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New York Law Journal: A search warrant affidavit that relied on evidence from automated software that helps investigators uncover child pornography was valid under the Fourth Amendment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled.
The Legal Intelligencer: Federal regulations requiring producers of pornographic material to keep records of their models’ ages don’t violate the First Amendment, but the warrantless searches they authorize do violate the Fourth Amendment, the Third Circuit has ruled.
The Christian Institute: Young men are becoming increasingly addicted to pornography leading to an improper view of real relationships, a leading psychologist has said.
Are those porn stars enjoying their jobs? The sex questions children aged 11 will be asked in government-backed lessons
Daily Mail: Children as young as 11 will be encouraged to critique the performance of porn stars under government-backed lessons. Youngsters could be quizzed about adult films by teachers in a bid to teach them about the issue of consent.
The Christian Institute: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has backed new non-statutory sex education guidance which encourages children as young as eleven to discuss pornography.
IWF: An IWF study has found 100% of the sexual images and videos observed, which were produced by children (aged 15 and younger), had been taken from their original online location and uploaded to another website.
The Washington Post: The British actor and comedian made news last week for making the video above, in which he discusses the impact of porn in his own life and asks whether the current ubiquity of lurid content — running the gamut from literal porn to lingerie billboards — might be having some negative consequences for our interpersonal relationships.
First Things: Seven years into his addiction to online porn, John wrote to tell me of his struggles. His addiction began when he misspelled a word in an online search and was taken to a hardcore porn site. When I received his letter, he was nineteen. If anything, his exposure to pornography at the age of twelve was later than some: studies reveal our children’s first exposure is even younger.
The Gospel Coalition: It is odd that simply because of its “sexual freedom” our time should be considered extraordinarily physical. In fact, our “sexual revolution” is mostly an industrial phenomenon, in which the body is used as a idea of pleasure or a pleasure machine with the aim of “freeing” natural pleasure from natural consequence.
Associated Press: Parents in a Pennsylvania school district are turning 50 shades of red over word search puzzles given to middle school students based on an erotic novel and movie.
Ethika Politika: The production and the consumption of pornography are human activities. (From here, I’ll refer to production and consumption together as pornographic communication.) Accordingly, pornography, in both its production and consumption, is intentional in structure—that is, what identifies pornographic production and consumption is the intent of the parties involved in that production and consumption. So in an effort to identify what is pornographic or non-pornographic, it isn’t enough to delineate or envision a collection of physical behaviors that is “off-limits.”
Aleteia: A battle is brewing in a northern California high school where parents discovered that an employee of a porn shop and a so-called “pleasure activist” are teaching sex ed at the school.
ERLC: In every age and culture there are certain habits of sinful behavior that are particularly common and overwhelmingly destructive. In modern Western cultures one of the most soul-destroying habits is consumption of pornography, which leads us to commit adultery in our hearts. (Matthew 5:28).
The Washington Times: Signatories include Alan Sears, president of Alliance Defending Freedom; Donna Rice Hughes, president and chief executive of Enough is Enough; Penny Nance, president and chief executive of Concerned Women for America; Laura J. Lederer, president of the Global Centurion Foundation Inc.; and Lawrence D. Jacobs, managing director of the World Congress of Families.
Life Site News: A Nigerian government official told participants at a workshop on the use of social media organized for religious leaders and youth that the federal government is planning to introduce a law that will ban all porn websites in the country.
Time Magazine: Yes, this Friday’s Page 3 Girl may be the last, and that’s — reasonably — good news. The Sun has not confirmed the move but its stablemate the Times of London reported that their mutual proprietor Rupert Murdoch had signed off on the decision to retire the photographs of bare-breasted models from the print edition of the tabloid.
The Washington Times (AP): Two Kansas lawmakers are pushing similar measures to make it illegal for someone to post nude photographs or videos of a former spouse or significant other on the Internet without permission.
