Sunday, May 17, 2009
An alert reader sent me this link and I have to say, it's such a treasure trove of hilarious insanity that every time I go back and read through it, I feel like I find new comedic gold that I somehow missed before -- which makes it the gift that keeps on giving.
Basically, what you're about to read is a website/online support group for young Christian men who valiantly struggle with the evil of "porn addiction." At face value, there's technically nothing wrong with this; if you feel like an infatuation with porn is ruining your life then it would make sense to want to avoid it and, of course, finding others in your unique situation who can offer a few words of wisdom from the front might be a benefit to you. But needless to say, as with anything that involves Christianity, the idea of obsessing about porn and letting it control your life quickly degenerates into half-baked Christ-themed scare tactics and conspiracy theories about how watching porn will eventually and inevitably lead to killing yourself because you wake up one morning with the family dog in your bed and your penis smelling like wet fur.
Case in point:
"What I am about to say will not be easy to hear.
Ok. I have been on this 'battle front' for quite some time, and in my experience, this is not abnormal.
It is not right, but its not abnormal.
Let me explain.
This addiction grows. It gets worst over time.
This is (in my experience with myself and helping others) usually how it progresses. For guys it usually starts with pictures of girls (mostly clothed). Soon the guys need more, and it turns to full nudity in the pictures.
Ok. Then that isn't enough. Soon it starts to become videos of girls nude.
But wait... Its never enough. The addiction keeps growing. Just seeing a girl nude isn't enough, you need to see a sexual act.
So now you have gone from viewing pictures of girls partly clothed all the way up to watching videos of sex.
Does it stop there? No.
Soon, watching normal sexual relationship between a man and a woman is not enough to satisfy the hunger of your growing addiction. Here is where things start to spit. I know of four main ways things can go after that...
1. The first path is rape. Watching videos and viewing pictures of rape. Scary right? No. Whats scary is the next step after this. When pictures were not enough, you wanted something more real, and you turned to videos. What happens when videos are not enough? The vast amount of rapists out there really did start off with a simple porn addiction.
(note: Not everyone with a porn addiction will progress all the way to these last stages, but it has happened, and no doubt will happen a lot more)
2. Homosexuality. Soon the addiction starts to alter your mind, and you start to look for homosexual situations to view. Again, watching is not enough and you start to look around OFF the computer for homosexual relationships. You start to seek out the actual act of homosexual sex.
3. Incest. Again, your mind is being warped by this addiction, and you are starting to view younger and younger people as attractive. So you start entering into the real 'illegal' porn areas. You view what is basically rape of children. And once again, viewing soon isn't enough. The addiction is growing, and you want more. Pedophilia soon results.
4. Bestiality. Man and woman are not enough, you start to seek things outside the 'box'. Soon a relationship with other species seems attractive to you. And once again viewing eventually wont be enough.
All these steps you would have probably found disgusting to you when you first started, but as things progressed and your heart hardens to this sin, things that would have appalled and shocked you now become acceptable.
A person may not take any of these paths, or they may combine them.
Some people can easily stop themselves from moving onto the stage, and simply 'satisfy their addictions hunger' by staying anywhere from the 'hardcore' videos to never moving beyond the partially clothed pictures."
Oh yeah, and just about every kid on this thing is trying to come to terms with the fact that he's gay. Hell, they even debate whether Jesus might have had gay urges.
Tell me that doesn't rule.
So for this link and the picture, which I'm most certainly going to hell for if such a thing exists, I thank you, Mike.
Teens Against Porn