STAR pub­lisher de­clares porn hor­ri­ble!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -


Toni Ni­cholas

With the re­cent spike in re­ported cases of rape in Saint Lucia, out­spo­ken Catholic priest Fr. Li­nus Clo­vis had his say on the mat­ter. He blamed the in­ci­dents on easy ac­cess to pornog­ra­phy by young peo­ple and chil­dren. Clo­vis said this prob­lem may be preva­lent among young boys who are now de­vel­op­ing their sex­u­al­ity and who can’t dis­tin­guish be­tween an “imag­i­nary woman and the real woman.”

On Thurs­day the priest ap­peared on Rick Wayne’s TALK show on DBS Tele­vi­sion. Wayne, who has been fa­mously ac­cused by cer­tain politi­cians of pub­lish­ing pornog­ra­phy in the STAR, quite pos­si­bly shook his holy de­trac­tors to the core with what he had to say to Clo­vis and the na­tion on the sub­ject. The episode be­gan with the host re­call­ing boy­hood days in La­borie and the times his teacher held classes un­der a eu­ca­lyp­tus tree near their school. In par­tic­u­lar, Wayne re­ferred to a book read by the teacher en­ti­tled ‘Bible Sto­ries’ that in­cluded ‘Daniel in the Lion’s Den’. Wayne un­der­scored the point that the read­ings from the par­tic­u­lar book were never of­fered in the name of re­li­gion.

“It was just a story book with in­ter­est­ing tales,” Wayne re­called. “It had noth­ing to do with re­li­gion. Not di­rectly, at any rate. Some­times the same teacher read from Ae­sop’s Fa­bles.”

Agree­ing with his guest that things had changed rad­i­cally since his days grow­ing up in La­borie, that to­day too many teach­ers are ill-equipped to pro­vide stu­dents with a proper foun­da­tion for moral and so­cial growth, Wayne took a sharp and sud­den turn.

“Fa­ther Clo­vis,” he said, “I think pornog­ra­phy is hor­ri­ble. I am not say­ing this be­cause I am try­ing to sound holy. But there can be no deny­ing porn has a hor­ri­ble im­pact on kids, es­pe­cially. It teaches them sex, as sex is not sup­posed to be; the sex it teaches them is de­grad­ing - to them and to the woman. I am say­ing porn is very, very dan­ger­ous, par­tic­u­larly when viewed by kids in less than won­der­ful cir­cum­stances who see things kids are not equipped to deal with. I’m re­fer­ring to kids who live in one-room shacks . . . who see their moth­ers or fa­thers in cir­cum­stances be­yond their un­der­stand­ing. Come to that, bad hous­ing is at the core of most of our so­cial prob­lems.”

He paused be­fore con­tin­u­ing: “On the other hand, Fa­ther Clo­vis, I dis­agree with the view that kids watch pornog­ra­phy and then they want to rape some­body in con­se­quence.”

With­out any sign of dis­com­fort the priest said: “I don’t think pornog­ra­phy alone is re­spon­si­ble for rape. I think it is a con­tribut­ing fac­tor. Es­pe­cially the kind of porn that is so eas­ily ac­cessed th­ese days. Most of the con­tent amounts to violence against women. Kids see this and they nat­u­rally seek to im­i­tate what they have seen.”

Wayne seemed not to agree. “A hun­dred years ago, when I was a kid,” he said mis­chie­vously, “we did not have pornog­ra­phy. But we had the UK Daily Mir­ror with its Page 3 top­less model pic­tures. What we, as kids, did was take the pa­per to the near­est bath­room. And I can tell you, for pur­poses that had noth­ing to do with read­ing. Mas­tur­ba­tion was what those pic­tures in­spired.”

Again he paused, smiled. “I put it to you, Fa­ther Clo­vis, that even now what porn in­spires, re­gard­less of age, is mas­tur­ba­tion. Not rape. And that goes for women too. Rape has noth­ing to do with pic­tures, stills or movies. I be­lieve rape is a con­se­quence of other things like cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment. Kids see their moth­ers be­ing bat­tered; they im­i­tate what they see, as you said ear­lier. I be­lieve rape is com­mit­ted by peo­ple ren­dered in­fe­rior by the way they were brought up. In­fe­rior peo­ple with a sick need to con­trol oth­ers via bru­tal sex, sex with­out con­sent. Rape is far less a sex­ual thing than a need to ex­ert power over the vul­ner­a­ble.”

Clo­vis: “I agree. All of th­ese things you men­tioned con­trib­ute to rape. But let us not forget that the rape is­sue is not re­lated only to Saint Lucia. U.S. cam­puses have this prob­lem . . . stud­ies have shown that on U.S. cam­puses males said they would more than likely com­mit an act of rape if they thought they would get away with it. They have a jus­tice sys­tem that func­tions, though. Un­like here.

Host and guest agreed on an­other point, prof­fered by the priest: “Our peo­ple do not care any­more, peo­ple are not think­ing any­more. The coun­try is al­to­gether with­out lead­er­ship.” Pre­sum­ably, he also in­cluded the col­lec­tive church!

A fi­nal note - asked yes­ter­day to elab­o­rate on his porn state­ment, Wayne gave the writer this as­sur­ance: “I in­sist that pornog­ra­phy and sex are harm­ful to kids. But I hope I did not leave the im­pres­sion dur­ing my time with Fa­ther Clo­vis that I do not enjoy porn. That would be like say­ing I do not enjoy good food. But I’m not so crazy as to be sit­ting around all day stuff­ing my face. Great food en­joyed in mod­er­a­tion is as good for the body as soul. So is porn.”

Now that sounds more like the Rick Wayne so many love to hate!

Fa­ther Li­nus Clo­vis: He went with Rick Wayne where

no priest has gone be­fore!

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