Pro-Family / Anti-Porn Campaign Against Video Chain Heats Up

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By Rusty Pugh

(AgapePress) - A coalition of pro-family groups is staging a demonstration against a national video rental chain, in opposition to the company's stance on hard-core pornography.

The American Family Association, along with several other pro-family groups, is conducting a campaign to persuade Move Gallery to remove hard-core pornographic movies from their stores. AFA Special Project Coordinator Randy Sharp says the pro-family groups will meet in front of Move Gallery's headquarters in Dothan, Alabama, on Friday, December 8, to show the company that there is a groundswell of support for a national boycott if the company refuses to remove the pornography.

Sharp says that Movie Gallery claims they're being responsible by putting the hard-core material in a back room, but he disputes that claim.

"What we're finding and what we're hearing from mothers all across America is that children are finding their way into these back rooms and the parents are having to go in there and pull them out," Sharp says. "The sad fact is that these children--some as young as three years old, we've heard up to ten years old--have lost their innocence. Their minds have been impregnated with hard-core pornography."

Sharp says Movie Gallery is not concerned with children, only with profits.

"Evidently Movie Gallery says, 'We don't care about families, we don't care about what happens to children's minds, all we care about is making this material available to anyone who wants it.' That includes child molesters, pedophiles, rapists, and those addicted to pornography," Sharp says.

"Movie Gallery is in it for the money. If they really cared about communities and community standards, they would pull it out."

Sharp says Movie Gallery claims they are only supplying a product for which there is a demand.

"For Movie Gallery to say, 'Well, that's what the people want, so we make it available to them'...that's drug-dealer logic," he says.

The pro-family groups plan to meet in front of Movie Gallery headquarters in Dothan at noon on December 8.

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