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Military Porn Addictions Growing
Agape Press ^ | January 5, 2007 | AFA journal

Posted on 01/08/2007 1:22:51 AM PST by balch3

(AgapePress) - An increasing number of servicemen and women are confessing to pornography addictions and most government-run military base and post exchanges are only adding to the problem by selling it.

In 1996, Congress enacted the Military Honor and Decency Act, which bans military stores from selling sexually explicit material, but according to Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, the act is not being enforced.

"Congress is going to have to take a look at this," Donnelly said. "Certainly the Pentagon is going to have to enforce those rules. It's a matter of good order and discipline and not just a matter of religion or free speech. It's a matter that the military itself needs to be concerned about."

Such concern is apparent among military chaplains like Father Mark Reilly, who recently returned from a Marine Corps tour in Iraq.

"I don't think I've ever been confronted as much face-to-face with men and women -- in and out of confessional -- saying, 'I'm addicted to porn and I don't know how to get out of it,'" Reilly said. "They're looking for a life preserver. It's wrecking their marriages. Like any addiction, they lose control."

Reilly said it's the combination of war stress and being away from loved ones that ignite the lust for pornography. Lust turns to addiction and addiction results in imitative behavior as seen in the Abu Ghraib photos -- made for and by porn addicts.

In The New Republic, Rochelle Gurstein described the Abu Ghraib photos as ones that "speak to the coercive and brutalizing nature of the pornographic imaginations so prevalent in our world today."

Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, who leads the U.S. military archdiocese, believes chaplains can play a big role in military porn sobriety by influencing "what is sold in the [exchanges], what's allowed in a public space, an office or a barracks, and I think a chaplain can have great leverage here."

The pornography that is sold at military exchanges is part of a $57 billion-a-year worldwide industry.


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Porn weakens our military. Not a victimelss crime
1 posted on 01/08/2007 1:22:53 AM PST by balch3
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To: balch3
Military porn ....


2 posted on 01/08/2007 1:27:48 AM PST by ARE SOLE (I thought the Party was supposed to court the voters and not the other way around?)
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To: balch3

Who the heck invented "porn addiction"? Seems to me that there's an alterior motive to inventing a new disease. Inviting congress to look at is cannot be good for anybody.


3 posted on 01/08/2007 1:39:13 AM PST by meyer (Bring back the Contract with America and you'll bring back the Republican majority.)
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To: balch3

Can't find a picture but get Gunnery Sergeant Hartman to straighten them out with drills of "This is my rifle, this is my gun"


4 posted on 01/08/2007 1:39:38 AM PST by generalhammond
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To: balch3

What a bunch of BS.

By their standards, I'm sure 80% or more of America's young men suffer from a "porn addiction"


5 posted on 01/08/2007 1:43:25 AM PST by RWR8189 (Support the Republican Study Committee)
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To: balch3
"Reilly said it's the combination of war stress and being away from loved ones that ignite the lust for pornography."

I think there may be some underlying issues from childhood.

6 posted on 01/08/2007 1:43:46 AM PST by endthematrix (Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.)
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To: balch3
OK that might be true, but what do you expect servicemembers to do. Many commands don't allow people to date within the command, they can't go to the prostitution houses or they are in trouble. I am not advocating any of this, but as a realist, what do you expect these guys to do? I am totally leaving out morals out of the equation because my morals are must stricter in this regard than others.
7 posted on 01/08/2007 1:51:06 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: generalhammond
There's a recruit here from TEXAS!!


8 posted on 01/08/2007 1:54:10 AM PST by greedo
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To: napscoordinator

"Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, who leads the U.S. military archdiocese, believes chaplains can play a big role in military porn sobriety by influencing "what is sold in the [exchanges], what's allowed in a public space, an office or a barracks, and I think a chaplain can have great leverage here."


9 posted on 01/08/2007 2:04:43 AM PST by balch3
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To: balch3

Well, at least they mention both men and women. Oftern feminists make it sound as though men use porn to subjugate women while conservative churches are often of the impression that women are too virtuous to use porn so articles you generally see in their publications are about sinful men failing in their duties as fathers and husbands while their wives tearfully reflect on the hurt.

