JUNE 2004 NEWSLETTER

 

431 ATTEND 12 MAY DINNER EVENT

 

On the evening of Wednesday, 12 May, the Lighted Candle Society award dinner was attended by an audience of four hundred and thirty-one individuals.  In every way possible the event was an outstanding success.  The presentation of the annual “Guardian of The Light” award to the Most Reverend George Neiderauer, Roman Catholic Bishop for the Salt Lake Diocese, was enthusiastically approved by the attendees.  Mr. Richard Terraci, the President of Family Flix, Inc., gave a report on the litigation by the motion picture industry in which the industry is attempting to prohibit the editing of motion pictures to make them acceptable to families. 

 

A most memorable aspect of the evening involved the presentations made by Dr. Victor Cline, Ph.D, and Dr. Judith Reisman, Ph.D.  The combined messages from Dr. Cline and Dr. Reisman confirmed with powerful scientific data the addictive nature of pornography and the destructive impact upon the human brain caused by viewing pornographic images.  Dr. Cline cited examples from more than thirty years of clinical experience with individuals experiencing severe psychological impairments caused by their addiction to pornography.  He also cited examples from literally hundreds of patient cases in which the visual consumption of  pornography had resulted in personal and family tragedies as the addicted individual would find it impossible to exercise the self-discipline not to act out or engage in the deviant sexual conduct presented in the pornographic materials. 

 

Although Dr. Cline’s recitation of heart breaking results caused by pornography left many with a sense of sorrow for the victims of pornography, he concluded his remarks by discussing the “healing process.”  “For both the addict and the abused family member,” said Dr. Cline, “there is a healing process that can do a great deal to restore these individuals to a stable and fulfilling life.”  Dr. Cline then outlined the specific aspects of the healing process.  “However,” said Dr. Cline, “I must emphasize that only when the addict is totally committed to seeking rehabilitation, and is willing to accept the counsel of a trained therapist and the support of immediate family members will the healing process be capable of success.” 

 

Dr. Judith Reisman then began her presentation where Dr. Cline’s had ended.   Making reference to a variety of studies that have been reported in the past year. Dr. Reisman’s remarkable presentation kept the audience totally captivated.  With the use of a number of highly effective visual aids projected on a huge screen Dr. Reisman enabled the audience to see and understand the significant scientific research of the last decade regarding how pornography affects the human brain. 

 

“Because of the remarkable ability to use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” (MRI) said Dr. Reisman, “we can now actually watch what is happening in the brain as it processes various visual and auditory stimuli.”   Using data presented in such highly credible sources as Science Magazine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, several of America’s most prominent neurologists,  and official government reports from both the United States and the United Kingdom, Dr. Reisman presented this hypothesis:

 

“Images of erotic behavior cannot be legally protected speech or expressions of speech when these images are instantly decoded in the brain by children, the unlettered and the illiterate.  We now have the capacity through the use of the MRI technology to carry out an intense clinical study that will demonstrate that in all humans the affect of viewing pornography causes the right hemisphere of the brain to subvert and overpower the left hemisphere logic processes.  The imagery of pornography fuses the emotional reactions of lust, fear, sex, and violence into a single physiological reaction that triggers the body to release mind-altering opiates without the viewer’s informed consent.”

 

Dr. Reisman termed obscene images as “Erototoxins” that cause the brain to release endogenous drugs produced within the body.   Under her hypothesis the reaction by the brain to the pornographic material produces a “cocktail” of these drugs entering the blood stream that causes a “high” similar to that obtained from the more potent street drugs.  The repeated experiencing of this “high” inevitably results in a literal chemical addiction to pornography by the viewer.  Once that addiction is confirmed the addict has lost the ability to use the cognitive reasoning areas of the brain to resist and overcome the compulsion to experience with real flesh and blood the sexual conduct represented in the pornographic images.

 

The result in our society is the tragedy of hundreds of thousands of abused wives and children who are victimized by the addict who has lost the capacity to suppress the chemically induced urge to engage in this conduct. 

