Resolution Declaring Pornography a ‘Public Health Crisis’ Unanimously Passes Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A resolution that declares pornography as being a public health crisis passed the Tennessee Senate unanimously on Monday and now moves to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam for signing.

The resolution had been presented by Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, at the urging of Ricky Darr of Make America Porn Free, which works in conjunction with the organization Girls Against Porn and Human Trafficking to urge enforcement of obscenity laws and “to remove the easy accessibility of pornography from the reach of children.”

“My six-year-old came across pornography last year,” Darr told the Senate Health Committee last week, where the resolution likewise was approved without objection. “My son came up to me and said, ‘Dad I’ve seen a whole lot of illegals.’ He calls them illegals, and I knew what he was talking about.”

Beavers said that she too is concerned about inappropriate images being viewed by children.

“I’m concerned for my grandchildren,” she stated. “Twenty-seven percent of children are being exposed to pornography before they even reach puberty.”

In addition to lamenting that children are coming across pornography at younger ages, the resolution notes that pornography treats women and children alike as sexual objects and minimizes the evils of rape.

“Moreover, pornography equates violence towards women and children with sex and pain with pleasure, which increases the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, and child sexual abuse images/child pornography,” it explains.

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The resolution also outlines that pornography is addictive and often responsible for the breakdown of the family.

“[R]ecent research indicates that pornography is potentially biologically addictive, which means the user requires more novelty, which is often more shocking material, in order to be satisfied,” it states. “This has led to increasing themes of risky sexual behaviors, extreme degradation, violence and child sexual abuse images/child pornography.”

“[P]ornography use has a detrimental effect on the family as it is linked to lessening desire in young men to marry, dissatisfaction in marriage and infidelity,” the measure cites.

The resolution therefore declares that pornography is a public health hazard and crisis with inherent harms against both the viewer and society. It calls for education, research, policy changes and the enactment of preventative measures “to address the epidemic that is harming the people of our state and our country as a whole.”

The Tennessee Pastor’s Network was among the supporters of the measure.

Similar resolutions have been presented this year in Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.


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  • Croquet_Player

    If your children are coming across pornography, you’re doing a bad job of setting parental controls on computers or TVs. Take some responsibility. Meanwhile, as these legislators are worrying about pornography, one out of four children in Tennessee live in poverty. Poverty adversely affects children’s health more than any other factor. Maybe they should do something about that.

    • Not Guilty

      Your statistics are a joke.

      If you care so much about the poor, send them your own money. You SJW types like to force other people to spend money. Prove how loving and generous you are, give out of your own pocket. That won’t ever happen.

      • Croquet_Player

        You don’t like my statistics? Take it up with the U.S. Census Bureau. Tennessee is the 11th poorest state. I do give to Tennessee, because I live in California. For every $1.00 California pays in federal taxes, the state gets about $0.90 back. For every dollar Tennessee pays it gets about $1.70 back. Tennessee is on federal welfare. I’m happy to help out, because the residents of Tennessee clearly need it, and their right wing republican elected officials don’t seem to care about them at all.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          No American needs to be in poverty. Who owns the American continent? It’s Democrats who are making the Americans for-ever a dependant.

          • Croquet_Player

            Wow. I can’t even begin.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            We can all dig the soil and raise all who are born and be happy. Something is deadly wrong about Non-christian America. Why do they encourage unborn children’s death? Only Christian USA aims the good unconditionally. Non-christian USA lives for something evil and futile.

          • Croquet_Player

            When you’re interested in having an actual discussion, instead of making baseless pronouncements, do please let us all know.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You should tell your friends( or allies) not to bully the Christians. Where are the free Americans? So sad.

          • Croquet_Player

            I really don’t have to do a thing, Grace.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are concerned about children. American children need Christianity for liberation. You must tell your friends to stop bullying the Christians; it’s the first step for doing right. The whole Anti-christian cultural going is harming the children.

          • Croquet_Player

            Again, When you’re interested in having an actual discussion, instead of making baseless pronouncements, do please let us all know.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Take care of your soul first, C-P. Please read the Word of God for your soul to get saved.

          • Croquet_Player

            Again, When you’re interested in having an actual discussion, instead of making baseless pronouncements, do please let us all know.

          • RWH

            All Grace knows how to do is to preach damnation. Ever notice that all of her comments are repetitions of the same thing? She never has anything new to contribute. When confronted, all she knows how to say is that someone is a bully. She has no response because she doesn’t know how to respond with thoughtful answers. It’s significant that she can dish it out, but she can’t take it when handed back.

          • Croquet_Player

            Yes. I think someone isn’t playing with a full deck.