While older adults males who use porn make up a substantial majority the figures for younger women reflect that it's almost equal -- if your measurement is how many have accessed a porn site in a given time.


10 posted on 01/08/2007 2:17:02 AM PST by Bushwacker777
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To: balch3
I have been in Iraq for 8 months. The only "porn" sold here in the exchange is Maxim magazine. Health and comfort inspections find some that has been mailed but not a lot. The Internet is closely monitored and violators are dealt with...

I don't feel comfortable with a Catholic Chaplin speaking outside the chain of command on what he hears in confession. If he hasn't brought this to the attention of commanders then he has no creditability. If he has and they found it to be true and took no action then there is a problem. Don't see it with the Marines I am working with every day.
11 posted on 01/08/2007 2:17:54 AM PST by RedEyeJack
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To: balch3
I have been in Iraq for 8 months. The only "porn" sold here in the exchange is Maxim magazine. Health and comfort inspections find some that has been mailed but not a lot. The Internet is closely monitored and violators are dealt with...

I don't feel comfortable with a Catholic Chaplin speaking outside the chain of command on what he hears in confession. If he hasn't brought this to the attention of commanders then he has no creditability. If he has and they found it to be true and took no action then there is a problem. Don't see it with the Marines I am working with every day.
12 posted on 01/08/2007 2:22:00 AM PST by RedEyeJack
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To: RedEyeJack
The only "porn" sold here in the exchange is Maxim magazine.

That's a damn shame.

13 posted on 01/08/2007 2:30:53 AM PST by Zeroisanumber (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: balch3
This all-volunteer military attracts products of the pulik school system, where we are teaching "tolerance" and "diversity", and we expect the outcome to NOT encourage this pornography addiction?

Take a look at the TV Network shows, and explain why this is a surprise?????

14 posted on 01/08/2007 2:44:56 AM PST by traditional1
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To: ARE SOLE
Military porn ....

That gave me wood...

15 posted on 01/08/2007 2:45:19 AM PST by strange1 ("Show the enemy harm so he shall not advance" Sun Tzu The Art of War)
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To: balch3

This yokel trying to get Penthouse out of the Exchanges is probably the same yokel who won't allow a soldier/Marine/airman under 21 to have a beer.


16 posted on 01/08/2007 2:49:09 AM PST by JoeGar
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To: balch3

There is more of an agenda here than a problem. This is one of those issues that an organization, which has run out of fund raising hot issues, hypes into another "end of the world as we know it". Nothing new here, move along.


17 posted on 01/08/2007 3:31:52 AM PST by KeyWest (Help stamp out taglines!)
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To: traditional1

bingo.


18 posted on 01/08/2007 4:16:25 AM PST by balch3
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To: RedEyeJack
I don't feel comfortable with a Catholic Chaplin speaking outside the chain of command on what he hears in confession.

I noticed that in the article as well. And, the military "chain of command" is not the only chain the Chaplin is violating.

19 posted on 01/08/2007 4:30:06 AM PST by IamConservative (Any man who agrees with you on everything, will lie to anyone.)
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To: RWR8189
Not BS....

..This is very serious....a hidden addiction.

20 posted on 01/08/2007 4:32:40 AM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President....2008!)
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To: balch3

I recommend a troop surge with offensive operations against terrorists in Iraq. Porn addiction will diminish due to lack of idle time.


21 posted on 01/08/2007 4:43:37 AM PST by TADSLOS (Mohammed was the L. Ron Hubbard of his time.)
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To: napscoordinator
OK that might be true, but what do you expect servicemembers to do. Many commands don't allow people to date within the command, they can't go to the prostitution houses or they are in trouble. I am not advocating any of this, but as a realist, what do you expect these guys to do? I am totally leaving out morals out of the equation because my morals are must stricter in this regard than others.

The nanny-staters and the do-gooders don't understand the military mindset. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are not a bunch of angelic nice guys. They are trained killers who can do and have done things that would turn a civilized person's stomach (and thank God for that). Allowing them this release is the least we can do for them.

