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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pamela Anderson Surprise. Unwanted Booze Sent to Your Home.

Just a week ago Rabbi Schmuley Boteach and multi-decade Playboy centerfold Pamela Anderson teamed up to write a Wall Street Journal editorial Take the Pledge: No More Indulging Porn.  

Earlier this year Time Magazine made the porn epidemic their cover story. This year Utah became the first state in the nation to pass a congressional resolution signed by the governor that identifies pornography as a public health crisis.

The easy access to salacious images on smart phones and other mobile devices combined with increasing violent, demeaning, and disturbing portrayal of women is a trend that can ruin lives. As a society, why do we put up with it? Shouldn't we have a right to porn-free internet?

What if the following happened to you?

The doorbell rings and you find the mailman bringing an unexpected delivery.

¨Here is the liquor and cigarettes for your house,¨ he says, pushing past you with a dolly loaded with boxes of vodka, brandy, whiskey, and cartons of cigarettes.

¨Excuse me, I did not order any of this stuff," you say. ¨You can take this all back out.¨

¨I'm sorry, I can't do that,¨ the mailman says, unloading the dolly and heading back to the front door.

¨There's been a big mistake,¨ you say. ¨I don't drink and I don't smoke. I didn't order this and I'm not paying for it. Take it out.¨

The mailman smiles, but makes no attempt to remove the boxes. ¨If you don't drink or smoke, you don't have to pay for any of this stuff. You only pay for what you use. As you may know, the post office has been losing money on regular mail delivery, so we've teamed up with the alcohol and tobacco industries. They've been losing customers too, so this is a win-win-win-win. The post office makes money, drinkers and smokers get their drinks and smokes delivered to their home, the alcohol and tobacco industries pick up new customers, and if you don't use these products, you don't pay anything.¨

¨But I've got kids in the house,¨ you say. ¨I don't want this addictive stuff in my house where my kids can get to it.¨

¨Well then you better lock it up.¨

¨I don't have a cabinet to lock it up in and I don't want to pay to buy one. But that's besides the point. I want it out of here.¨

The mailman frowns. ¨I think you are being unreasonable. The only way to not have this delivered to your home is to cancel your mail service altogether.¨

Are you getting mad yet?

Your response: ¨You're telling me that unless I allow you to deliver unwanted liquor and cigarettes, you won't bring me mail anymore? This is nuts. Where did you get such a stupid idea and think you could get away with it?¨

¨It's not such a stupid idea,¨ the mailman says. ¨We are just using the same business model used by the cable and internet industries. If you order cable, you can't pick and choose which basic channels you get. Do you think MTV would have as many viewers if parents weren't forced to included it with their subscription? And if you could order internet without any porn sites, how would this major segment of the economy reach it's customers? That's just the way it is. Fair is fair. If questionable TV networks and websites are allowed into people's homes even if unwanted, it is only reasonable that questionable products be granted the same access. Goodbye and have a nice day.¨

I am not advocating censorship or curbing free speech, but I do believe that people should be able to keep out TV channels that are harmful to children (MTV's VMA Miley Cyrus fiasco?). We should also be able to have access to the internet without worrying that our children or even adults will see porn. People are disgusted and all jump out of the pool when they see a piece of excrement, and rightly so. Shouldn't we react the same when we see filth in the pool of entertainment?

Please forward a link to this blog to your friends and family so more people will learn how to address this destructive situation.  It is issues like this that are perfect for social media. Do your part to eliminate unwanted access to harmful media.

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