Shelby Mayor Proclaims 'Pornography Awareness Week'

  • 11/5/2018 9:45:23 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

SHELBY, OH - At Monday night's Shelby City Council meeting, Mayor Steven L. Schag made a proclamation during the meeting that acknowledged October 23rd through November 3rd as "Pornography Awareness Week." According to "54 experts in the social sciences," pornographic material was found to be potentially harmful to women, children, and consumers in general.

"Pastors from 66 area congregations throughout Richland County, Ohio, on July 22nd, 2015, called for a day of prayer, fasting, and repentance from sins of immorality, including the use of pornography," Schag said as he read from the Proclamation. "I, Steven L Schag, Mayor of the City of Shelby, do hereby proclaim October 28th, 2018 through November 3rd, 2018 as Pornography Awareness Week."

Reverend Kevin Evans, of Ganges Liberty Baptist Church, took the opportunity to speak after the proclamation was read, claiming that the "porn pandemic" has contributed to "...the breakdown of the family, sex trafficking, prostitution, and violence against women."

"People just don't seem to get it," Evans said. "There is something terribly wrong when the right to promote something, without censorship, under the guise of free speech, has the ability to enslave our lives and jeopardize our liberties. It contaminates and pollutes our society. It further contaminates and pollutes the minds and the lives of our young folks from being able to enjoy their God-given gift of pure sexual gratification through the institution of marriage between a man and a woman."

The proclamation was a joint effort between Evans, Reverend Walter Keib of Shelby First Baptist Church, Benjamin Mutti of the Richland Community Family Coalition, along with help from Shelby Mayor Steve Schag.

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