22 posted on 01/08/2007 4:45:33 AM PST by Junior (Losing faith in humanity one person at a time.)
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They should be issued 'interns' as was a recent 'commander in chief' .....


23 posted on 01/08/2007 4:51:03 AM PST by wodinoneeye
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To: balch3

What's a soldier stationed in a Muslim country to do? Wasn't there a thread about Iraqi prostitutes?


24 posted on 01/08/2007 4:55:45 AM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: balch3

Thank You.


25 posted on 01/08/2007 5:00:53 AM PST by Global2010 ( I am just ole Lab dog with my head stickin' out the window and my ears a flappin' in the wind.)
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To: napscoordinator

"I am totally leaving out morals out of the equation because ..."

I think I may have discovered a clue.


26 posted on 01/08/2007 5:10:20 AM PST by ChuteTheMall (Tagline: If you're reading this, I'm influencing your mind.)
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To: balch3
Here's a thought. Several years ago Dr. James Dobson had a interview with Ted Bundy before he was put to death.In the interview Bundy made a (bogus) claim that porn caused him to kill, in which Dobson sold videos of this interview to promote the idea that porn kills. So if we believe this theory, I say ship the military lots of porn so they will be better killers.
27 posted on 01/08/2007 5:10:24 AM PST by hodaka
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To: balch3

28 posted on 01/08/2007 5:16:07 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: balch3
Porn weakens our military. Not a victimelss crime.

You thuink as gud as u spel.

You are simply full of baloney my friend.

This is just another example of stretching for a headline to justify someones agenda.

Please stop it.


Let's see fit and healthy young men and some women have an interest in the opposite sex and seeing same... My God what is the world coming too..? We have Jackasses who will not let Soldiers Smoke on post, Sell a Beer to a 18 year old Combat Vet along with Hillarity that passed some idiotic law saying US Servicemen were to be charged with a crime for sleeping with Hookers overseas. Of course all these do goobers are ever ready with Domestic Violence Charges then the obligatory paid for counseling ad nasuem. Oh and be sure you do not damage the plants while training or frighten the little bunnies when you are in the field.

Just stop it... There are enough real problems in this world. Making up others to suit ones agenda is pathetic.


W
29 posted on 01/08/2007 5:16:10 AM PST by WLR ("fugit impius nemine persequente iustus autem quasi leo confidens absque terrore erit")
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To: balch3

Have you ever been on a deployment?

This is just stupid. If a man or woman is old and mature enough to die for this country they should be able to look at porn if they so choose (or have a beer for that matter).


30 posted on 01/08/2007 5:21:33 AM PST by jjm2111 (http://www.purveryors-of-truth.blogspot.com)
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To: meyer

The same people who are now discovering computer addiction. Its real. Try going a week without logging on! :) Same withdrawal symptons! AAAAAAHHHHHHH! The Dems are winning!


31 posted on 01/08/2007 5:22:24 AM PST by huldah1776 (Worthy is the Lamb.)
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To: IamConservative; RedEyeJack

Or even outside of confession. Chaplains of any stripe should exercise good judgement in what they reveal to COs.


32 posted on 01/08/2007 5:24:16 AM PST by jjm2111 (http://www.purveryors-of-truth.blogspot.com)
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To: balch3

So our troops can fight and die for freedom, but not get to experience it themselves, is that your point?


33 posted on 01/08/2007 5:24:54 AM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: RedEyeJack

Great Reply - and the replies to your reply as well.


34 posted on 01/08/2007 5:28:13 AM PST by Loud Mime (Commission Vladimir Putin to fix our border problem - End the problem and its creators)
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To: balch3
They should've been around during WWII! There was all kinds of Porn, on airplanes, in the barracks, bars, ships and such.

What a bunch of crap.


35 posted on 01/08/2007 5:31:30 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: balch3
Porn weakens our military.

