With this letter, we, the hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, wish to share with you some disturbing observations concerning the destruction of many lives in our nation, as explicit sexual content becomes increasingly available through a variety of technologies.
[the 204th General Assembly (1992):]
4. Affirm[s] that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) stands opposed to both pornography and censorship and that it encourages Presbyterians to participate in organizations committed to protecting First Amendment rights, as outlined in Pornography: Far From the Song of Songs. (It is the finding of this report that Presbyterians should oppose pornography as defined by the report and support constitutional protection of free speech. Presbyterians may well oppose a form of expression while supporting the freedom to express.)
5. Affirm that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) stands opposed to both pornography and censorship and encourages Presbyterians to participate in organizations committed to protecting First Amendment rights, as outlined in this report.
8. Encourage Presbyterians to offer support and counsel to persons who believe they have been victimized in any way by pornography and to communicate with members of Congress in support of Pornography Victims Protection legislation . . .
Therefore, the 196th General Assembly (1984):
1. Directs the Stated Clerk to notify the President of the United States that it is the desire of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to have the laws related to obscenity enforced by the U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Attorneys, the U.S. Postal Service, the Commerce Department, and the Customs Department, and that the PCUSA is supportive of current efforts to include obscenity under the R.I.C.O. Statutes. (R.I.C.O. Statutes: Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Statues currently cover obscenity. . . .)
The 189th General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America does hereby resolve to take a public stand against the use of pornography and violence in the media and to reinforce the dignity of human beings, and thereby strengthen the Christian faith. . . .
1993 Statement – PC(USA), p. 884
1992 Statement – PC(USA), p. 718
1988 Statement – PC(USA), p. 685
1984 Statement – PC(USA), p. 64
Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior A Social Statement of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor church body of the ELCA (1980): Expressing Concerns Through Law
1. Laws express society’s recognition that sexual behavior affects not only the participants but also the health, strength, and survival of the society itself. Christians must beware, however, of equating sin with crime. Nor dare they accept the proposition that because behavior is not against the law it therefore must be acceptable. Their concern must be for laws that foster justice, mercy, equality of opportunity, and the protection of basic human rights.