Daily Caller: “The constitutionally protected freedom of people to express their views in public areas has been an essential part of American life since the nation’s founding,” said senior counsel Brett Harvey of Alliance Defending Freedom, the group that defended The King’s Men, in a press release. “We are very pleased that this ministry can continue its work and advance its values without the threat of baseless litigation.”
Charisma News: “The constitutionally protected freedom of people to express their views in public areas has been an essential part of American life since the nation’s founding,” added Senior Counsel Brett Harvey of ADF, which provided funding for defense of The King’s Men. “We are very pleased that this ministry can continue its work and advance its values without the threat of baseless litigation.”
The Global Dispatch: “The constitutionally protected freedom of people to express their views in public areas has been an essential part of American life since the nation’s founding,” added Senior Counsel Brett Harvey of ADF, which provided funding for defense of The King’s Men. “We are very pleased that this ministry can continue its work and advance its values without the threat of baseless litigation.”
Family Studies: A recent study claiming that pornography could be contributing to lower marriage rates made a lot of headlines. Two researchers at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Germany used data from the General Social Survey to determine how many hours participants spent on a variety of online activities each week. People who used the Internet more tended to be unmarried, and those who visited pornographic sites had were even less likely to be married.
ADF Media: A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit against a Christian ministry represented by Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorneys after a Pennsylvania sexually oriented business gave up its fight to stop the free speech of sidewalk counselors.
Study: Men who use porn are less likely to get married, may be contributing to decline in marriage in the US
The Christian Post: Men who use pornography are less likely to get married, according to a study published last month that shows the easy accessability of porn on the Internet has become a substitute for seeking a marriage partner among men ages 18 to 35.
Christianity Daily: This year, Alliance Defending Freedom, The Christian Film and Television Commission, Women for Decency, and Route 1520 were among the dozens of religious organizations that joined Morality in Media for the National Day of Prayer.
The Christian Institute: A new poll has found that one in six pupils have accessed pornographic websites on school computers.
The Gospel Coalition: “Rape culture” has come to mean different things for different people, and its use to shame and degrade any perceived misogynistic slight can cause a reflexively defensive attitude among certain sectors of the population.
Life Site News: A Denver-area man who offered to pay for an abortion to cover up his seven-year-long abuse of a preteen has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Christianity Today: In a society that largely champions sexual expression, including pornography, it is heartening to hear someone acknowledge its detriments. That’s why I was initially glad to see sociologist Mark Regnerus’s recent article in First Things.
First Things: Forty-three percent of American men (and 9 percent of women) now report using pornography within the past week. It’s not an adolescent thing, either, as data from the newRelationships in America survey reveals. For men, porn use peaks in their twenties and thirties before beginning to diminish slowly. Indeed, sixty-year-old men are only slightly less likely to have viewed pornography within the past week than men in their twenties and thirties.
Life Site News: I speak on sex and pornography in high schools quite often, and every time I do I’m faced with a dilemma: The adults in the room are likely to be shocked, horrified, and upset when I confront the students with the reality of what online porn is and why it is so dangerous. However, the teenagers for the most part are not even remotely shocked.
‘Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off’ Author: Porn addiction highest ever among women, including married and virgins
The Christian Post: Young women are battling with pornography now more than ever, many of whom are married or girls who are still virgins, says Christian author and blogger Shellie R. Warren.
Public Discourse: Although we uphold the cultural taboo on incest, we accept something with precisely the same negative effect on integrity, marriage, and family: pornography.
Nathan Cherry: A collaborative effort between Proven Men Ministries and the Barna Group has revealed the results of a new study showing just how addicted to porn many Christians really are. Proven Men Ministries founder Joel Hesch says this is an “epidemic” that may “spiral out of control” if left unchecked.
Life News: The main web site behind Planned Parenthood’s attempt to lure students with a sex educational campaign that leads to abortion now points those teenagers to a web site promoting pornography.
IPPR: We surveyed 500 18-year-olds to gauge their attitudes to sex and relationships, and their opinion of the education and support they had received.