You have really strange priorities if you have no problem sending men and women to a foreign land to kill other human beings, and possibly be killed themselves, but you do have a problem with those same men and women looking at pictures of other people having sex.

36 posted on 01/08/2007 5:33:23 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: balch3

What with all that our soldiers see on a daily basis in Iraq, I'd think the nude female body would be the least harmful to their emotional health. They're seeing people in their units blown up, seeing lost limbs, kids blown up by terrorists....

And the fact that they choose to give themselves a 'release' through a magazine is none of our damn business. Whatever one's religious beliefs are, shouldn't be forced upon another. If a practicing Catholic, for example, believes that even maturbation is a sin, then fine, let them abide by that, but not everyone subscribes to the same views, nor should they be forced to.


37 posted on 01/08/2007 5:35:14 AM PST by BritExPatInFla
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

I'll take the word of military chaplains. They're actually there, and they see it as a problem.


38 posted on 01/08/2007 5:43:50 AM PST by balch3
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To: balch3
I'll take the word of military chaplains. They're actually there, and they see it as a problem.

This silly journalist finds one chaplain to comment on the subject for his story, and suddenly porn in the military is an epidemic? What low standards you have . . .

This thread needs more pictures:


39 posted on 01/08/2007 5:55:01 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: balch3
'I'm addicted to porn and I don't know how to get out of it,'" Reilly said. "They're looking for a life preserver. It's wrecking their marriages. Like any addiction, they lose control."

"Victimless crime" bump

40 posted on 01/08/2007 6:02:55 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: balch3

I spoke often with chaplains on deployment last year. Not one mentioned a porn 'epidemic', esp. considering what the other poster said is absolutely true; they're buying maxim, FHM, etc. Sometimes relatives will send Playboy, penthouse, and the like, but it isn't like the service is awash in the perverted bizarre stuff.


41 posted on 01/08/2007 6:04:22 AM PST by jjm2111 (http://www.purveryors-of-truth.blogspot.com)
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To: balch3

OHMYGOD! You don't mean that military guys are actually looking at -- gasp -- GIRLIE pictures...!!!

OH NO... When did THIS start? This has NEVER happened before in the all the history of men going off to war!

/yeesh


42 posted on 01/08/2007 6:11:41 AM PST by Ramius ([sip])
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To: RedEyeJack

Stay safe RedEyeJack and thank you greatly for your service and for the info.


43 posted on 01/08/2007 6:14:37 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: RWR8189

is there such a thing as a western sexual politics burqua?

Their analysts like this who needs religious fanatics?


44 posted on 01/08/2007 6:16:52 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: balch3
speaking of words you'll take, try 'they'. It's appropriate when speaking of more than one.
45 posted on 01/08/2007 6:19:12 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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46 posted on 01/08/2007 6:22:45 AM PST by dighton
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To: darkwing104
Good thing we didn't have this problem in WWII...we'd have never won that war with pervasive images of scantily dressed women...


47 posted on 01/08/2007 6:27:57 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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To: Joe 6-pack


48 posted on 01/08/2007 6:53:22 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: balch3

Father Mark Reilly

49 posted on 01/08/2007 6:58:09 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: balch3

What a load of nanny state BS. The stateside Main Exchanges have been forced (years ago) to remove explicit material from their shelves and now only carry mag's like Playboy, Maxim, etc. If that causes someone to become addicted, they had bigger problems before and this sure as hell isn't going to solve it. If anything, the internet would be a bigger cause to this problem than something 12 year old kids get worked up about.

I'm going out on a limb here, if the INDIVIDUAL doesn't have the ability to resist the temptation then the INDIVIDUAL should seek help. Don't punish all the rest. What the hell ever happened to individual responsibility and accoutability? Of course the Chaplains want this off the base, talk about a vested interest.

Sheesh, the first go around was bad enough and as this article proves, only the first round in the battle to make our military a testing ground for the nanny state mentality.

It won't stop until someone makes these ass-clowns PROVE this BS.


SZ


50 posted on 01/08/2007 7:01:21 AM PST by SZonian (Fighting Caliphobia one detractor at a time)
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