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We posted an article 2 years ago about a ministry that deals solely with the issue of Porn among Christians and according to the surveys and information provided in that article there are not only many church members using porn, but a high percentage of Pastors and other Ministers are users of Porn.
We strongly believe that the use of pornography via the Internet is common place throughout the mass of bible believing Christians; whether Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Pentecostal, and Charismatic.
The finding here in this article is not shocking. Christians and the use of pornography is an issue that has been hidden in darkness, but now as it were coming to light, and it is so to speak, being proclaimed from the housetops.
At this time we will not explore this issue in the normal depth that we would, due to weakness and infirmity. But when able we will come back and visit this issue and bring as much scripture as we are able to bear.
8 of Top 10 Porn-Consuming States Voted Republican in 2008 Presidential Election
By EWEN CALLAWAY
Feb. 28, 2009
Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.
A new nationwide study (pdf) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states.
"When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than
different," says Benjamin Edelman at
However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds.
"Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by," Edelman says.
Edelman spends part of his time helping companies such as Microsoft and AOL detect advertising fraud. Another consulting client runs dozens of adult websites, though he says he is not at liberty to identify the firm.
That company did, however, provide Edelman with roughly two years of credit card data from 2006 to 2008 that included a purchase date and each customer's postal code.
After controlling for differences in broadband internet access between states – online porn tends to be a bandwidth hog – and adjusting for population, he found a relatively small difference between states with the most adult purchases and those with the fewest.
The biggest consumer,
Number 10 on the list was
Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave
their electoral votes to John McCain in last year's presidential election –
Church-goers bought less online porn on Sundays – a 1% increase in a postal code's religious attendance was associated with a 0.1% drop in subscriptions that day. However, expenditures on other days of the week brought them in line with the rest of the country, Edelman finds.
Residents of 27 states that passed laws banning gay marriages boasted 11% more porn subscribers than states that don't explicitly restrict gay marriage.
To get a better handle on other associations between social attitudes and pornography consumption, Edelman melded his data with a previous study on public attitudes toward religion.
States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement "I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage," bought 3.6 more subscriptions per thousand people than states where a majority disagreed. A similar difference emerged for the statement "AIDS might be God's punishment for immoral sexual behavior."
"One natural hypothesis is something like repression: if you're told you can't have this, then you want it more," Edelman says.