December 1, 2006

A View from Riverside Drive, Commentary by Ed Hynes, December 2006

‘Sexual revolution’ began with child abuse

More than 50 years ago, Alfred Kinsey and his staff recorded the manual and oral sexual abuse of children and infants, according to a credible analysis of Kinsey’s own files and tables by Dr. Judith Reisman. They called it research, and used the “data” they collected, along with other misbegotten “studies,” to produce Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in January 1948, and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, in August 1953.

Of Kinsey’s methods, The British medical journal The Lancet wrote, “The important allegations from the scientific viewpoint are imperfections in the sample and unethical, possibly criminal, observations on children… Kinsey, an otherwise harmless student of the gall wasp, has left his former co-workers some explaining to do. (Really Dr. Kinsey? 337 The Lancet at 547, March 2, 1991.)

Kinsey and his staff separated morality from intimacy. It was the start of the so-called sexual revolution, an era of sexual license and these negative developments:

  • A booming global trade in adult and child pornography on the Internet and, soon apparently, on cell phones
  • International trafficking of 600,000 to 800,000 women annually for prostitution, plus millions more trafficked within countries
  • Sexual violence against women and children
  • Rampant raunch and eroticism in pop culture
  • High rates of unwed pregnancies
  • Abortion on demand
  • Failed marriages
  • Lost careers
  • Financial ruin for families
  • Sexually transmitted disease and death
  • And the ultimate calamity, eternal damnation

Some revolution.

Sex slaves trail only guns and drugs in criminal profit

In a presentation at the U.S. State Department November 30, journalist Victor Malarek called trafficking in women “a disaster of epic proportions” and “a huge human rights abuse.” In his book, The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade, Malarek notes that trafficking in persons is the third most profitable criminal activity after dealing in illegal weapons and drugs.

“According to the international police organization Interpol,” he writes, “a trafficked woman can bring in anywhere from $75,000 to $250,000 a year.”

As many as 20,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year.

Out-of-wedlock births in U.S. reach all-time high

The Associated Press reported November 21, “Out-of-wedlock births in the United States have climbed to an all-time high, accounting for nearly four in 10 babies born last year.”

The rise was sharpest among women in their 20s, which the AP said “reflects the fact that having a child out of wedlock is more acceptable nowadays and not necessarily the source of shame it once was.”

Child porn called ‘art’ in Paris, Bordeaux, London, etc.

The clash of the public interest and publicly expressed ideas that defy common standards of decency is playing out again, this time in Bordeaux and Paris and other centers of modern art.

It began at an exhibition in a museum in Bordeaux in 2000 that “included video footage of children performing graphic sex acts and photos of young children with their eyes scratched out,” according to LifeSiteNews.com December 6.

Public authorities have charged the exhibitor, Henry-Claude Cousseau, with displaying works of “a violent pornographic nature, unacceptable for a young public” and “spreading violent messages of a pornographic character or contrary to the dignity due to a minor.” A conviction could bring a fine of €75,000 and up to three years in prison.

Cousseau is director of the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His peers in the art world have been quick to sign a petition expressing their very different view of what was displayed in Bordeaux:

We wish to express our dismay at this attack on the artistic and curatorial freedom of expression and offer our unconditional support for Henry-Claude Cousseau in the present circumstances, together with the exhibition curators Marie-Laure Bernadac (a curator at the Louvre) and Stéphanie Moisdon (an art critic).

Remember, they’re talking about “video footage of children performing graphic sex acts.”

Ironically, students oppose pornography at Kinsey’s Indiana University

Alfred Kinsey was a biology professor at Indiana University, and founder of the university’s Kinsey Institute for Sex Research. It was somewhat ironic to see a values-laden anti-pornography article in the November 15 issue of the student newspaper, Indiana Daily Student, under the headline, “Pornography leads to lack of real emotion.”

The authors, Abram Hess, a senior majoring in chemistry, and Natalie Avon, a freshman journalism student, wrote that the Internet has replaced the “dirty magazine in a brown paper bag. . . making pornography more accessible and removing the stigma once attached to it.”

Their view of sex was quite different from Kinsey’s orgasm count. They wrote:

Internet pornography is a selfish and solitary pursuit. The antithesis of this is a relationship with a live, flesh-and-blood human being. Any relationship, romantic or otherwise, requires a level of selflessness on the part of both parties involved; it is judged that companionship is worth the compromise necessary to gain it. The romantic relationship is perhaps the most selfless of all.

Pornography divorces the selflessness of a romantic relationship from the sexual fulfillment found therein. It wraps the most intense of human passions and emotions in the package of a self-serving sexual rush and nullifies the most powerful impetus drawing men and women together. The man who can solitarily satisfy himself with airbrushed photos has no need for a real relationship with a real woman. Pornography trains the user to be comfortable and satisfied while unplugged from reality.

