WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention has frequently expressed alarm about the consequences of pornography upon the moral, family, and social life of our nation and the dramatic rise in the availability of pornography; and
WHEREAS, New applications of media technology have produced new opportunities for obscene communication through media such as "Dial-A-Porn", cable television and various obscene video cassettes; and
by President Gordon B. Hinckley
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
The abuse of a child awakens in us an intensity and breadth of emotion that is beyond adequate expression. Perhaps this crime moves us so personally because we remember what it was like to hold our own children for the first time — the overwhelming feeling of love and the deepest parental instinct to nourish, teach and protect. It is shocking, almost inconceivable, that someone would hurt a child. It is the ultimate form of betrayal.
Adopted by the 115th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
The CCAR views with deep anguish increasing evidence of the rise of child abuse, and especially child sexual abuse, in this country. The physical suffering and the psychological scars resulting from these criminal acts will have tragic impact on this generation and on generations yet to come. We are most sympathetic for these abused children, who are often victimized by the act and by doubts of the legitimacy of their testimony.
Recognizing the inalienable rights of freedom of thought and expression inherent in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that has enabled all American citizens to strive for, and often reach, the fulfillment of their human potential, the Central Conference of American Rabbis nevertheless declares its abhorrence and outrage at the almost epidemic proportions of child abuse experienced by so many of America’s children at the hands of their parents, guardians and others who would exploit them physically, sexually and commercially.
WHEREAS, all persons were created by God in the divine image, and human sexuality is a
gracious gift of God;
WHEREAS, our baptism into the family of God calls us to stand firmly and pastorally against
all forms of abuse and to respect and empower our brothers and sisters in Christ;
WHEREAS, sexual violence of many kinds is widespread in our society (including sexual
harassment on the job, rape and sexual assault, incest, and child sexual abuse), and experts
estimate that two-fifths of working women experience sexual harassment, two-fifths of all
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publications, financial figures, etc., may be out of date.
Please refer to www.elca.org/safeplace for the most current information.
…The committee notes that a major section of the Ethics in Ministry Relations paper is devoted to dealing with sexual improprieties on the part of the clergy. The investigation and discipline in such cases are an assigned responsibility of the district, which is charged with the oversight of licensed and ordained ministers. But charges of sexual improprieties are not lodged exclusively against the clergy. There are incidents of harassment and other sexual misconduct involving lay workers and members, as well.