Churches Intensify Campaign Against TopTV Porn Plans

Gateway News:

Senior Christian leaders who met in Pretoria yesterday (July 31, 2013) say that if ailing pay-TV provider TopTV goes ahead with its plans to launch three pornography channels they will intensify a nationwide boycott of the broadcaster and its supporters.

TopTV hopes that the addition of the porn channels, which was approved by broadcasting regulator ICASA in April 2013, will help to save the business. The porn launch is being held up by the business rescue process which includes negotiations with Chinese broadcaster and prospective shareholder StarTimes.

In a statement released after yesterday’s meeting, the Christian leaders say research overwhelmingly indicates that easy access to pornography – whether on the internet or television – is harmful to women and children and destructive to marriage and families.

“As a result, the undersigned Christian leaders and its affiliate organisations in South Africa reiterate our commitment to the nationwide boycott of TopTV, its advertisers, sponsors and retail partners,” says the statement.

The church leaders say they will immediately cancel the boycott if TopTV scraps its porn plans and commits to providing family-friendly content.

Spiralling rates of rape, sexual violence
“The Christian Church is tragically aware of the spiralling rates of rape and other forms of sexual violence and abuse of women and children in South Africa. We are therefore horrified that a government agency like ICASA would provide a failed business a license to broadcast three hard-core pornographic channels in a nation where a woman or child is raped or sexually abused every few minutes,” say the Christian leaders.

The statement cites a media report that records rapes of elderly women in various parts of SA and reports an expert opinion that rape of the elderly is on the increase.

“We are extremely concerned about governments failure to effectively combat the widespread abuse of women, children and the elderly in South Africa. The South African Government’s indirect condoning of the broadcast of hard-core pornography on television, coupled with its failure to significantly reduce sexual crimes, makes South Africa one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women, children and the elderly to live. We ask why, when governments like that of Great Britain are introducing legislation to restrict access to pornography on the Internet, our government insists on liberalising an already liberal broadcasting regime.

“We, the undersigned, as Christian leaders in South Africa, call on our government to fulfil its constitutional obligations to restore the safety and dignity of women, children and the elderly in SA by urgently amending the Broadcasting Act to prohibit all forms of pornography on South African television. We further encourage government to install filters on the internet at tier-one level to block all sexually explicit content entering the country. This measure will serve to protect vulnerable children from being exposed to hard-core pornography on the internet, including adults being harassed by unwanted guerrilla marketing tactics by unscrupulous porn merchants,” concludes the statement.

The statement is signed by:

The Apostolic Faith Mission of SA (AFM/AGS) – Rev Isak Burger (President)
The Assemblies of God of SA (AOG) – Rev Ernest Hlophe (General Secretary)
The Baptist Union of SA – Rev Angelo Scheepers (General Secretary)
The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference – Archbishop Stephen Brislin(President)
Church of England in SA (CESA) – Rev Desmond Inglesby (Presiding Bishop)
The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) – Rev Braam Hanekom (Moderator)
The Full Gospel Church of SA – Rev Anton van Deventer (Moderator)
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa – Rev Ziphozihle Siwa (Presiding Bishop)
The Evangelical Alliance of SA – (TEASA) – Rev Moss Ntlha (Secretary General)
The Association of Vineyard Churches in SA – Rev Costa Mitchell (National Director)
Christian Family Church SA – Rev Johnny Slabbert (COO)
His People Christian Churches SA – Rev Gilian Davids
Shofar Churches SA – Rev Fred May
Family Policy Institute – Errol Naidoo (Founder and Director).

5 thoughts on “Churches Intensify Campaign Against TopTV Porn Plans

  1. How wonderful to see the DRC and the Catholic Church as signatories. When I was a youngster in South Africa, there were three gevaars (dangers)..the Rooi gevaar ( comunism ), swart gevaar ( the black majority) and the Romse Gevaar ( the menance of Roman Catholicism)…

    I note the Church of England in South Africa is on but not the official Anglican Province. CESA has fruit juice commiunion services, no womens ordination and a revised prayer Book stripped of baptismal regeneration and the word Catholic.

    • Oh RW, so you are or were a S. African, that explains your nasty shift away, now that you have chosen Rome! Traditional converts burn-out, or go crazy somewhat.. or sometimes return; since Vatican II I have seen it often! 😉 I have seen a recent English Catholic convert, actually return to Lutheranism. He said, he lost his “freedom” in Roman Catholicism! We used to call it Roman fever back in my time, as a cradle Irish RC.

      • And too btw, I am not seeking to pick on the true Roman Catholic convert, indeed they exist. But overt Traditional Catholicism is actually almost dead today! I lived through that time, and today most who think they are “traditional” Catholics, are simply not! For the most part, todays Catholics are somewhat cafeteria-style, if not theologically, then in practice, even many of the so-called traditionalists. This has been my experience anyway. Note, I get several every month, former Catholics (mostly converts, but some cradle) who come to my monthly Eucharist at the hospital. Sadly many former Catholics say they are badly wounded, by the RCC, and the RCC doctrine! I know too many sadly!

  2. I am not a South African ( only lived there), and i was born in Wales.

    Your psychological profile is poor as well. I have been a Catholic for 22 years and every day has convinced me that my response to God’s grace in conversion , was the best thing that ever happened to me.

    Sometimes people have unfortunate experiences, because of personalities, but usually I find ex Catholics are part of the Judas syndrome. ” he said this because he was stealing from the purse. ”

    Good to see you using your more mature picture now!

    • 22 years ago, I was 41 (my first son was born when I was 40). And certainly the way the word “conversion” is used by the Roman Church ecclesiastically, is simply not biblical!

      I am simply amazed by your statement “I find ex Catholics are part of the Judas syndrome”, just what that is? Is quite beyond this old theolog, since actually there was simply NO ONE like Judas in the whole of Revelation in Holy Scripture, noting John 17: 12, with Matt.26;24, where Jesus Himself says: “The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.” (NKJV) These verses (with Mk. 14: 21), really bring us close to the Augustinian and the “neo-Calvinist” positions! And actually I used to know some Catholic Augustinian’s (the Catholic Order) who were very close here also (theses are now before the Lord).

      Btw, indeed maturity is actually something we only really accrue by the Grace of God! It really has nothing to do with just age, though it is quite sad to see older people who have missed the great grace and maturity of God. So indeed let us all who name the name of Christ, seek God’s grace to maturity!

      And thank God this Grace surely includes more people than just Roman Catholics!

      Off to celebrate the Holy Eucharist!

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