From Alexander Pope’s classic “Essay on Man”:
Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace
From “Institute of Life Insurance” advertisement in Scientific American, May 1968, 56. an ominous warning was voiced by Laurence M. Gould, former president of Carleton College:
“I do not believe the greatest threat to our future is from bombs or guided missiles. I don’t think our civilization will die that way. I think it will die when we no longer care. Arnold Toynbee has pointed out that 19 of 21 civilizations have died from within and not by conquest from without. There were no bands playing and flags waving when these civilizations decayed. It happened slowly, in the quiet and the dark when no one was aware.”
Thomas Monsons Battle Plan in “Pornography, the Deadly Carrier” Gospel Library > Magazines > Ensign > July 2001
We have the capacity and the responsibility to stand as a bulwark between all we hold dear and the fatal contamination of the pornography beetle. May I suggest three specific steps in our battle plan:
First, a return to righteousness. An understanding of who we are and what God expects us to become will prompt us to pray—as individuals and as families. Such a return reveals the constant truth: “Wickedness never was happiness.” 6 Let not the evil one dissuade. We can yet be guided by that still, small voice—unerring in its direction and all-powerful in its influence.
Second, a quest for the good life. I speak not of the fun life, the sophisticated life, the popular life. Rather, I urge each to seek eternal life—life everlasting with mother, father, brothers, sisters, husband, wife, sons, and daughters, forever and forever together.
Third, a pledge to wage and win the war against pernicious permissiveness. As we encounter that evil carrier, the pornography beetle, let our battle standard and that of our communities be taken from that famous ensign of early America, “Don’t tread on me.”
Let us join in the fervent declaration of Joshua: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Let our hearts be pure. Let our lives be clean. Let our voices be heard. Let our actions be felt.
Then the beetle of pornography will be halted in its deadly course. Pernicious permissiveness will have met its match. And we, with Joshua, will safely cross over Jordan into the promised land—even to eternal life in the celestial kingdom of our God.
This is one of many specific messages warning against the dangers of pornography specifically and immorality in general given from the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. America and the world are going thru a battle for it’s soul. It is a battle fought often in the individual hearts of men and women, but many countries, states and communities are losing the battle for their souls collectively as the individuals give up the fight for right and embrace sin and corruption. When enough people give up and in a free society vote for evil laws we are no longer protected by the Lord’s mercies given to a good and moral society.
Maybe that is why many want a King rather than freedom. Then there is a responsible leader to blame for our sins. Fortunately the Lord gives us all a voice in America and we are all held responsible for our choices and votes. many states in America voted recently for moral and traditional marriage so I am very encouraged, though the opposition is desparately pulling out all stops to change peoples opinions and the laws. If that fails the fight will continue and other less pleasant attempts will follow to get a Godless society and New World Order.