Fact-based?

Mormon-led group blasts San Francisco with “Porn Kills Love” billboards

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In 2008, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were a major voice in the fight against California’s Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage. Now, Mormons are once again weighing in on the sex lives of Californians – this time, by way of billboard in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Utah-based Fight The New Drug (FTND) is the group responsible for about 100 billboards that read “Porn Kills Love,” recently spotted in the Bay Area, but despite the all-Mormon founding team the group denies its signs have any ties to the church. Instead, FTND’s founder told The Daily Beast that it takes a “fact-based” approach to addressing the effects of online pornography. “We have no affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or any other religion for that matter,” founder Clay Olsen said. “This issue goes beyond personal values or beliefs. It’s a public health concern and we, as a society, need to start treating it as such.”

San Francisco is known for its liberal attitudes on sexual freedoms, so the billboards have garnered much criticism and though FTND does not affiliate with the Mormon Church directly, some find it difficult to separate the founder’s beliefs from their cause — especially with the history of Prop 8 in such recent memory.

According to The Daily Beast, FTND’s anti-porn campaign lacks basis in the science and research on online pornography that has been conducted. “Porn addiction,” a phrase used across FTND’s website, is not recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and “sex addiction” has been denied re-entry to the manual numerous times. A study published this year in Biological Psychology said that the brains of those experiencing “major problems” stemming from use of pornography appear opposite to those of drug addicts. Research cited by FTND comes from a Mormon neurosurgeon and anti-porn activists, the article notes.

Read the full article at The Daily Beast.

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