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“With pornographic material freely available on the internet and not covered by the laws of the country in which it may be viewed, ethics are needed to guide its usage”. The general meaning of ethics is the balance of morals and principles. Generally ethics has to do with particular groups, and in each group they are constantly changing. These changes happen due to factors in life, factors such as; age, religion and gender. Ethics is a very debatable topic, due to the fact that ethics is made up on stereotypes. Every law springs from a system of values and beliefs, every law is an instance of authorizing morality. (David F. Gillespie, 2006) Law predictably applies a shaping effect over the beliefs, character, and actions of the nation’s people. Those who attempt to separate morality from law consequently are in search both of the impossible and the destructive. The question before us is not whether or not to legislate morality, but which moral system should be made legally compulsory. Pornography is an issue that borderlines between freedom of speech and awareness. However, where does one draw the line between free speech and discrimination? Religious views on pornography often discourage people of numerous religions from observing pornography which is prompting the support for regulations restraining its publication. However, different religious groups do not always come to an agreement on what is classified as pornographic, and some religious groups believe that freedom of expression should be favoured over restrictions. (Comparative Constitutional Law, 2009) There is no direct exclusion mentioned of pornographic media in the Bible. Pornography was neither as established or as well developed during biblical times as it is today. Many Christians base their beliefs on pornography due to the clarification of Matthew 5:27-28.
Matt. 5:27-28, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery'; 28 but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart." (The Bible, 1573)
Most Christians believe that the wrongfulness of pornography is that its purpose is to create a shameless desire in the eyes of the viewer. Jesus speaks of adultery in saying that desire of another man’s woman is adultery in the heart. Adultery is forbidden in the Ten Commandments and this is what Christian’s base their disapproval of pornography. (Catholic Bible 101, 2013) Islamic teachings directly oppose the practice and viewing of pornography. The teachings in the Qur’an focus on gaining better self-control of lustful desires and the desires to look at the genitals of another person. This primarily applies equally to looking at private parts in pictures or films; it is so to increase spiritual awareness. Through the teachings of Islam, pornography is seen as a primarily destructive force that will destroy one’s life and the bond they have with society. The Qur'an 24:31 states "And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and keep covered their private parts, and that they should not show-off their beauty except what is apparent, and let them cast their shawls over their cleavage. And let them not show off their beauty except to their husbands.”(Awareness Mission, 2011) There are influential individuals in today’s society who perceive that their moral obligation on pornography is right. The world's most famous playboy Hugh Heffner, publisher of Playboy magazine entered his ninth decade, still preaching his gospel of free sex, paid pornography, and freedom from sexual morality. Hefner writes himself “As much as I'd like to believe, I guess I can't expect that much liberalism from a country that is barely 200 years old. Perhaps someday we will wake up and pronounce pornography legal, as did Denmark in 1969. For the moment I can revel with the knowledge that I am still able to buy Playboy or Hustler magazine across the street...
Bibliography: * Comparative Constitutional Law, 2009, http://law.psu.edu/_file/Ross/Chapter_Three.pdf,
The document given covers the balance of values of free expression and equality
* Thomas Lickona, 2007, http://catholiceducation.org/articles/sexuality/se0140.htm
This document backs up the statement argued in the research assignment of the general public needing to be educated on the ethics and morality of pornography
* Hunmedialaw, 2011, http://hunmedialaw.org/dokumentum/555/classification_Rec_EN_130111.pdf
This document highlights and backs up the governing principles of the legal practice applicable to the age/rating /classification of media content
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