          • RWH

            It’s something a bit different. It’s more of a cultist mentality. Years ago, I taught at a Bible college for a decade. The better students thought carefully about what they were taught, and they knew how to keep their own confidence when they disagreed because disagreement was looked upon as a serious challenge. The not-so-bright ones just prattled off the same stuff over and over. It never changed, and when their under-supported generalizations and other bizarre ideas were challenged, these people went through a meltdown and considered themselves “persecuted for righteousness sake.” This type does some serious damage damage to the cause of Christ because they lead others into temptation.

            In one instance, one of them started an argument with an elderly Catholic priest out in the middle of town on a very hot summer day. It was obvious that the priest was in a lot of discomfort, and I worried about him because this youngster had him stressed out. I wasn’t sure what to do at first because this youngster would have denounced me before the administration. I finally asked the priest very tactfully if he needed to get out of the hot sun since he was dressed all in black. The kid was very upset with me because he thought that he was scoring points.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You should stop bullying and talking behind people.

          • RWH

            If you could read my comments, it’s apparent that I’m not talking “behind your back.” Your comment conforms to everything that I have said. Perhaps you should do some introspective thinking about how you treat others. Then, maybe comments like mine won’t be necessary.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You should stop targeting individuals and slandering them falsely. I don’t talk about you with others maliciously like you do. You have only fake names here anyway. Do things with fairness like true Americans would. Go somewhere else and bash dog-eaters. I don’t consume dogs or whales, and I’m against such practices.

          • RWH

            Grace, you are absolutely unbelievable. You know how to dish it out, but you can’t take it. You don’t talk maliciously? You have got to be kidding! You libel people by telling them that they are baby killers when you have no proof. You accuse Americans of being for sodomites, and we’re supposed to take this sitting down? You get so very hurt, and then you turn around and hurl insults, like telling me that I got my education from New Age female ministers. You have no clue where I got my education. I go to self-congratulating social clubs? More lies from a person who apparently makes things up. Grace, you don’t know anything, but you get really, really insulted when people confront you about your false accusations and downright lies. All I’m doing is giving you a taste of your own medicine, and having people treat you the same way that you treat others really does get you upset.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            This is where you are wrong. You care for who gets upset over what instead of seeking the truth of the matter. You must work to halt your nation’s abortion-murder and depraved immorality instead of slandering the individuals who disagree with your false doctrines.

          • RWH

            Grace, dealing with you is like dealing with a spoiled child. Your tantrums are getting so tiresome. All you know how to do is to hurl insults at others. You have no clue as to what I believe. You are so concerned about slander. When are you going to think about the rotten things that come from your mouth? Only immature little children wander around with this notion that “I am right” and “you are wrong.” By the way, if you bothered to look around, you’re the only one that I’m being very direct and blunt with because you are the only one who is throwing mud at others. And whose truth are we talking about? Yours? Your truth is a platter of rotten meat.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You must repent of supporting the blasphemy, infanticide, and homosexuality/transgenderism and also of your unbelief. Until you do that, I’ll treat you as an unbeliever as the Holy Bible so commands. You must stop singling out and slandering the individuals and read the Word of God to find the life-saving truth.

          • RWH

            Grace. Big threat! I hope that you don’t think that I am going to lose any sleep over what you think. You’re saying nothing new. You’ve accused me of these things all along. And all along, I have corrected you. So, when you keep on repeating things when you have been corrected, that makes you a liar. Liars have no credibility. So, if you can call me an unbeliever, I can call you a liar. And liars don’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven, so that makes you an unbeliever as well.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You really should stop wondering what people think of you and start seeking God’s truth by reading His Word.

          • RWH

            Grace. Can’t you even read? Do you have a problem with the English language? I have already told you repeatedly that I don’t care what sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, Christian Taliban judgmental types like you who love to condemn people to hell think of me. Least of all, I don’t care what you think. But I will stand up to your lies. Trying to defend myself before the likes of you is a waste of effort. Your mind is made up, and you’re going to say that same libelous things over and over and over. And I’m not the only one you have treated disrespectfully. The only way to deal with your type is to fight fire with fire. Smart people get the hint and back off. I’m not sure about you.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Those who support abortion-murder and homosexuality are not Christian. The Holy Bible condemns both.

          • RWH

            Says you. You have no idea what I support. I do know that you like to tell lies and to bear false witness against your neighbor. People who tell lies and bear false witness go to hell as well. So, if I were you, I would worry about my own soul. In short, Grace, mind your own business, and worry about what happens in your part of the world and stop meddling in the affairs of the United States, of which you apparently show your ignorance. We’re not interested in your extremist brand of Christianity, which is racist and seeks to suppress all dissent.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You should not support abortion or gay “marriage”; those are sins, forever incompatible with Christianity. You must stop hating the truth.

          • Bezukhov

            Try this on for size.

            “Having someone depend on the government for a meal, bad.

            Having the same person depend on the government to tell them what they can see, hear or read, good.”

