Monday, March 10, 2008

Governor Eliot Spitzer and Prostitution

The Governor of New York admitted to being involved in a prostitution ring, then he apologized. I won't comment on the politics of the matter, plenty are doing that. I want to point out an underlying social problem that won't make the papers. This kind of scandal is only going to get more and more common. Why? Because we have an epidemic of sexual addiction in our culture and aren't addressing it. Of course, the governor says it is a "private matter". The numbers tell us the story:
  • Adult Video News claims that the largest credit card company makes $35 million per month off of e-porn.
  • Porn earnings are estimated at $10-12 billion in the U.S. and $56 billion worldwide.
  • 90% of 8-16 year olds had viewed pornography online.
  • 51% of Christian clergy in one survey said porn is a temptation. 37% say they have a problem with it.
  • More than 25% of the adult male population of the USA admits to having an addiction to online pornography. More than 20% of Christian men admit to having a problem.

The problems of sex addiction and pornography are only now coming to the surface in our society. Spitzer's revelation is only the tip of the problem, wait until it reaches full maturation.

If you have a problem with sex addiction or pornography, then get help. Don't buy the lies. If you don't have a problem, then stand up and fight this part of the culture of death like these students to the right who went and protested Planned Parenthood passing out condoms at A&M on Valentine's day (romantic idea, isn't it?).

1 comment:

Marcel said...

The previous discussion to this post has been removed because several rules of this forum were broken:
2 - Keep it polite.
3 - Keep it short.
6 - Please do not challenge our pastoral application of Church Teaching via the comments.

The conversation turned into an unfruitful one. Once again, these kinds of discussions are not very useful when done on-line. I urge you to seek professional help. You say you cannot afford it, so I urge you to continue to seek it out in whatever way you can (local church, non-profit, government agency, etc.).