The Christian Post: For years we have heard about the widespread use of pornography in the American church, especially among men, but the results of a recent poll are absolutely devastating: only three percent of Christian men say they never view porn and only 25 percent say they view it less than “a few times a year.”
The Christian Institute: Most teenagers believe it is too easy to accidentally see pornography online, and that people are “too casual about sex and relationships”, according to a new survey.
National Review: Lands’ End infuriated parents who went to the mailbox and found GQ magazines with a topless model as a ‘customer bonus’ for spending a certain amount of money on school uniforms.
Nathan Cherry: This particular PP staffer thought it would be a good idea to tell a 15-year-old that she should find a good “educational porno” to watch.
The Christian Institute: New broadband customers in the UK are overwhelmingly rejecting porn filters when prompted to install them by internet service providers, the industry watchdog Ofcom has found.
The Christian Post: Pornography does not satisfy like many may think it does because it has little to do with sex and everything to do with fantasy, says Christian author and blogger Tyler Ward.
Life News: SEXED: Episode Two reveals how a Planned Parenthood counselor tells a teenager that “sexual exploration is normal” for minors. The counselor encourages the minor to visit adult sex shops, which is illegal under municipal law, and watch pornography to obtain ideas on how to experiment with BDSM with her boyfriend.
Relevant Magazine: Last week, Google sent out a letter to many of their advertisers, informing them of their new policy to no longer accept AdWords advertisements containing explicit language or that link to porn sites.
Life Site News: I must warn you that what I’m about to share with you is very dark. If you are in need of a “pick-me-up,” this story is not for you. For some, this article might be quite depressing. For others, it might be a wake-up call, causing them to think of a side of pornography they’ve never before considered. The latter is my intent. Also note that I have Mindy’s permission, and indeed encouragment, to share her story.
BP News: Google is cracking down on sexually graphic content with two recent policy changes, one implemented in March and one that started in June. The new rules take steps to eliminate explicit material in Google’s advertisements and apps.
The Christian Post: Hosted by the anti-porn group Morality In Media and Pornharms.com, the Summit was sponsored and cosponsored by various special interest and religious groups.
The Christian Post: The Summit was hosted by the anti-porn group Morality In Media and Pornharms.com, with sponsors and cosponsors including the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Leadership Institute, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Family Watch International, and the Utah Coalition Against Pornography.
The Christian Institute: “At least 200,000 under 16-year-olds saw internet porn in a single month last year, the online video watchdog has said. The Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD), found that one in twenty UK visitors to adult websites during December 2013 was under 18.”
Fox News: “A feminist studies professor at a California state university is facing criminal charges after a videotaped run-in with a teenage pro-life demonstrator in which she snatched an anti-abortion sign and appeared to get physical with the girl.”
The Christian Institute: “Publishing adult material online which is ‘readily available to children’ could be against the law, the report warned. The Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report, entitled ‘Online safety,’ said there is ‘scope for greater enforcement in this area.’”
Paul S. Loverde, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, at First Things: “Those who deny that the act of viewing pornography has any negative consequences must understand just how toxic the situation has become. . . . The most graphic forms of pornography are now easily and anonymously accessible on the internet and on any smartphone. Many among us are now caught in patterns of addiction that rival those of drugs and alcohol in their grip on the individual, if not in the disruption that results in their lives. Depression, anxiety, isolation, marital strife, and job loss can all be intensified for those caught in the web of this addiction. . . . This addiction is not merely behavioral, a bad habit that can be broken like any other. Chronic viewing of pornographic material impacts one’s brain chemistry in a manner that can “hook” a person and lead to a quest for increasingly lurid forms of pornography.”
Associated Press: “Fourteen men were charged with operating an online child exploitation network that investigators said preyed upon hundreds of boys across the United States and overseas, authorities announced Tuesday.”
