The following excerpt comes from an August 1 story on the Catholic News Agency website.
Catholic law professor Robert George of Princeton University is discouraging pornography use in hotel rooms by calling on hotel CEOs to consider the harm that it causes.
“Pornography is part of a larger phenomenon that’s rooted in the fundamental misunderstanding of sexuality,” he told CNA in a July interview.
George recently teamed up with prominent Muslim intellectual Shaykh Hamza Yusuf in writing letters to the CEOs of the five largest hotel chains that offer pornography in their hotel rooms.
He explained that the move was an attempt “to re-stigmatize pornography,” which has been presented to the public as “at worst, a kind of harmless naughtiness” with no lasting personal or social effects.
However, studies show that pornography “does damage to everybody concerned,” including those involved in producing and viewing it, and the marriages and families into which it enters.
George said that rather than threatening a boycott or protest, the letter simply presents a moral appeal to the consciences of the businessmen, respectfully asking them to regard the women involved in pornography as their beloved daughters and wives.
“We are old-fashioned enough to believe that an appeal to conscience will sometimes do the job, that everything’s not money,” he said. “We think people are still reachable.”
As an example, he pointed to the 1998 decision by Omni Hotels to remove pornography from all of its hotel rooms because the CEO believed that it was wrong to sell it….
George explained that the widespread acceptance of pornography is rooted in “a very serious problem” present in contemporary culture.
Young people are falsely taught to think of sexuality as “mere recreation” rather than something “profound” that is “founded upon the reproductive unity of male and female,” he observed….
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