I am ashamed of my country and at the same time proud that brave women have come forth to speak plainly about prominent men who have made inappropriate sexual advances. Perhaps their consciences will be readjusted. However, I wish such behavior was limited to the prominent. Many of us can look back at our own lives and lives of acquaintances and wonder why we foolishly accepted or even committed similar acts.
I am convinced that our culture and institutions, unfortunately, have not only allowed such behavior but also encouraged and trained boys thru media at a young age. One of the premier training grounds is the internet which provides impressionable youth with unlimited viewing of fantasy sex.
Studies have verified that viewing of porn can change attitudes of men and alter brain chemistry to affect actions. Now the internet offers progressive involvement with harder and harder porn. Eventually victims exhaust the electronic jollies and act out their fantasies. Note the Dobson interview with Ted Bundy. Note that 83 percent of jailed sex criminals began their dark lives viewing porn.
Stats say that 80 percent of men age 18 to 31 view porn at least one time per month and that perhaps 50 percent are addicted. We live in the Midwest. We know agriculture. We know that you don’t plant weeds and expect a crop of flowers. For too long, parents, schools, churches and businesses have allowed the seeds of porn and other sexual intrusions into our kids’ lives expecting no consequences. That’s a lie from the pit and time will verify our folly.
Is there a cure for our mess? “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible but with God all things are possible.’ ” Matthew 19:26.
Al Rennert, Lovington