REXBURG, Idaho- The interwebs are abuzz with the news of a video produced by the Student Living department at Brigham Young University- Idaho that features the school president, Kim B. Clark, encouraging students to help their roommates who are addicted to pornography.
The video, which compares a pornography-addict to a soldier wounded on a battlefield, has put Clark in the crosshairs of public commentators, and has brought the whole university under fire.
Critics are quick to blast the soldier metaphor, apparently disgusted that a boy with a pornography addiction could be compared to a soldier risking their life in war.
And you know what? They are right.
The university should have used the disclaimer, “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier.” Battlefields are serious things, and thus, they should never be used as a metaphor. That’s why these same critics will soon begin burning copies of Pat Benatar’s album, “Love is a Battlefield.”
Speaking of love, who needs it? Why must Clark and his network of religious radicals keep harping on the need for love, commitment and real relationships in regard to sexuality? Don’t they realize that pornography allows a person to experience sexual stimulation without the fulfilling elements of commitment, trust and responsibility? Don’t they understand that watching lewd women on the internet is a much better pastime than building relationships with actual girls or spending quality time with friends.
With this video Clark has not only attacked students, he has also attacked the entire pornography industry. What is so wrong about pornography anyway? Ignore the psychological and sociological studies that have been conducted. Ignore the statistics of marriages that have been destroyed. Ignore the growing sex trafficking industry that stems from an untamed sexual appetite.
At its core, pornography is an industry that innocently seeks to sell sex and objectify women. What’s wrong with that? They gave women the right to vote and now they want us to treat them like human beings? How are we ever going to end up like “A Brave New World” if we keep harboring these archaic views of wholesome relationships of equal individuals?
That young man shouldn’t feel guilty for viewing pornography. He should be inconsiderately treating women like tools to be used for his sexual fantasies just like everybody else.
The problem isn’t just with Clark, it’s with the whole system. It is just ridiculous that in the age of free speech, the president of a private Christian institution should have the right to encourage spiritually-minded students to help each other avoid what their religion considers sinful activity.
Clark should not be allowed to force his irrelevant opinions on a group of religious students who have taken upon themselves vows of chastity and whose obedience to sexual guidelines is an acknowledged requirement to stay in a school. No private institution that charges less than $2,000 for tuition should have that kind of free speech. After all, the next step from free speech is fascism.