go to Church

Just today, the man who took the seat next to me on the MAX proceeded to do a spectacularly poor job of concealing his pornographic magazine within the covers of another magazine. Verily porn is everywhere these days, even in churches:

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6.
Something tells me that "subject of sermon is pornography" does not equate to "sermon includes pornography," but by the usual standard of efforts to put butts in pews and dollars in donation plates by the use of attention-grabbing hotbuttons, I have seen worse. Salaciousness sells, even if it does make baby Jesus cry.

All that will be as it will be, but I would be remiss not to quote the following verbatim, since it offers so much to the genre of alarmist, trollish porn reportage:
According to a survey by Pastor Rick Warren's website, Pastors.com, 54 percent of pastors have looked at pornography in the past year. Gross says evangelicals have plenty to say about sexual morality — as well as infidelity, sex before marriage and homosexuality — but when it comes to pornography, they need to do more than lob arguments.
Yes indeed, it has it all -- a mention of crap-sack pastor Rick Warren; the revelation that Pastor Crap-Sack conducts opinion polls; the weird insinuation that there exists such a thing as a 'pastors dot com' for some reason; the name "Gross" appearing alongside the mention of pastors gawking at porn; the casual naivete with which the claim that barely more than half of pastors have gawked at porn in the last year is presented as fact; the strong, if not ineluctable, implication that 46% of pastors have spent the last year gawking at porn almost non-stop; and, of course, the mammoth in its room, the fact that the subject matter is porn. Somehow, even "lob arguments" starts to sound tantalizingly lewd by the association with the rest.

If this year's National Porn Sunday does not eliminate pornography from the thoughts and deeds of all who attend the participating sermons, it will have achieved nothing of consequence. If it causes many or even just a few people to re-think the relationship between pornography, Jesus, and morality, by this time a week from now, it will have achieved nothing of consequence. To summarize, National Porn Sunday promises nothing of consequence. And too bad, because I would have gladly settled for something as trivial as never having to sit by the same creep on the MAX again.

1 comment:

Bill said...

We need groups like XXXchurch, www.PornFreedom.org and others to bring attention to an issues that remains virtually unspoken among those int the church.