Letter to the Editor
Citizens for Decency recently celebrated 25 years of community service, education and information about the continuing reality of pornography and all of its nasty consequences. This year’s slogan is “Keep it Clean, What is Heard, Worn and Seen” is another example of a community project that should involve all of us who truly care about the daily lives of all of our citizens. Our emphasis, and hopefully yours and mine as well, is to promote respectful, legal and loving sexuality, in the context of love and respect for all of our citizens, especially our children.
Much has changed in our society in the last 25 years. But much has not changed, as well. The persistent reality of the recruitment of the innocent for the production of pornography continues unabated. In my professional life, I am an educator and parent mentor for couples who have adopted children from American foster care and from foreign countries. The behaviors and stories that emerge from these children as they learn to trust their new families, continues to shock and dismay all of us involved in their care and assimilation into our homes and communities. All of them need our help and support. Unfortunately, the supportive services for these families are insufficient to really help cure the consequences of the usage of these tiny, abandoned and helpless children for the production of child pornography. And, honestly, we as a society, just do not want to know the whole truth. I know a lot more than I want to know. But I also know that without the whole truth, the problem and its production will only increase.
In our society, we have met the challenge of porn and its persistent reality by embracing extreme behaviors as “fun” and “entertaining.” You don’t have to actually buy pornography in order to view half naked people or to observe sexualized behaviors in almost all public venues.
If you want to “see some skin” for a little jolt of sexual stimulation, just go to any public venue and observe revealing and sexually provocative clothing worn, or not worn, by almost everyone, including a lot of folks whose skin exposures and massive flesh indicate addictions and excessive behaviors in the realm of food, beverage and alcohol intake, as well. We are good people. We are also excessive in many ways.
Those of us who are members of “Citizens for Decency” are not tongue clucking, finger shaking “shame on you” old folks. I have only been a member of this group for a short time. I like these people. They know how to have fun, love their neighbor and they worry about folks swept up in the sexual mania that encourages and supports the production and distribution of sexual pornography. They are your family, friends and neighbors.
Please consider joining us as we move into the next 25 years of education, support and solutions regarding the insidious infection of pornography and all of its personal, societal and social consequences. Remember: Keep it Clean, What is Heard, Worn and Seen. Thanks.
Citizens for Decency Lincoln County, Inc.