Legalize Prostitution – Not just about “me”

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So, occasionally, I have these discussions on Facebook that I just feel the need to share. This time a Facebook page I was on proposed that prostitution should be legal.

The Conversation

Matthew Edmund

It is a crime. It damages and demoralizes both men and women. It opens society to a whole host of problems. It takes advantage of desperation and depravity. Contrary to popular belief, the United States is meant to have government. Not all, overreaching government, but the Founding Fathers knew that people needed SOME authority and SOME governance.

This is one of those cases where the side effects FAR outweigh the benefits. Stable society needs a stable family structure. People should be encouraged to marry, have children, and raise them. Not simply because of moral reasons, but because studies have shown that the key to developed and contributing members of society often rests on a positive home life.

Allowing people to either cheat on their wives or avoid the intimacy required to develop a romantic relationship and avoid the commitment is NOT the way we produce a well-adjusted, upright society.

 

  •     Rick M – Because you have the right to tell someone how to live their life?
  •     Alex L –  Legalize bad decisions that do nothing but harm yourself!
  •     David P – legislate morality, Sharia Law reigns supreme!
  •     Matthew Edmund Except that they do harm more than yourself. They harm both individuals. They harm the fabric of our society (the family unit). They affect the cities they work. It increases the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (which increase mortality rates and lower fertility rates).We already legislate morality. Killing is a moral issue. Stealing is a moral issue. Speed limits. Zoning regulations. They all are for the better welfare of society as a whole.When you live in a Democratic Republic, each individual has the right to influence laws. You’re telling me that YOUR belief of morality supersedes mine because yours is allowing something inherently harmful. That’s just arrogance. You can’t tell me I’m wrong without committing the same offense you’re accusing me of.
  •     Christy C – Matthew, well said.
  •     Jay B -All laws are based on morality. They preserve the social fabric. If you want to live in an amoral, morally relativistic anarchy, please move. Matthew is correct.
  •     Paulio D – Sure let’s just rule what people can do with their own bodies.
  •     Shane R – Look up the Non Aggression Principle.
  •     David K – That’s like saying free speech is legal as long as I agree with everything you say. You’re just an authoritarian.
  •     Jessica B – You do realize that Benjamin Franklin was quite the wh*** monger, right?
  •     Matthew EdmundI love the comments about “Sharia Law” and “Legislating Morality”. I’m not basing my position on morality. I’m basing my decision on facts.

    •          Prostitution greatly increases exploitation of women and human trafficking.

    •         Transmission of sexually transmitted diseases significantly increases

    •         The men sleeping with prostitutes are also sleeping with other women, spreading the sexually transmitted diseases—including their wives who have no clue.

    •         The sex industry in-general damages the family unit.

    •         Research has shown that children with one mother and one father are far more stable and successful (in-general)

    •         Divorce, in-general, lowers the lifespan of the divorcees. Children are more inclined to crime. They too will statistically have broken relationships in adulthood. Further adding to the destabilization. (I’m not proposing no divorce, just stating the results, which, is an issue of morality and fidelity).

    •         All of this adds up.You’re delusional to think that it’s “just their own body”. You live in a society. You interact with other people. Your decisions have consequences that go beyond you. You raise children (or abort, or abandon them). That adds up. You can pretend to live in this little relativistic bubble where nothing you individually do matters, but the reality is that it DOES matter. It hurts society as a whole. And that IS my business.

  •     Brian L –  In a LFC society, this profession would certainly be legal, to make it illegal violates individual rights.
  •     Matthew Edmund

    Says who? You’ve decided in your head that prostitution is an individual right…but on whose authority? Who determines what is and is not a right? Who grants those rights? How are they granted?I don’t know where you’re from, but here in the United States we’ve established that it’s the governments job to look out for “the general welfare” in the preamble of our Constitution.”We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

 

  1.          Prostitution leads to loss of liberty of the women forced and coerced to participate (which will happen, regardless of your laws.
  2.          Destabilization and undermining of societal structure is NOT in the General Welfare of The People.
  3.          The vast majority of The People have decided that prostitution is NOT a right and should be illegal.God’s Thoughts On Prostitution

Bible’s Stance on Prostitution

Most of these verses were referenced by this article on GotQuestions.org. I am repeating them here in the Amplified for clarity, but encourage you to look at that article should you have anymore questions.

First, we start with Proverbs 23:27-28 (AMP)

27 For a harlot is a deep ditch, and a loose woman is a narrow pit.

28 She also lies in wait as a robber or as one waits for prey, and she increases the treacherous among men.

And even more thoroughly in 1 Corinthians 6:12-17 (NIV)

12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

The Bottom-line of Prostitution

Or really of any sin, is that it’s sin for a reason. God does not arbitrarily make laws. His goal isn’t to “take away our fun” but protect us from things that He knows are ultimately destructive.

Prostitution is not a thing that exists inside a bubble. It pollutes and corrupts all involved and the society that accepts it. It destabilizes and damages the basic structure of human interaction: our relationships. As Christians, we need to remember that God’s laws are supreme, but also there are reasons behind them. There is nothing wrong about making an argument based on logic and reason. We just need to make sure that the reasoning is subservient to God’s Word and not the other way around.

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