Friday, February 02, 2007

Porn Pastors: I got made fun of by Ron Jermey and laughed at by 1,256 people

Feb. 2, 2007 — The American evangelical church, in its various denominations, has boldly sent missionaries to every corner of the world. But according to a team of evangelists based in Michigan, there's one industry in the homeland that's been largely ignored by the church. It's the booming business of pornography.

The real truth of the matter is that the Porn Industry has no real leg on which to stand. I know, because I got made fun of by Ron Jeremy and was laughed at by 1,256 people in the audience. On September 28, 2005 Ron Jermey and Mike Lahey hosted a "Porn Debate" at the LSU Union Theater. 1,256 students, faculty, and reporters filled the the Union that evening. Eventually the Fire Marshall had to stop allowing students into the theater due to fire codes, but that didn't stop the 100s of students who stood outside the theater from listening to and in some cases participating in the hooting and hollering that Ron and Mike caused.

When the debate finally began, Ron was introduced as the "prolific porn star" for acting in over 1900 adult film. The reaction from the majority of the audience was very shocking as he received a standing ovation for the mere fact that he was defending a long held cultural taboo. When exactly did porn become a thing to applaud? I suspected that the students wanted to hear that their own vice is not really a vice but a thing to be embraced and celebrated. Well, they got their prayer as Ron did just that. Mike, on the other side of the issue, was labeled as the "anti porn crusader" -- a less favorable title than Ron's -- and was welcomed on stage by the studentry with boos, hisses, and heckles for trying to defend a long held belief that porn is unhealthy and addictive.

I wish I could say that it was a real debate, but it wasn't. It began with each debater sharing his stance and personal experience. Both were interesting because initially Ron did no want to be an adult film star. He only became one so as to pay the bills. While Mike eventually had pornography aid in the wrecking of his life. He became addicted to it, lost his job and nearly his life with it.

What followed next was the Q&A session, where students could ask either debater any question. The Q&A ended up being Ron giving quips to any question asked of him. He was less interested in answering questions as he was with making himself look good and winning over the crowd. In other words, you can't argue with Ron, because he doesn't argue. He ridicules, which is the only real tactic a person who can't defend their views can use.

The Q&A became more of a anything goes as Ron would not even let Mike respond to the questions specifically addressed to him. In general, the studentry was much less interested in being serious as they asked Question, nearly all were addressed to Ron, like "How big is it?", "Will you have sex with me?", and "How can I become a porn star?" Any real dialogue that was hopped to be made in this debate was thrown out the window the moment Ron came on stage. Ron even stooped to calling himself a "Master Debater," which received hordes of laughter from the nearly all male crowd.

I planned a carefully worded question for both debaters: "How does porn help in creating a healthy supportive environment for a family, specifically children?" After a quick quip about my question the audience erupted in laughter. The closest Ron came to giving a serious answer to my question is when he said "I don't know. I would help people have sex." As if sex is all that matters in a family. Mike's answer was much more straight forward. He said "it didn't."

Now anyone versed in knowledge of fallacies, debating, and arguing would have become enraged in by Ron's behavior. Ron sought the approval of the audience. He appealed to the masses to prove his point, where or not it was right. After all, the american mentality is that if the majority agree upon something then it must be right. If the majority agree with Ron then Ron is right (this is the fallacy of the appeal to popularity). Ron also appealed to the emotions of the audience through laughter. Perhaps his strongest technique was his appeal to ridicule. Ron's appeal to ridicule encompased many other fallacies: appeal to popularity, appeal to emotions, appeal to flattery (yes Ron flattered the audience), and even reductio ad absurdum. There were many others, but in short, Ron's whole presence there was just one big fallacy.

3 comments:

Histor the Wise said...

Argument for porn:

Porn is fun.
Fun is good.
Porn is good.

Argument for me beating my brother with a paper clip:

Beating my brother with a paper clip is fun.
Fun is good.
BMBWPC is good.

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~ Brother Michael

Bill Reichart said...

check out www.PornFreedom.org for help and assistance in fighting pornography.

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