 

Dr. Reisman then noted for the audience that the incredible behavior of American personnel in the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq,  is a classic example of the behavior of pornography addicts.  “Many commentators have expressed total perplexity as to why the guards at the prison would make photographs of themselves and the prisoners,” said Dr. Reisman.   Dr. Reisman then explained, “The answer is very clear and quite consistent with the well documented behavior of pornography addicts.  The addict needs a way to re-live the erotic experience.  By photographing themselves with the inmates upon whom they were inflicting sexual abuse they could use the photographs to relive, and hence re-experience, the neurological ‘high’ that is induced by acting out the behavior that has been implanted in the brain through exposure to hundreds of visual images contained in every form of pornographic material,” said Dr. Reisman. 

 

 

An edited videotape of the joint presentations by Dr. Cline and Dr. Reisman will be available from the Lighted Candle Society by June 30th.  The cost will be $14.90 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling.  We believe that every home should have a copy of this presentation as a means by which parents can help children to understand the danger of pornography.  Surely it is the responsibility of every parent to make certain that their children are protected from becoming a victim of the pernicious and predatory marketing activities of the pornography industry.

 

TO ORDER A COPY OF THIS VERY POWERFUL TEACHING TOOL:

            Go online to our web site (http://www.lightedcandlesociety.org) or use the form below to send your order through the mail.

 

.

 

 

ORDER FORM

 

TO;      THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY

            P.O. BOX 721

            BOUNTIFUL, UTAH 84011

 

Please send to me ________ copies of the videotape from the LCS meeting of 12 May featuring Dr. Victor Cline and Dr. Judith Reisman.  Enclosed please find my check in the amount of $__________($17.40 each item)  to cover the cost of purchasing the videotape and shipping and handling.

NAME:_____________________________________________

ADDRESS:__________________________________________________

PHONE:________________  e-mail:_______________________________

 

 

The following information is a summary of recent developments from throughout the world regarding the production and distribution of pornography.

 

 “THE HAND THAT RULES THE PRESS, THE RADIO, THE SCREEN AND THE FAR-SPREAD MAGAZINE RULES THE COUNTRY.”

                                                            Judge Learned Hand

 

1.      “Viacom’s (VIA) MTV (music t.v. channel) plans to launch in 2005 an ad-supported cable entertainment network aimed at gays and lesbians.   The network, to be called, LOGO, comes as gay culture has gone mainstream on TV with gay-themed shows such as NBC”s Will and Grace, Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Showtime’s The L Word.”

Reported in USA TODAY for 5/25/04

 

2.      “LOGO, a new cable television network targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender viewers will launched by MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc., on February 17, 2005.  The new channel will be advertiser-supported, argeting primarily gays and lesbians, 25-=49, and will provide a mix of original and acquired programming that is authentic, smart, inclusive and open-minded.” (emphasis added)

 

Viacom’s MTV executive offices have announced that they will also “…use its new LOGO television network for the influential and affluent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered market” on the web.  It will directly compete with the existing web site for this same market niche called PlanetOut Partners…

 

3.      DANISH COMPANY GIVES STAFF FREE INTERNET PORN

 

A Danish IT company has given all its employees free subscriptions to internet pornography sites.  LL Media in Nordjylland introduced the idea to stop staff accessing adult material at work.

 

The company’s director, Levi Nielsen, believes access to porn is a natural fringe benefit, like a free phone or a company car.  “We know that 80% of all hits on the Internet are on porn sites.  And we can see that people also surf porn pages during work,” Nielsen told Danish broadcaster DR Nordjylland.

 

Nielsen hopes the move will make his staff more relaxed and more efficient on the job.

 

4.      TRY BEING A CONSERVATIVE ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS IN MASSACHUSETTS.

James D. Miller, a professor of Economics at Smith College is quoted in Forbes of 7 June, 2004, as follows:

“To give you an idea of the political atmosphere on campus, in October 2002 several faculty members sent a petition to the president objecting to an invitation to Ann Coulter, the conservative pundit, to speak on campus.  No one objected, however, when a porn star gave a how-to talk at Smith on anal sex.”

