Pornography/Obscenity

Pornography and Obscenity

Pornography is any sexually explicit media designed to sexually arouse a person. Although the law distinguishes between obscene pornography, which is illegal, and indecent material, which has some legal protections, we believe—and research shows—that even softcore pornography can have negative effects on its viewers. We oppose all forms of pornography because of its addictive qualities and the demonstrated harm to individual users, families and society as a whole. We are also concerned that pornography—because of the bizarre and extreme sexual practices it often portrays—creates a demand for abusive and predatory sex that is often satisfied through commercial sexual exploitation such as strips clubs, prostitution and sex trafficking. Pornography attacks the dignity of women, children and men alike and promotes the idea that human beings are sexual objects that can be bought, sold, used and discarded.

Below you will find our most recent articles about pornography and obscenity. If you’d like to see a full listing of articles on these topics, please check out our quick guide.

Pick of the Week

Owner of ‘Child Modeling’ Sites Admits to Producing Child Pornography

Images depicted girls ages 8-15 in underwear and lingerie.

Some websites that purported to be about "child modeling" were obviously aimed at a prurient audience – and the owner has owned up in court. read more

Recent News

FRIDAY FIVE: Where Grace Abounds Ministry

Mary Heathman came to Christ at the age of 27. She had dealt with sexual sin for years and through faith in Christ came to understand God’s plan for her as a woman. Ten years later, when her stepson came to her and told her he was gay, she turned to the Lord for guidance. She started Where Grace Abounds, a ministry to help those struggling with same-sex attractions and their families. Where Grace Abounds now has 6 staff members and reaches hundreds of people in Denver. Some of the staff sat down to talk with CitizenLink.

CL: We asked Roger Jones, the executive director, and Scott Kingry, the program director, what led them to the ministry?

Roger: In 1995, I came to Where Grace Abounds just as a participant. I was raised in a Christian home, realized that I had been struggling for a long time with same-sex attractions, and I didn’t know what to do with that. So, in the process of trying to figure that out, I found out about Where Grace Abounds and actually moved to Denver from Texas to participate in the program. I didn’t expect to find what felt like home there among people who understood what I was going through and could relate. It was a safe place to just talk and be myself and wrestle with my sexuality and my faith and how those interact together.

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Featured Blog

‘Talking 2 Teens’ About Sex

A new website, “Talking 2 Teens,” discusses how important parents’ influence is on their children’s behavior, particularly regarding sex. The Utah County Health Department developed and launched this commendable site. I would highly recommend that parents utilize this site when approaching the issue of sexuality with their kids. After reviewing all the tabs and hyperlinks [...]

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