Conservative leader: Porn is a form of “pagan sexuality”

The influential Christian conservative organization Family Research Council (FRC) is hard (no pun intended) at work, trying to save us from pornography.  On Wednesday, in Washington DC, (the porn capital, incidentally) the FRC hosted a lecture, with the catchy title “Porn in the Dorm: The Impact of Pornography on College Campus Life.” Dr. Patrick F. Fagan, director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI)–“which examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America’s social problems, as illustrated in the social science data”—delivered the talk and power point presentation. Fagan, who served as President George H.W. Bush’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy for the Department of Health and Human Services, warned that “For college students, the use of pornography is especially problematic” with the potential to “destroy their education, their relationships and their future.”

And how does porn manage all this? According to Fagan’s 2009 paper, “The Effects of Pornography on Individuals, Marriage, Family, and Community,” on which he based his lecture, porn works through the mind, the, heart and the body, creating a “Distorted Perception of Reality, “ “Aggression and Abuse,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancies,” infidelity, divorce and separation.

His grand thesis is that pornography is an anti-Christian vestige of a sick pagan world: “What we really have is a pagan sexuality, which is totally different from a Christian sexuality. Homosexuality, infidelity, euthanasia, infanticide – these were all common sexual practices of pagan Rome. Christians were for being very different, for being monogamous, faithful.” Using the precise tools of social science to which his organization is dedicated, Pagan explained in his talk that, “There’s a pagan sexuality which is a pan-sexuality which is the erotic. Abortion, homosexuality, infidelity, pornography, euthanasia, infanticide all of those things were just the common sexual practice of pagan Rome and Christians were for being very different. Monogamous, faithful, struggling, etc…you know the chastity, purity.”

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