Experts agree with
disgraced evangelist Jimmy Swaggart – pornography is addictive.
it was Swaggart’s own addiction to smut that led to his downfall – just as in
others, it has led to brutal rape and murder.
is now considered as addictive as drugs, leading, as with any addiction, to
a need for escalated ‘doses’ and intensity,” Swaggart wrote in a 1987 column
in the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate.
turn, breeds desensitization, which leads to the acting out of the roles that
have been at the heart of the nation’s most sensational murder and serial rape
cases. Women and children, portrayed as nothing more than debased objects on
screen and in print, pay a particularly high price when fantasy turns into reality.”
Yet, since his
youth, Swaggart has given into the urge to watch unnatural sexual acts, according
to a fellow clergyman.
been a history of it for a good while,” the Reverend Glen Cole revealed
stop for a time and then rise up to happen again.”
got hold of him and he just couldn’t shake it,” said Cole, a member of
the national governing body of Swaggart’s church.
to kick the porn habit no matter how hard he tried isn’t unique.
Experts say it
is a compulsion every bit as addictive as any drug – and far more dangerous.
not been a sex murder in the history of our department in which the killer was
not an avid reader of lewd magazines,” said Herbert W. Case, a former Detroit,
Michigan, police inspector.
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