There are two very definite camps. On the one hand those who "thank the Lord" that South Africa has not leaned that far into the liberal camp that "our children's minds will be polluted with that filth." On the other there are those who say simply "live and let live" and "you don't have to pay for it if you don't want it" and "you can always change the channel if you don't like it."
This gave rise to a question in my own mind: how do the "thank the Lord" camp firstly explain how they know that adult channels on TV are necessarily "filth" and, secondly, how do they explain the amount of "filth" contained in the book that they leave lying around their homes in prominent places and and even encourage their children to read. I'll come back to this in a minute.
This is 2012 not 1812, we openly discuss sex, with our children and each other, and make no secret of the origins of their baby brothers and sisters when our children ask the question. We actively encourage our children to ask questions, and teach them to be responsible about how they choose the people with whom they engage in sex acts. It's not as if sex is a big secret to anyone, anymore. Also do we really want our courts to censor our entertainment, and if we allow and "thank the Lord" for their decision to close this channel, how long will it be before they demand that any channel that does not encourage their personal vision of their place in the universe, should be "shut down" and revert to the day where we are no longer allowed to see anything that does not promote the creationist point of view?
To return to the hypocrisy of the "thank the Lord" camp, allow me to demonstrate the sort of thing they refuse to discuss but that the openly and without a second thought, actually give to their children to read:
Judges 19 22Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.23And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.24Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.25But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.26Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light.27And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way:and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.28And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.29And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.
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2 Kings 2: 23And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
24And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
The men of Sodom demand the angels who've come to see Lot so that they may know him, he offers his unmarried daughters instead, but they refuse so his family escapes.
Lot's daughters get him drunk and have sex with him producing a son each.
1 Samuel 18:27
David and his men went out and killed two hundred Philistines. He brought their foreskins and presented the full number to the king so that he might become the king's son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.
The rape of Dinah when Jacob sons circumcise all the rapists and then kill them and take all their goods, because one of the men had raped their sister.
Abraham is short of money so he offers his wife (who incidentally is also his sister by another mother) to Abimelech as a sex slave, saying she's his sister. The king finds out she's his wife so he offers him money and cattle to go away. And Abraham does this not only once, but twice.
Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."
I have, in my collection of Bible verses to quote, a collection of no less than 1155 instances of violence in the Bible. This book is promoted, as the "best selling book of all time." Sometimes I think because it promotes violence and particularly violence towards women and children. But a television channel, one that the viewer has to pay in order to obtain access, and that is accessible only via a password, will "pollute our children's minds" and will "promote paedophiles to attack our children," is shut down and the "Lord" is praised, as if, if he really exists, he actually cares about what people watch on television, while he's busy sending horrific diseases to people who are living in the most unfriendly places on earth, earthquakes, tsunamis and cruise ship disasters to others.
My personal feeling about pornography is not pertinent to this discussion because I don't judge what other consenting adults do with their bodies. I don't care if people want to have tattoos, have multiples sex partners, sleep with members of the same sex, marry people of the same sex, are prepared to have sex in front of a room full of camera operators and be paid for it, have abortions, or any of the other activities in which people engage, for a very simple reason: it is none of my business as long as the participants are consenting adults, and no one is being forced to participate.
Let us put this nonsense into perspective. Pornography is available on the internet, in adult video stores, can be downloaded from video websites and people enjoy watching it. Who am I to demand that they be prevented from doing this? I am very much in the "live and let live" camp.