Amid the hundreds of thousands of people in the United States who have caught the coronavirus, and the tens of thousands who’ve died, the country’s religious right isn’t calling for more health resources but, rather, an end to the lockdown so people stay away from porn.
Liberty Counsel, a group defending a pastor who was arrested for holding services despite a stay-at-home order being in place, released a statement on its website decrying the “mental health stress” the global lockdown is causing.
Of the problems listed in the statement, they ranked pornography higher than suicide and divorce.
“There has been a dramatic increase in viewing pornography,” they wrote. “The pandemic has increased online pornography in many parts of the world. Some people who were addicted to pornography have relapsed during the lockdowns.”
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “There are many forgotten people who have become collateral damage in these far-reaching lockdowns. We must not forget them, and we must do better to protect the people who are being harmed by the government’s response to COVID-19. Churches are more essential now than before the pandemic.”
Other religious groups who have weighed in on the discussion, as reported by LGBTnation, include the president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, who warned, “For porn, there’s no vaccine,” in a recent podcast.
“This is a really good time,” Perkins’ guest, Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, said, “for parents to reset with kids about what they’re doing online.”
“We cannot afford to let this crisis open the door to a craving that destroys our kids’ innocence and future happiness,” Perkins added.
Both Liberty Counsel and Family Research Council have been designated as anti-LGBTQ hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Centre.
“During a worldwide pandemic that has already taken thousands of lives, concerns about a rise in porn usage may seem trivial. However, to brush these concerns aside would be a huge mistake,” Terry Schilling wrote at The Federalist. “Like the coronavirus, pornography use is silent but deadly, a powerful disease that has had devastating effects across our society.”
“Although coronavirus may attract more headlines today, pornography will be with us for the long haul. Porn cannot be vaccinated against, it has a nearly $100 billion industry devoted to its spread worldwide, and few are brave enough to stand against it.”
The National Review’s Madeleine Kearns who described masturbation as “jerking off or rubbing the raspberry” wrote a piece published on nofap.com that urged readers to “abstain from pornography, masturbation, or even sex altogether.”
“If you’re excessively stimulating your package to cope with waiting for the incoming governmental stimulus package, it’s a good time to evaluate whether or not you’re properly dealing with stressors in your life,” the site warns.
And if porn is a problem for you, reach out to our partner Pilot who have put together a handy Porn Addiction Guide.