One of my frequent reads each day is the Prague Post, the English newspaper in Prague. I read it to keep up with life and culture in Czech, at least as much as I can being here in the States. Today as I logged on my heart was broken to read one of the headlines, “Law sought to ban child porn”. I thought to myself, “That is a good law to have.” As I read it I was appalled to see that it is legal to own child pornography in the Czech Republic and they are just thinking about passing laws to make it illegal! I was upset as I read it, because there can’t be much out there in this world that is more evil than it!
Having a twelve year old sister, younger cousins, and many family friends that are children this gets my blood boiling. But as I read the article I realized that it didn’t surprise me that it isn’t illegal to own this filth in Czech. When a people has dismissed the mere notion that there is a God it’s very foundation for morality erodes! As I remembered this my heart turned from anger to sadness once again for the people of the Czech Republic and God used this to remind me why He has called me to Czech. Here are a couple interesting quotes from the article click here for the rest.
The Czech Republic is the only European Union country where it is legal to own child porn â€” though it is illegal to produce or distribute it. Because of that fact, the Czechs implicated by Austrian authorities are likely to escape punishment.
â€œThe Czech Republic should be ashamed,â€ said Marie VodiÄkovÃ¡, director of the Children at Risk Fund. â€œIt is a proof of insufficient protection of children in our country. As possession of child porn is legal there is demand, Where there is demand there is supply, which means abuse of children.â€
Petr Weiss, a sexologist at Charles University, said that he has no opinion as to whether Parliament should pass a law against the possession of child porn but that there are arguments for and against such a law.
He said a Danish study has shown that fewer children are sexually abused when pedophiles have access to child porn. On the other hand, the production of such pornography necessitates the abuse of children.
I can’t say too much about the line of thinking of Professor Weiss, but then again, sorry-to-say, it doesn’t surprise me… Until the Czech Republic knows the King, Jesus…