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Pornography Essay

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Sexual morality has declined in America today. The immoral life can be seen allaround us. We see it in drugs, alcohol, movies, magazines, gangs, teenage pregnancy,pre-marital sex, and society as a whole. A person can walk into almost any conveniencestore and purchase a magazine depicting naked women. Videos and movies with graphicsex scenes can be rented or watched in any movie theater. They have become morecommon than ever before. Almost every movie with an 'R' rating will have at least onesex scene. Even Forrest Gump, a highly acclaimed movie, had a sexual act and nudityinvolved. Also public television has been known to show nudity and sex. Allusions aremade to sex in every part of our ...view middle of the document...

The first amendment wasdrafted, not to protect boring, popular, or inoffensive views, however, but to protect theright of people to hold and express controversial ideas.There is a line, though. A television network cannot show images of childrenhaving sex, but it can show a naked woman, if the perspective is such that certain parts ofher body are not seen. In Germany, access is blocked to certain 'chat rooms' whichcontain pedophile pornography. In Denmark, the government has dropped all legalbarriers against pornography for adults. Explicit magazines cannot be sold to anyoneunder the age of eighteen, showing some morality is still intact in America today, if notentirely.The Church's stand on pornography is clear and obvious. The Catholic Church isadamantly against all pornography. Pornography '...offends against chastity because itperverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does graveinjury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each onebecomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others.' The church's view is that'...civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographicmaterials. God has willed that the expression of sexual ideas be within the confines ofmarriage. No man has the right to violate the will of God, and pornography is a violationof this will. It is an unnatural act, a immoral human act.The responsibility of the church over the matter of pornography is to be a clear,constant teacher of the faith, especially objective moral truth. We live in a time ofpermissiveness of moral violation and confusion. It is a time that demands that the churchbe a clear voice of morality and its role in society.Pornography and wanton violence in the media can blind people to the divineimages, the very likeness of God, in the human being. We are made in the image of God,and to portray that image in a perverse and corrupt way for the enjoyment of others is notonly immoral, but goes against our human nature and purpose, to know, love, and serveGod in this life, as well as through to the next. To willingly disobey God and pervert oneof his creatures is sacrilegious, and a grave offense against God.We must educate those in Catholic schools as to why pornography is wrong, andwhy we must fight against it. Combined, the voices of all morally fit individuals in societywould be loud enough to cause the communications industry to cease the senselessproliferation of immoral content into society. Everyone must resist the temptation and notgive in to the grip that pornography has on a lot of people in this world.As it is now, in an unscientific poll, if offered just $100,000 to pose for apornographic magazine, almost fifty percent of high school students would seriouslyconsider performing this immoral and unspeakable act.Pornography has many obvious as well as not-so-obvious consequences withinsociety. Pornography has the power to ruin marriages, destroy trust,...

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