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Religious hate groups say the real ‘silent but deadly disease’ is the increase in people watching porn. Seriously

Lily Wakefield April 15, 2020
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During the coronavirus pandemic, multiple anti-LGBT+ religious groups in America have called out the real “silent but deadly disease” – porn.

As countries across the globe enforce lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19, use of porn and sex toys has seen an increase as people sensibly choose self love over in-person hook-ups.

PornHub even offered free premium accounts to every one of its billions of users around the world, in a bid to encourage people to stay home.

As well as helping people to social distance, masturbation can also tackle stress during this difficult time, but the religious right are struggling to recognise the positives.

Terry Schilling, the executive director of the religious, homophobic and transphobic organisation the American Principles Project, wrote for The Federalist: “During a worldwide pandemic that has already taken thousands of lives, concerns about a rise in porn usage may seem trivial.

“However, to brush these concerns aside would be a huge mistake.

“Like the coronavirus, pornography use is silent but deadly, a powerful disease that has had devastating effects across our society.

“Although coronavirus may attract more headlines today, pornography will be with us for the long haul. Porn cannot be vaccinated against, it has a nearly $100 billion industry devoted to its spread worldwide, and few are brave enough to stand against it.”

Anti-LGBT+ hate group Liberty Council sent out a press release, listing pornography as a problem caused by “mental health stress” during coronavirus lockdown.

It warned of an increase in people watching porn, alongside child sexual exploitation and suicide.

For porn, there’s no vaccine.

The president of the Family Research Council, another religious right-wing hate group, even made an entire podcast episode on the “dangers” of porn during the pandemic.

Tony Perkins titled the episode “for porn, there’s no vaccine”, which missed the fairly obvious point that there is currently no vaccine for coronavirus either.

He interviewed journalist David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, who said: “This is a pandemic inside a pandemic.”

More: Coronavirus, Family Research Council, hate groups, Liberty Council, pornhub, pornography, religious right

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