            ETA: BTW, my opinion is both scenarios are bad. Perhaps the second is worse.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, Americans became globalists’ slaves this century because of the dependance on what to eat and the normalization of unthinkable immorality. Western whites need the Holy Bible to be free from slavery this century. The slavery is mental indoctrination now. The Bible literacy liberates people both then and now. If the Western whites get trapped, the global slavery of all colored is a matter of time, though the Eastern white people seem to be intact and better now. Let the Christians in your land keep religious freedom for-ever. Submission to Western Sodomites means the worst kind of cowardice and slavery.

          • Bezukhov

            Why just Whites?

          • Grace Kwon

            They are practically the ruling class. Look at the race and the region of those who legalize same-sex marriage, banning the religious freedom. When the Western white people do something, be it good or bad, mankind mimic them.

          • Bezukhov

            Jesus did say: “White People, rise up and rule over all other race!”

          • Grace Kwon

            You are wrong. Read the Gospel and you will find Jesus never said such things. Liberals lie because they don’t care about anything seriously. It’s true Europe became the first Christendom on Planet Earth and did many unequal great things, but if the West ceases to respect Christianity, they push immorality upon the world. Both white and colored people need Christianity for salvation and human rights and freedom and civility.

          • Bezukhov

            In case you missed it.

            Is this what your trying to say?

            “Having someone depend on the government for a meal, bad.

            Having the same person depend on the government to tell them what they can see, hear or read, good.”

  • Frankenputer

    I hope this will help keep the Bible out of the hands of impressionable underage youths. Have you read that thing? It’s XXX at the very least.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Song of Solomon, anybody?

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        It’s poetic and beautiful and the true love. I didn’t notice anything as a teenager.

      • Frankenputer

        Lot and his Daughters?

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          That was a record of crimes. Sodom raises that kind of kids. That’s why all mankind must stop Sodomic West’s abnormal inclinations now. People have rights to life and morality and normality. It’s kind of really tragic if the world which American fathers risked life to preserve gets nuked clean because of American pervs. May God forbid such thing. Read the Holy Bible and repent and return to normality and give mankind some break.

          • Frankenputer

            People have the right to decide what is “normal” for themselves. You read your Bible, You live by your Bible. You leave the rest of us out of it and we will be fine. But back to the topic at hand. There is certainly enough wanton sex, graphic descriptions, excessive violence, and the collection of body parts as a trophy. The book is a horror of deprivation from beginning to end. I believe it should be adult only reading. If it is christian to ban pornography. Why is this book not judged by the same standards. “To protect the children”.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Bible describes reality and actual history of mankind. We never let children read or watch the Holocaust documentaries as it was, until they reach the middle schools though it is history. The similar thing. Humans discover and learn things age-appropriately. Today’s Western culture is at fault in educating children to be immoral since little. You guys need Christian education for the humanity to be normal.

          • Frankenputer

            Isn’t it nice to live in the USA where the Law keeps people like me from passing laws against people like you. Even though I consider you to be a danger to society. Your attitude is antithetical to religious freedom.

          • Chris

            I know of one friend who opened his door to find some evangelists. They asked him if they could come inside and talk to him about Jesus. He replied ‘Fine but [pointing at their bible] I don’t allow pornography in my house.”

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Villains always ban the Holy Bible. Americans are not the exception. You guys are a shame and grief to all your normal parents and ancestors.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. Western whites should stop trying to enslave mankind with homosexuality. Today’s unbelieving Americans are acting worse than the communists. The communists weren’t sexual pervs. No sane man lives for immorality knowingly. Laws and interpretations of laws are nothing if the Judeo-Christian values are taken away. What is legal is not always what is good or right. It’s a horror when men get feminized by the loss of virgin women in the society. It has been detrimental wrong for the West to equate what is right and what is immoral. And you should stop threatening others.

          • Frankenputer

            A “Horror” to you. To the realist, it is simply life. But I have to argue this “The communists weren’t sexual pervs. ” Read about the fall of Berlin and how those Soldiers “Blessed by the Russian Orthodox Church” treated Women, young girls, and young boys. After that it was repression. That’s not the same thing as absence.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            But they were normal people. Every group commits abuses but they never live for those; the secular West is the only civilization to force people to hail the destructive unthinkable sexual perversion willfully and knowingly. The West has no sanity or morality apart from Christianity. That’s why the Ex-christian West upholds only blasphemy and infanticide and homosexuality as its core values. You guys need to face reality. Mankind cannot stay civilized apart from the Judeo-Christian values. Today’s white men’s Western nations proved it. Stop trying to enslave mankind with the homosexual falsehood. The West quests after the truth and the good only when it respects and follows the Holy Bible.

