President Kim B. Clark

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.


26 thoughts on “President Clark Under Fire for Battlefield Video

  1. It’s not just the issue with pornography it’s the issue of encouraging an adult to tattle tell on what another adult chooses to do with their sexual life. People need to stay out of other peoples sex lives. I also find it ridiculous that LDS bishops are allowed to ask 12 year old boys if they are masterbating.

    • Rusty, there’s something you may be missing here. The students sign a contract to live a certain lifestyle if they wish to attend the school. They have no right to be at the university if they break that contract. They can go elsewhere and view pornographic material if they so choose. If they agree to abstain and live the school’s code of honor, then their sexual life is no longer private. They signed their name on the line, promising to abide by the university’s rules. It was their decision, no one forced them to do so, and if they break the contract they no longer have the right to attend the private university.

    • All right. I understand where you are coming from. However, please realize that BYUI has a strict honor code, and viewing pornographic material can get that student kicked out. Also, the video was not encouraging people to “tell on” their room mates, but rather to talk over the issue with the room mate.

      As for your comment on bishops asking if young people if they are masturbating, it is a necessary part of the job of a bishop to ascertain the worthiness of youth to hold the priesthood and enter the temple. The priesthood and the temple are too sacred to be used or entered by an unclean thing. The interview process pertaining to repentance and other issues is exceedingly private, and spiritually uplifting.

      Pornography and masturbation are sinful. They bring the procreative power to all time lows. Yes, sex lives are private, but masturbation and pornography is not a sex life. Also, people these days share their sex lives in great detail, therefore sex lives are not private.

      Also, before you say that I’m just another Mormon who has no experience dealing with these issues, I will have you know that I am in a constant struggle with a pornography addiction. Furthermore, this addiction has caused self esteem issues to the point I harm myself physically. Without the help of a bishop, I wouldn’t have gone as long as I have without viewing or reading pornography, and I wouldn’t be dealing with my self esteem issues.

      If you don’t like the Church’s stance on pornography and masturbation, then you have issues with the whole of the gospel. This is an all or nothing church. Get with it.

    • Rusty, that’s like saying it’s ridiculous for a potential employer to make you take a drug test. In order to qualify for service in any organization, religious or not, you have to meet certain standards. If anybody, even a 12 year old boy, disagrees with the standards of the organization, he’s always free to find somewhere that suits him better. Nobody is forced to do anything they don’t want to do.
      Similarly, the university has clearly defined standards about what sexual behavior is acceptable and what is not acceptable. If a student disagrees with the standards of the university, they are free to seek a different educational experience somewhere else.

      “Tattling” is an highly inaccurate description of the principle. The idea isn’t to police your roommates. It’s for individuals with similar goals to help each other succeed.
      To argue this case: not only has scientific research shown that pornography is damaging to individuals and relationships, but religiously speaking it is damaging to the soul. In that light President Clark is trying to say that we who are seeking the same goals should look out for and help each other. Normal human beings don’t just let someone they care about do something completely stupid with out at least saying something.

  2. No one is arguing that pornography addiction is a good thing. But seriously, the video was just creepy and weird. Surely there was a better way to spread the message if the church is so concerned.

  3. It’s not being a tattle tell. You address the issue with the individual, you don’t go to their Priesthood leader. You notify them that you see a danger in their behavior and you would recommend getting assistance from a leader and provide the moral support for them to do the right thing. To think of it like tattle telling ‘keep to yourself’ mentality is the same as if a friend walked into class a minute late and didn’t hear the test was moved to the next day instead of three days away. If you knew it was coming, it’s not only rude and inconsiderate, it’s somewhat indecent to not let them know so they can be ready. A more emphatic example would be if a neighbor is without a car and a flood evacuation warning is sent and you don’t pound on their door to help them leave. Pornography is spiritual life and death, and leaving the kid on the tracks to get hit by the train just because he is deaf and doesn’t hear it coming, doesn’t make it acceptable for us to say ‘it’s not my problem’. That’s a very selfish way to view life, and one will be miserable if they see the mortal condition from that viewpoint. Let’s just remember who complained about being his brother’s keeper…

  4. We believe what Jesus said when he said, “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” so lusting is a sin. Sin keeps us from coming back to live with God. If we would save someone from an oncoming train -push them out of the way- then why wouldn’t we help someone avoid a spiritual disaster? If we really believe in God, then we believe that saving lives and saving afterlives are of at least the same importance.

  5. Most of the men I’ve met at Addiction Recovery Meetings would have loved to have someone intervene. In fact many of them were praying for someone to do just that, as their own willpower was too weak. We should not be afraid to be the answer to someone else’s desperate prayer.

  6. Too bad your article was so poorly written that it lacks all credibility. You have grammar errors in the second paragraph, and you’re support and criticism are unclear. Stupid squirrel.

  7. You shouldn’t complain about grammatical errors . You said “you’re support and criticism are unclear.” Better luck next time.

  8. Look, I am active LDS and I LOVE all the new short videos that the Church has been putting out. They are well produced, thought provoking and enlightening. This video however, takes a serious issue and turns it into something creepy. How about your roommate is being prideful, lying, cheating, stealing or treating others unkindly? Do you “turn them in” or “approach” them on it?

    Making everything sexual so taboo, only makes it worse. Why do you think Utah is the number one porn surfing capital of the USA? Because many have taken something wonderful and demonized it as a whole. This is the classic example of.. picking and choosing. What if your roommate is watching a violent movie.. do you turn him in or approach him or her? Or that’s ok because it’s not sexual?

    • I don’t think I did, but hey, you can find the idiotic in anything. That’s kind of how this blog works. I applaud your spirit.

    • I hope you realize this is a tongue-in-cheek article written in defense of President Clark. As one who has seen the diabolical effects of pornography in the lives of my loved ones, I understand the sensitivity of the issue.

  9. I know someone very close that struggles with pornography. It is torture to him and really is a true addiction. The battlefield made sense to me. He is fighting a battle over what is right and what is wrong.He describes it as it is like someone else takes over and his mind becomes unclear. Pornography is not a sex life as was mentioned above, but is something that degrades women and changes the way a man thinks. This person I know struggles with this and he feels horrible about himself when he uses pornography. So, not only does it hurt the people around him, but it destroys him personally. He degrades himself and that makes it harder to stop. Gratefully with the help of family, friends. and the bishop he has not viewed pornography in almost a year and does not have the desires to look either. This video opens us up to the support roommates, spouses, friends, family, and bishops can provide. It isn’t tattling it’s helping someone love get out of something that hurts them.

  10. I think this article was very well written. You get your point across in a very definitive way. Keep up the good work!

  11. What everyone in this discussion seems to have missed was the interview President Clark did with Time Magazine where he was asked about masturbation. Here is the question and his answer.

    “Do the church and the school see masturbation as a sin?

    Well, it is interesting. I would frame it this way. Masturbation is a behavior that, if continued, could over time lead to things that are sinful…”

    Therefore we have a statement by a former BYUI president and now member of the first quorum of the seventy saying that masturbation could over time lead to things that are sinful. He is clearly saying, at least for the sake of the interview whether he really feels that way or not, that masturnation in and of itself is not sinful.

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