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Thanks to being alerted by Richard’s post, I was able to watch a screening of Traffic Control last night in Provo. This documentary debunks the fictionalized fantasy of pornography and highlights a new (and amazingly simple) idea that can allow parents the option to block such filth from their computers with success.
The internet is an amazing tool that has been used for much good. However, Satan has jumped on board to use it for his purposes, and hence we see the prolific permeation of pornography, whether we consciously seek it out or not. Popups, malware, advertisements, and other related items force this intrusive filth in front of us, casting aside our agency in the matter. Children are being subjected at increasingly younger ages to sexually abrasive material, thus desensitizing them and fostering within them a desire to act out what they have seen and satiate their innate curiosity.
The new idea I mentioned is CP-80, which stands for “Community Port 80”. The idea proposes that all porn sites be moved to a different internet port (of which there are around 65,000, the average internet user using only 4 or 5 of those). By separating the content onto another port, parents can choose to block that port from their homes, much like they can block an offensive TV channel. The content is controlled by the service provider, so by blocking the port, the content never reaches your home.
Free speech is protected and free agency and choice is preserved. It’s an amazingly simple solution to a complex problem. I applaud Ralph Yarro and his team for their hard work in promoting this effort.
Yesterday the Utah House of Representatives unanimously passed H.C.R. 3 (PDF), sending it to the floor of the Senate. Sadly, this is simply a resolution, a non-binding statement which serves as a petition of sorts to the federal government. We need more action on this matter, and less statements of concern.
Critics of this legislation cite the fact that the government should not be involved in legislating morality. Readers of this blog know how much I am in favor of limited government with clearly outlined powers (and the restriction thereof). The idealist in me realizes that the only effective way to combat the filth is to promulgate the gospel and its divine principles. The Atonement is the only thing that can repair such corrosive damage. On the other hand, the realist in me acknowledges that one must usually work in the current system to effect change. However, in rare cases of grassroot activism a revolution is formed. As the film’s narrator said, “the revolution starts with us”. Us means me. And you.
Will you be part of a revolution? Will our posterity look to us as agents of change, standing for truth and righteousness? Or will we be glossed over as apathetic “all is well in Zion” defeatists?
The choice is ours. Now.
Highlighted throughout the documentary was the story of Shelley Lubben, a former porn star, prostitute, drug addict, and abuse victim. This amazing woman has, with the help of God and her now-husband, made an 180 degree shift in her life. Her story is amazing, and her cause worthy of mention. In a Q&A session afterwards, she discussed that she feels it is her mission to deglamorize and demystify the porn industry. The created fantasy is just that—a big, fat, festering lie. It is an illusion which she, better than anybody else, can work to dispel.
As Shelley and several others discuss in the film, the cankerous addiction of pornography destroys families, careers, and individuals. Richard’s post linked to an excellent talk by Elder Holland, which cited the following quote from an associate:
“When I ask men who are sex addicts if they would want their wife or daughter to be in porn, 100 percent say, ‘No'” she said. “All of them say, ‘No.’ They want it to be somebody else’s wife or daughter. They know this material is damaging [and the practice degrading.]”
Indeed, the illusion of fantasy is fostered by the adversary to destroy and degrade what is intended to be sacred and spiritual. In that fantasy, the victims and subjects are always “somebody else”. Severe traffic control is needed, and it’s looking like CP-80 is the right tool for the job.