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Argument: Prostitution is morally wrong

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  • Dorn Checkley, Director of the Pittsburg Coalition Against Pornography. "Legalized Prostitution?". Jan. 22, 2007 - "Prostitution as an institution is evil. It doesn't matter if it is the 'world's oldest profession', it is still wrong. However, prostitutes themselves are not evil and neither are their johns. They are usually broken and needy individuals seemingly trapped by the circumstances of their lives. Ultimately, to accept and legitimize prostitutes and johns is not compassionate, it is lazy. Not to undertake the difficult task of leading, encouraging and calling them to the higher way is a failure to love as Jesus would have loved them."[1]
  • Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired physician. "Welfare-to-Work’s New Thrust". City Journal. Feb. 3, 2005 - "A few years ago, prostitutes disappeared from the pages of medical journals; they returned as 'sex workers.' Nor did they work in prostitution any more: they were employees in the 'sex industry.' Presumably, orgasms are now a consumer product just like any other. As for pimps, the correct term is probably: 'brief sexual liaison coordinators.'...
The idea of the state coercing its population into prostitution is, of course, repellent. Even the most liberal of liberals would probably agree with that. This means that there is after all a moral difference between prostitution and washing dishes in the local restaurant or stacking supermarket shelves. And that prostitution is both age-old and ineradicable does not make it any less degrading to all concerned.
Once again, the attempt to remake our moral universe by a change of terminology stands revealed as shallow moral exhibitionism..."[2]
  • Tony Nassif, Founder and President of the Cedars Cultural and Educational Foundation. July 19, 2005 - "Who would ever think that the shameful and dark behavior of prostitution would now be advocated to be 'mainstream' acceptable in the popular culture?
How is it that it advanced this far? The degeneration of moral absolutes has been eroded by the jackhammer of existentialism and situational ethics. Years ago it was seen not only as shameful but a stigma for a man to solicit a prostitute....
Some say 'well, what they do in the privacy of their own bedroom is no concern of mine. I don't think we should judge. I don't think we should impose our morals on others.' Here's a reality check. Every law on the books is an attempt to legislate morality because morality is a standard of right and wrong. The question is 'which morals will govern?'. What people do in the privacy of their own bedroom does affect us all. AIDS is epidemic.
...The march of the perverse will continue unless people of logic, reason and moral common sense don't take a stand and take action to resist the movement to legalize that which destroys the souls of those who practice it and is a vehicle to infect a nation and those who practice it."[3]

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