 

5.      We have previously reported on the pornographic content of many videogames.  There are preview “teasers” for these games on the Internet on an all ages web site that contain full nudity and stripping, and graphic depictions of solicited oral sex.  These “games” combine extreme violence with graphic sexual conduct.  There is even an incest based video game sold under the “dating simulator” label.  Following is the advertisement for one videogame available to all ages:

 

“In Lula 3D Lula shows a lot more than her erotic side.  She shoots and fights her way through a number of exciting 3-D levels.  Lula, producer of erotic movies, is in a serious fox.  Just before shooting begins on her new film, three of her best stars are kidnapped.  Her only clue is a book of matches she finds in her villa.  There’s no time to lose as she roars off to ‘San Francisco in her racy hot rod.  Experience a wild chase across America with breakneck twists and a volley of erotic action.”

 

THE MISSION OF THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY

 

The LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY was created to provide leadership in defeating the “Goliath of Hedonism” that has become so prevalent among the American people.  Just as David of the Old Testament used “five smooth stones” as his weapons of choice to defeat the Goliath he faced, the LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY gives to its members FIVE SMOOTH STONES by which they can engage in the battle to defeat the Goliath of perversion and death that has arisen out of the darkness of pornography.

 

We invite you to become a part of this great endeavor by committing yourself to utilize each month one or more of the FIVE SMOOTH STONES provided by the LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY to its members.  We know that there are thousands, even tens of thousands, of honorable people in this land who will be willing to participate in this program if they only know about it.   Please become a modern David in the battle against  the Goliath of our day by arming yourself and using the FIVE SMOOTH STONES of THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY.

 

 

OUR FIVE SMOOTH STONES ARE:

 

1.     LIGHT A CANDLE each month.

2.     Participate in one or more of the ACTION PROGRAMS sponsored by the Lighted Candle Society.

3.     Be a GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHT

4.     “HEAL” the victim of pornography addiction

5.     PRAY for America

 

1.      LIGHT A CANDLE EACH MONTH

 

To participate in the “Light A Candle” program simply go to the web site for the LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY (www.lightedcandlesociety.org).  There you will find a form by which you can commit yourself to “light a candle” for decency each month by donating $10.00 to the LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY.  You donation can be made automatically with your credit card with a program that is guaranteed by the servicing bank to be encrypted so that your credit card information is kept totally private.   Your $10.00 will be used each month to help finance the costs associated with one or more of our ACTION programs.

 

2.      PARTICIPATE IN AN “ACTION” PROGRAM

 

The current ACTION programs of the LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY are listed on our web site and include:

a.      Financing the Reisman “Brain/Body” research project.

b.      Financing the legal defense of the “Family Flicks” defendants

c.      Filing civil actions in state and federal courts to remove the hard core pornography from cable, satellite, and broadcast television.

d.      Filing civil actions in state courts to require libraries to use filters on their public access computers.

e.      Persuading advertisers to cease supporting television channels that are pandering pornographic music and conduct to teenagers.

 

3.      BE A “GUARDIAN” OF THE LIGHT

 

Volunteer to actively participate with others in your community to distribute materials that are made available by the LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY regarding the danger and the sources of pornography.  Be willing to monitor and strive to remove any source of pornographic materials that may appear.  This would include working with elected city and county officials, law enforcement officers, local newspapers and merchants, school officials and civic and religious groups whose united efforts can become a powerful weapon in preserving the light of moral virtue in your community.

 

4.      HELP TO “HEAL” THE SICK

 

Many who have become addicted to pornography desperately want to be “healed.”  Because of shame and fear they do no know where to find help.  There are many worthwhile programs that can “heal” the individual who has become a victim of addiction to pornography.  With the assistance of qualified experts like Dr. Victor Cline THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY will recommend and provide programs created to “HEAL THE SICK” and strengthen their resolve to overcome the Goliath of Hedonism that has enslaved their lives.

 

5.      PRAY FOR AMERICA

 

The men and women who framed and sustained the American Republic did so with an overwhelming sense of divine mission.  The LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY is not a program of any specific church or religion.  We welcome to our membership all who are anxious for the survival of the Republic and are willing to sacrifice to defeat the Goliath of Hedonism created by the plague of pornography.

 

We appeal to all American to humble themselves in prayer to the Almighty for divine guidance and inspiration to be upon our leaders, our educators, our ministers of religion, and our families that “the light of truth” may continue to preserve our nation and its people.

 

BE SURE TO MONITOR THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY WEB SITE:

                        www.lightedcandlesociety.org