Pornography leaves the user with an unrealistic view of how relationships should work and ultimately contributes to unstable relationships and marriages. Since many people meet their spouses while at college, pornography use at IU must be recognized as the lurking menace that it is.

(http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.php?id=39302&adid=opinion)

Christmas at Maxwells

God will not be outdone in kindness or love. Christmas at Maxwells is a beautifully told story of how God’s love works for Andrew and Suzie Austin and their two children, a family struggling to cope with Suzie’s life-threatening illness. It could have been an exercise in sentimentality, but it is not that. The people in this movie behave in ways that ring true, for they do what we can imagine ourselves doing in their circumstances. Watching them makes for a rewarding, and fast-moving, hour and a half, thanks to top performances by the actors, writers, and the director. The actress Jack Hourigan gives a stunning performance as Suzie Austin both in vibrant good health and in sunken-eyed illness. Andrew May is excellent as Andrew Austin.

Christmas at Maxwells opened in theaters across the country December 1. It was produced by father/daughter filmmakersWilliam C. Laufer and Tiffany Laufer. William Laufer is the writer, director and co-producer. Tiffany Laufer is the cinematographer and co-producer.

Visit their web site, http://www.christmasatmaxwells.com, where you can order a copy of the movie on DVD, and where you will find this remarkable statement of mission by Bill Lawfur:

Rather than write screenplays that criticize and tear down, or that expressly depict stylized characterization of the good, we have tried to write films that explore the human journey and that show respect for the positive values of life. We believe we must celebrate order in the midst of chaos, promote redemption in the midst of despair and search for and give forgiveness in the midst of hatred and freedom in the midst of oppression.

We feel there’s an incredible untapped potential for this type of film. Many people across the country are underserved by much of what Hollywood is offering.

Our aspiration is and has been to make intelligent and inspiring films, that appeal to the imagination and intellect and do so while blending in a sense of humor and love. – William Laufer Director, Producer

Paul McGeady was more than merely brilliant

Paul McGeady’s death on October 31 has left us grateful for his life, and bereft.

Paul led Morality in Media’s legal battle against obscenity and broadcast indecency from 1979. He had been on the front lines in this battle for 17 years before that in New York and Washington.

He will be remembered as a brilliant and tenacious advocate for a decent society, a lawyer who crafted much of the legislation in this fight and helped defend it against court challenges. He did his work with great skill and with profound compassion for pornography’s victims.

That was his work. For those who were privileged to know the man himself, Paul’s gentle and sunny wit and his kind regard for the people around him made him truly special. He was more than merely brilliant. Paul McGeady may have been the best man many of us have ever known.

Early one evening not long ago, on a short break toward the end of another long day at the office, Paul exchanged pleasantries with a man on Amsterdam Avenue and 120th Street in Manhattan. They seemed like old friends and, in a way, they were. The man was homeless and looking for a handout. No one standing near them would have noticed, it was done so smoothly, but Paul slipped the man a little money.

It was clear Paul had helped that fellow before, and made a friend of him in spite of that. No mean feat.

On another occasion, enroute to his office from our law library with books and notes in hand, Paul paused in a hallway to ask a colleague, “Did you hear about the crackup down at the corner?” Our building is at 120th Street between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue.

“No,” came the answer. “I didn’t hear about it.”

Paul explained, “Claremont Avenue ran into 120th Street.”

With that he continued on his way, barely breaking stride. He left a chuckle and a bright memory behind him, as he often did.

Paul was our general counsel and a member of our Board of Directors. He was largely responsible for the creation of Morality in Media’s National Obscenity Law Center, a unique resource for individuals, civic groups, legislators, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors at all levels of government. The assets he assembled in the Law Center include all reported obscenity cases since 1800, all Federal and State obscenity laws, many city and county anti-pornography ordinances and model laws, a Brief Bank Index and monographs on legal questions that are the subject of recurring inquiries.

During his service as chief legal officer, Morality in Media played a key role in a long line of critically important accomplishments, including these landmarks:

  • Enactment of the Child On-line Protection Act
  • Extension of the broadcast indecency ban by two prime-time hours, to 10 p.m.
  • Enactment of indecency controls on leased-access cable TV channels
  • Establishment of the permanent Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the Justice Department
  • Enactment of the Federal Child Pornography Act
  • Enactment of the Federal law extending tough RICO penalties to obscenity crimes
  • Resumption in 1986 of Federal Communications Commission action on indecency complaints after a hiatus of nearly 10 years.
  • The Supreme Court determination in the 1978 FCC v. Pacifica case that George Carlin’s “seven dirty words” broadcast violated the Federal Broadcast Indecency Law.

Morality in Media survived the death in 1985 of Fr. Morton Hill, our founder, and it will survive Paul’s passing, too. But it will not be easy. Author: Ed Hynes   12/01/2006

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