Damon Linker at The Week: “Unless millennials reverse course as they age (possible but improbable), America’s overall disapproval of porn is likely to decline dramatically over the coming decades. As that happens, the country’s conflicted feelings about it will likely get resolved, too, replaced by an easygoing, non-judgmental acceptance of any and all consensual sexual behavior, very much including the conspicuous consumption of porn.”
Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog: “The Supreme Court on Friday afternoon indicated it has an interest in whether its view on the scope of the legal duty of users of child pornography to pay the victims might be affected by a ruling it made last month in criminal drug case. In a brief order in Paroline v. United States, the Court called for supplemental briefs on the impact on that case of its decision January 27 in Burrage v. United States.”
Indianapolis Star: “A federal court has struck down an Indianapolis ordinance limiting the hours of adult bookstores, the latest in a decades-long series of local regulatory and law enforcement maneuvers taking aim at adult businesses.” | Annex Books v. City of Indianapolis
LA Times: “The state’s highest court said Gary D. Grant should be stripped of his license to practice law because he accepted a plea bargain in which he admitted knowingly possessing pornographic images of minors.”
Adam Liptak at The New York Times: “In a Supreme Court argument on Wednesday that was part math problem and part seminar on the nature of culpability, the justices seemed to agree on just two things.”
AP: “The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that asks whether a victim of child pornography can seek millions of dollars from a defendant who had just two images of her on his computer.”
AP: “Doyle Randall Paroline is appealing an order holding him responsible for the full amount of losses, nearly $3.4 million, suffered by the woman known as Amy. Of the several hundred incriminating images on Paroline’s computer, just two were of Amy.”
More information on the case on Paroline v. United States here.
Salt Lake City Tribune: “Paul Cassell has advocated passionately in courtrooms across the country that every person who views or distributes an image of child pornography contributes to what victims have described as ‘death by a thousand cuts’ and thus should be held liable for restitution.”
Athens News: Attorneys for the city of Athens have argued in federal court filings that, when a lawsuit over a proposed strip club goes to trial, they should be allowed to talk about issues including what the real motive was behind the attempt to get a city permit for the club.
Daily Caller: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has provided nearly $1 million in taxpayer funding since 2010 to “The Popular Romance Project,” an academic program to study the genre of popular romance fiction.
Christian Post: Other organizations promoting this day of prayer include Alliance Defending Freedom, Concerned Women for America, Covenant Eyes, Enough is Enough and Family Research Council.
Christian Post (12/6/2013): Organizations lending their support for the Day of Prayer include Concerned Women for America (CWA), the Family Research Council, the Alliance Defending Freedom and Movieguide, a nonprofit entertainment-centered ministry and publication.
Adam Liptak at NY Times: Next month, the Supreme Court will consider what the men who took pleasure from viewing Amy’s abuse must pay her.
Atlanta Daily World: Some of the groups allied with Morality in Media participating in this effort include Alliance Defending Freedom, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Movieguide and many more.
“NSA Reportedly Sought to Discredit ‘Radicals’ By Disclosing Online Sexual Activities, Visits to Porn Sites” | ACLU
ACLU: The targets of the NSA’s plan were all Muslims whom the NSA characterized as “radicals” but who were not believed to be involved in terrorism. The documents say one of the targets was a “U.S. person,” a term describing American citizens and legal permanent residents, but all of the targets were reportedly outside the United States.
BBC: Family-friendly filters to help parents protect their children from seeing pornographic images on the internet have been welcomed by David Cameron.
ChristianNews.net: Alliance Defense Fund, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and Movieguide are among the groups who are backing the effort.
Raw Story: A coalition of conservative groups plans to hold a “National Day of Prayer” against smut. Morality in Media announced Friday that Alliance Defending Freedom, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Movieguide and “many more” groups would participate in the event on December 10.
PC World: Google will display warnings above the search results for 13,000 terms it believes are associated with more explicit child sexual abuse terms, it announced Monday. Microsoft said it will take similar action on its Bing search engine, and on Yahoo searches powered by Bing.