‘Porn channel will further moral decay’

2010-03-09 00:00

LOCAL church groups have entered the fray regarding the possible introduction of a pornography channel by satellite television service Multichoice.

The Christian affiliates have written a letter to the channel, which announced that the station is evaluating the possibility of launching a pornography channel after receiving inqui­ries from its customers.

This raised the ire of many Christian organisations, who described the proposal as signalling the moral decay of society.

In a letter to Multichoice, Leslie Chetty of the local Christian assemblies and affiliated ministries represented by the KZN Midlands Christian Council, said they had seen first-hand the moral decay caused by pornography.

“Not only do we see first-hand the effects of pornography in our community, but we also believe that there is enough empirical evidence, emanating from research over the last two decades, which points to the destructive effects of pornography on its consumers as well as innocent ‘bystanders’.

“We believe that the current general perception of a moral decline in our country is in fact an accurate assessment of the situation, and are convinced that a pornography television channel of any sort can only further this moral decline,” he continued.

Chetty urged Multichoice to seek other avenues of maximising its profits. “While we understand that Multichoice is a business and thus rightfully seeks to maximise profits, we also believe that such right should be balanced by any negative effects such business practice can have on society.”

A local adult entertainment dealer predicted that the Multichoice plans will be successful if it is to go ahead. “In Pietermaritzburg, there are a lot of people who indulge in porn,” he added.

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