by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – The Challenge
Editor’s note: This article is so filled with rose-colored views of the past combined with dire warnings about the future that it really begs to be examined piece by piece. Michael seems to think that no one but a few perverts looked at porn before 1982. This piece is from 2002. What do you think? How does he explain the strip clubs of the 1950s and 60s? How about all the nudie magazines you could buy? The start of Playboy in the 1950s? He doesn’t. Pornography predates Christ by quite some time. Claiming that Christians didn’t do these things in the past is really delusional.
There was a time when somewhere in every large city there was a dirty building, dimly lit, tucked back where decent folks would never go. Nearby was a liquor store and a cheap motel that rented rooms by the hour.
It cost more if you wanted clean sheets. An XXX and a blinking neon sign, sporting a girlie silhouette, marked the building. Only the sleaziest characters in town would go to such a place, and then they hurried in with their collars up or their hats pulled down low. Zoning laws prevented the placement of these hellholes close to residential areas or churches. Those ordinary fathers who might have lusted to know what tantalizing secrets lay behind the black door and painted windows had more self-respect, or at the least, concern for their reputations, than to risk being seen patronizing those outposts of Sodom. The Canaanites, whom God slew down to the last woman and child, would have been destroyed sooner if they had obtained this 16-millimeter sin.
Twenty years ago most of us didn’t even know one person who patronized these places. It was unheard of and the buildings were seldom seen. The law and the courts treated those “Adult Book-stores” like spilt sewage.
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