Porn and Birth Rates

Facing a declining birth rate among citizens, the autocratic leaders of Singapore are loosening restrictions against pornography in order to get people more interested in sex. Is this a good idea?

Pornography, almost by definition, separates the act of sex from its natural conclusion, which is having children. Porn preaches the fantasy that sex is purely a physical act between consenting adults, just another form of “recreation” with no children allowed to intrude. Yes, sex should be enjoyable, but it naturally (but certainly not in every instance) leads to the greater joys of childrearing. This is real “re-creation.”

Everywhere porn proliferates, birth rates lag. The way to get birth rates up is to honor families with children. And a few financial incentives so that parents can afford to have children wouldn’t hurt.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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