      • Knower

        If you found pornography in Song of Solomon, I am sorry for anyone who assumes they may receive meaningful affection from you.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      You are wrong. The Holy Bible records the actual crimes of humanity and God’s holy laws and His redemption. Christians usually read the actual entire Old Testament text from the secondary school age along with most documentary works. Christrians do appropriate things. It’s the godless secular Western culture that is insane to teach children that homosexuality is okay. The Holy Bible tells mankind what happens to Sodom and Gomorrah.

      • Frankenputer

        Well you didn’t have to prattle on so long to convince me your a “believer”. Why don’t you go back and read that book. Really read it. With an Adult eye. And if you still believe that book belongs in the hands of children? I can’t help you. I am forced to disagree. Anything containing that much adult materiel should be for adults only.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Secondary school students can handle the Holy Bible. American Disney movies are the adult content, perv-prefering ones for that matter.

          • Frankenputer

            If you believe that Disney Movies have more adult content than the Bible? Sir. I challenge the claim that you read your Bible every day.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            I am a woman. Nowadays Disney promotes depraved immorality upon children through entertainment.

          • Frankenputer

            Yes I noticed that you were a woman after posting and could not edit. My apologies. If you believe that immorality nonsense? Then you should not watch Disney, You can even deprive your own children of the simple pleasure of Disney. You just don’t have the right to tell anyone else they can’t watch Disney. Isn’t freedom grand? But none of your dissembling changes the fact that there is adult content in the Bible

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Disney used to be good and okay. Today’s secular Western culture that tries to impose homosexuality upon children and that is the problem. It seems everyone has to be gay or lesbian in America. You used be a finest, normal people before when you were a Christian people. What went wrong? Rich people corrupt their own children first but should not be allowed to pollute other people’s children. The USA should be ashamed of its attempt to make mankind pervs. Man should live for God’s glory, not for depravity.

    • Bezukhov

      It’s disgusting. Every time I’m in a hotel room I have to spend the time editing out all the naughty bits in the Bible. I’d hate to think some kid will read that filth and get strange ideas.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        ? Present USA is a perv on its own. Your problem is illiteracy on the Bible.

    • Omnicopy

      Best thing kids can do is read the bible!!

      • Frankenputer

        While I agree to a point. More atheists have been created by reading the bible than anything else. But if we are “protecting the Children” from Pornography? The book has to be considered on it’s content.

  • Malleus

    Porn is about objectification of human beings, who were made in God’s image. Even when it’s done by consenting adults, it’s still wrong. People obsess over what they eat and drink, and they stupidly believe they can watch porn and not pollute themselves.

    • Chris

      “Even when it’s done by consenting adults, it’s still wrong.”

      Evidence?

      • Tancred Hauteville

        The evidence is the damage caused, psychologically, physically (encouraging early sex and promiscuity> cancer, STDs, AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, dissatisfied sex life), emotionally, and in all the ways just mentioned in the article. Don’t quibble over the word “wrong” to deny the argument.

        • Chris

          “The evidence is the damage caused, psychologically,”

          Contentious at best. There are numerous studies that find no psychological damage.

          “physically
          (encouraging early sex and promiscuity>”

          Hormones encourage early sexual experience. Hormones are the reason why people seek out porn. If there were no porn but everything else remained the same there would still be STD’s, early sexual experiences, etc.

          “cancer,”

          How does watching porn cause cancer?

          “STDs, AIDS, unwanted
          pregnancy,”

          “dissatisfied sex life”

          Now here there’s some data to back you up. If people confuse porn [which is a sexual fantasy] with reality then yes. But all they have to realise is that porn is just a fantasy, nothing more.

          “emotionally, …”

          Nope. Porn ADDITION perhaps. But the vast majority of people using porn are NOT addicted. You have to have an addictive personality. It’s that personality which causes the emotional harm – not the porn.

          “…and in all the ways just
          mentioned in the article. Don’t quibble over the word “wrong” to deny
          the argument.”

          Sorry but just because a bunch of politicians declare that something is true it doesn’t make it so.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Some Americans alive and right and well! Secular nations must be able to see immorality as what it is – a destructive sin. West’s “legal” inclination to Sodomy is a global crisis. Jesus alone gives forgiveness and freedom.

  • Bezukhov

    Look, another useless government gesture.
    And you can pry my copy of the Kamasutra from my cold, dead and sticky hands

  • Omnicopy

    Way to go!!

  • C_Alan_Nault

    Atheists account for 81% of sex crimes

    • Chris

      Evidence?

  • Justin McClanahan

    Lol I’m from Tennessee and thank god I moved. Tennessee has the most opiate addiction in America and this is the public health crisis?

  • jeremiah

    YAY! REPUBLICAN “SMALL GOVERNMENT” STRIKES AGAIN! The theocratic government of TN will take your freedoms little by little.