When you think of Utah, you think of strong, happy families. And this is majorly in part due to the large Mormon community and heritage there. But lurking beneath the wholesome image is a serious problem: pornography. A study done by Harvard Business School some seven years ago revealed that Utah has the highest per capita purchases of online adult entertainment, reports The Christian Post.
This sad and surprising fact has led the state to declare pornography as a "public health hazard." Republican Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert is expected to sign a resolution that states "that pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms." It also acknowledges "the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the people of our state and nation."
The legislation will give sanctioned watch dogs to make sure that child pornography is not being consumed at the workplace. There will be specific people appointed and repercussions for those that fail to report criminal activity.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke out against the pervasive problem in Utah, and presumably, amongst his congregation. "I can't really tell you much you don't already know about the evils of pornography — so I will tell you some things you do know: That there is steadily, inexorably, unendingly more of it, that it is easier than ever for everyone, including children, to access, and that it continues to rend the very moral fabric of our society whether that be the family, the community, the state or the nation. That is because in every case, it rends the moral fabric of each individual who views it or otherwise participates in its production or distribution," he said.
Holland continued, "Yes, this ought to be seen like a public health crisis; like an infectious, fatal epidemic; like a moral plague on the body politic that is maiming the lives of our citizens. Frankly, until the sirens of a public-health war sound, I fear we will be wholly unsuccessful in this fight against the germ-invasion sweeping across our homeland."
Pornography is such an insidious and devastating force. The lie is that it is harmless and even a joking matter, but the truth is it severely messes up people's identity, sexuality, and relationships. What's more concerning is the young age at which kids are being exposed to incredibly graphic images.
We applaud Utah's strong stance on this and pray they have great success in their state's healing! Do you agree?