During the Christmas break, I received a junk email (spam) with am extremely offensive pornographic image. It was a direct assault on everything wholesome and good in my life — a nuisance of the vilest kind. I changed my settings in the Apple Mail program to only show images in emails after I’ve clicked “OK”, so I shouldn’t ever have that problem again. And I’m fortunate not to have had that problem often, but I decided it was just one too many times. I want revenge.
I decided I am going to launch an anti pornography campaign. I’ve studied serial killer Ted Bundy a bit and I know he was highly influenced by pornography. He grew up in a good, Christian home where his parents worked hard and didn’t smoke or drink. Before he was executed, he said his atrocities couldn’t be blamed on his family. But as a boy, he found smutty magazines in a dumpster near his house and thus “dove into the trash”. He became more and more consumed by porn and required harder and harder material to satisfy himself. Eventually the coarseness of his pornographic diet led him to rape and kill 36 women. (Thirty-six is the official count; some believe it may be more than 100.)
And he’s not the only one. Many a serial killer were influenced by pornography — Gary Bishop, Jeffrey Dahmer. Surveys tell that those who view pornography feel an increased desire to commit rape. Undoubtedly pornography is even sewing the seeds of a future serial killer today. Pornography is everyone’s problem — it’s a societal threat that could ruin us if we let it.
It’s ridiculous to say, “I have the right to view pornography in my own home. It is my business. Like illegal drugs, pornography usage by *anyone* affects *everyone*. Playboy ought to be as illegal as cocaine. We breed tomorrow’s serial killers and rapists today by letting pornography spread through our society. In the meantime, marriages are destroyed and homes are broken. I’ve seen very few episodes of Friends, but several of the ones I’ve seen included “light-hearted” and “fun” references to pornography. But the story always stops there. They never show “Chandler the rapist” or “Ross the serial killer” — those don’t make for fun shows.
I told Dave and Brian about my idea over the break, and they both liked it and seemed glad to help. Dave, who just graduated from BYU in advertising, even put together some rough drafts for billboards. You can see his drafts at http://www.richardkmiller.com/apc/.
Originally my intentions were to save this campaign for a few years down the road when I can entirely fund the campaign myself, but Dave and Brian have changed my mind — I think we can do it now. We’ll look into prices of renting a billboard in Las Vegas, and then we’ll start fund raising. We certainly need it now.