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Porn to Get Its Own Domain?

An interesting article appeared in yesterday’s Baptist Press, which can be viewed here. Read it first, then come back here.

I’m intrigued by the possibilities such a move could bring. This is the effective removal of all pornography from the internet! No, really, it is. In principle, moving all pornography to its own domain is like the internet having its very own Playboy channel. It could be made so that one has to pay for the privilege of accessing websites, just like we have to subscribe to those pornographic channels. Not only that, if internet users were forced to pay their internet providers instead of the websites themselves, it would be far more costly. Think about that: to buy phone service and DSL from BellSouth costs an average of $80 bucks a month. Being forced to add an extra $15 to $25 to your bill for porno access, PLUS the membership fees for porno sites, and the porn addict is paying out the behind for it.

Furthermore, access to this domain oughta be taxed. The government ought to levy a minimum 10% tax on those who access the domain, to be charged on your bill. Even better, a tax or fee could be levied for each website the addict subscribes to. This would further increase the expense for the addict. So not only does the addict have to pay for internet service and subscription to the porno domain plus porn membership fees, but would also have to pay taxes and fees just for the use of it. I love it.

Some addicts would probably be led to begin removing this cancer from their lives. Others would, of course, be far enough gone that they would not care. In all likelihood, far more addicts would choose to pay than to give it up.

Unfortunately, the article reports, at this time such a move to a unique domain is merely voluntary for pornographers. They would be able to keep their regular .com, .net, or .org websites. This defeats the purpose of giving porn its own domain. Under this circumstance, I can understand why some conservative groups are opposing the proposed move. Without this proposal becoming law, mandatory, it is not even worth the breath and print being wasted discussing it. It would seem that the side making the proposal has not really thought this through.

But some of the arguments being used against this proposal leave me scratching my head.

In the BP News article, some are claiming that giving pornography its own domain would “legitimize” it. This is the biggest load of hogwash ever. Does it legitimize pornography that there are “blue movie” stores? Does it legitimize pornography that they have their own subscription-only channels? Not a chance. Instead, giving porn its own domain, under certain conditions (like the ones I have outlined above), would further stigmatize it. No one really wants it known they frequent the blue movies nor that they subscribe to a porn channel. No one would want it known that they subscribe to the porno domain on the internet, either.

Jared Bridges of the Family Research Council said in the interview, “The domains that are available today including .com, .net, .gov, .edu, .us, etc., represent certain areas of societal value,” Bridges added. “The proposed revisions do nothing to address the fact that granting a niche business its own top-level domain name would be unique to pornographers, who would gain a status currently only available to groups like schools, governments and nations.”

Again, this is hogwash. It is silly and not thought out very well. Would a porn domain “represent a certain area of societal value?” Of course. What area? The dark, murky, not very well-lit, sexually oppressive area of society that very few want to enter nor would admit to entering. It represents a despised area of society no one wants to talk about. In no way, shape, or form would this segment of society ever gain the same status of schools, governments, or nations. No matter how famous the domain and/or its practicioners became, it would still be looked on as filth. Much like we still look at famous ex-porn stars like Traci Lords or Jenny McCarthy and see or think of not much more than their time in the porn industry. Like a fraternity brother of mine once said, “You can polish a turd, you can dress it up, but it’s still a piece of crap.”

Only Christ can grant legitimacy to pornographers and porn workers. How does He do this? By crucifying pornography on the cross. The rebellion that pornography represents is ended by His death and resurrection. Every pornographer and porn star will bow the knee to Him and call Him Lord in the end. The only question is whether they will do so out of faith in Him, or from a state of eternal condemnation.

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