The 2016 Republican draft platform contains a blistering denunciation of pornography as a grave threat to public health and a “menace.”The amendment which was adopted unanimously, promptly unleashed a wave of criticism from left wing commentators eager to poke fun at the Republican Party. The reality, however, according to WND Managing Editor David Kupelian, is that labeling pornography a health hazard is simply common sense.

“Only an idiot would scoff at the statement that pornography constitutes a public health crisis in America,” he said. “With hundreds of thousands of marriages destroyed by porn addiction, an estimated 100,000 child-porn websites and the reality that Americans, including a high percentage of teens and even children, are routinely exposed to graphic hardcore sexual images due to the ubiquitous nature of online pornography – of course it’s a crisis. Few things in our modern era reliably deliver more misery, suffering, bondage and family breakdown than pornography.”

It’s also part of a long-term trend. The Republican party went beyond the previous 2012 platform wording which only condemned child pornography, stating “Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.” The 2016 draft platform goes even farther. It reads: “The Internet must not become a safe haven for predators.

Pornography, with his harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and wellbeing. We applaud social networking sites that bar sex offenders from participation. We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography which closely linked to human trafficking.” The resolution was mocked on Twitter and condemned in several media outlets.

“There isn’t enough scientific evidence to prove that porn addiction is an ‘epidemic’ by any stretch of the imagination,” claimed Leigh Cuen at Mic. She also condemned Republicans for labeling porn a public health issue “while the rest of the nation worries about gun safety.”Not surprisingly, Steven Hirsch, the founder/co-chairman of the porn distributor Vivid Entertainment said the resolution shows Republicans are “out of touch.”

However, the negative impact of pornography is already a prominent subject in pop culture. Celebrities like Terry Crews have confessed their own struggles with pornography addiction. Gary Wilson’s TED talk on “The Great Porn Experiment” taking place in America because of the massive increase in pornography consumption details the devastating consequences of pornography on brain patterns and has several million views. According to The National Center on Sexual Exploitation 24 major studies since 2011 have revealed pornography has negative and detrimental impacts on the brain. Pornography consumption is also associated with destructive sexual behaviors, including those that increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Studies compared users of pornography to drug addicts and said the vice has similar effects on the brain.

Kupelian states, "porn activates the exact same addictive pathways in the brain as do drugs like heroin, and all addictions – whether to opioids, food, gambling or pornography – are extremely harmful and, by definition, a public health crisis.” - WND News

 

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