On July 12th we ran our first opinion piece in the Chronicles. Written by Isabella Carter, it argued that prostitution should be legalized in Santa Ramona Valley. We asked for people to submit their own opinions.
Yesterday we published a reply by Under Sheriff Azariah Brentt, written in a personal capacity. Today we publish two further replies. We welcome responses both to the original article and to the responses.
From Slim Hutchinson:
While Ms Carter may have her heart in the right place, she should look deeper into the possible results of the action. Would she be fine with Mrs. Wilson on the corner setting up a lemonade stand only instead of lemonade for a quarter, she gives head behind a curtain for ten bucks every Saturday afternoon to earn a few extra dollars? Or maybe the cheerleading squad could sell sex instead of holding a carwash to raise money for new uniforms. The outrage would be more than a moral issue. But remember, Mrs. Wilson and the cheerleaders are providing a community service.
Now if you want to legalize prostitution in the same manner as marijuana has been legalized in most states, rules and regulations would have to be followed, licenses issued, for a fee, taxes paid, health insurance, quarterly if not monthly infectious disease reports, municipal restrictions adhered to.
Brothels would be as common as pot shops in those mini malls as street walking would be banned. All business codes would have to be enforced such as handicap parking and access, fire exits and alarms. With a boom in Brothels, competition would be rampant. Price wars would be a hoot, buy one get one free.
Prostitutes do it for the money. They are independent contractors making quick cash, no taxes, no bosses and they see it as better than waiting tables at Denny’s which any of them could do. I would guess many of them prefer the underworld aspect of their lives and the edge that comes with it.
Legalization is a Pandora box of ‘what if’s‘ that needs to be considered. Ms Carter might want to look up decriminalization in her dictionary and see if that is a better path.
From Father Anthony Morrow:
Dear Ms Carter.
I find myself outraged over your article on Legalization of Prostitution dated July 12, 2020 which was published in the Santa Ramona Chronicles.
As a now fully ordained member of the clergy, who has provided spiritual guidance to people throughout this city for some months now. I feel strongly enough on this matter that I must speak my mind.
Prostitution caters as an outlet for lust, more commonly male lust but not necessarily so. It leads directly to Fornication which is defined by the church as carnal union between persons who are not married to each other. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons doing it and that of human sexuality, which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the production and spiritual education of future generations. Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young involved as is often the case with Prostitution. Many a young woman has been led astray with the lure of easy money, and that that is so troubles me deeply. The mere notion of catering to the baser urges of human's inability to control themselves is even more troubling.
Prostitution injures the dignity of the person who engages in it, reducing the person to an instrument of sexual pleasure. The one who pays for it, sins gravely against him or herself: and violates the chastity to which his or her Baptism pledged them and defiles the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit and society. Prostitution is a social scourge. It usually involves women, but also men.
And if involving one person being married it becomes a case of adultery. Christ condemns even adultery of mere desire. The sixth commandment and the New Testament forbids adultery absolutely. The prophets denounce the gravity of adultery; they see it as an image of the sin of idolatry. Adultery is an injustice. He who commits adultery fails in his commitment to the lord. He does injury to the sign of the covenant which the marriage bond is made, transgresses the rights of the other spouse, and undermines the institution of marriage by breaking the contract on which it is based. He compromises the good of human generation and the welfare of children who need their parents' stable union.
In short by creating human beings, God gave personal dignity as a gift of equally to all. Each man and woman, should acknowledge and accept their sexual identity and carry out their sexual lives with that same dignity. Every baptized person is called to lead a chaste life, each according to his particular state of life.
The fantasy remains that prostitution is the most seasoned vocation on the planet, while this may have some basis in truth that does not detract from the fact that throughout the eon's women's activists contend that it multiplied alongside the imbalance inside the male centric progressive system. Today, prostitution is boundless, and its is discussed and debated over its legitimate restrictions.
I pose this question to your readers. “What if it was your sister, mother or daughter? Selling her body for the use of male lust? Many argue that it is empowering to women but prostitution is never entirely consensual and cannot be regarded as such, violence against women is a systemic form of men's domination and social control of women. Thus, assaults occur primarily because of institutionalized male privilege, as men believe it is their right to enact violence against women. Sexual commerce provides a patriarchal right of access to women's bodies, thus perpetuating women's subordination to men. All forms of prostitution are a form of violence against another human begin. And moreover, violence and abasement of the sanctity of the undefiled spirit which God ordained as a gift for mankind. For our multiplication, and for the benefit and comfort of all.
Given all that, can anyone not concede that prostitution is set directly against, Gods will, the good order of society and our own respect and integrity as human begins? Legalization would be nothing short of the legalization of sin and corruption and I draw your attention to Genesis 18–19 and the destruction of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for the grave sins they committed and that were sanctioned by their governing bodies.
Let our city do the right thing and not befall a similar fate.
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