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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Better Bibles Blog shares host with porn purveyors

Shocking headline, isn't it?!? But it's true. Blogger is one of the worst sites on the web for publishing filth. You might not realize that right next door to BBB are all sorts of salacious sites. Should that bring down Wayne and the founders of this blog? I don't think so. It's an uncomfortable truth of the Internet that squeaky clean blogs like this one share the turf with a lot of trash. We as the readers are invited to use discernment and discretion (they're not the same thing) and monitor our own viewing.

On Saturday I threw out a quick piece on my Lingamish blog about the American Bible Society's flub-up. According to reports, ABS hired an enterprise to handle its Web operations only to discover later (thanks to the NYT) that the company was also managing Internet porn sites. The whole fiasco raises a lot of questions but I for one am reluctant to cast stones at ABS on this one. Dig a little and you'll find dirt anywhere you look. We'll see in time if the ABS mucky-mucks made an honest mistake or turned a blind eye to the baddies. I'm rather more upset with the fact that the two honchos that were suspended were raking in a combined income of almost $1,000,000. Dude, I could really use some juice like that. I think I might have to send my resume to New York.

Here are lots of links on this affair:


World Mag

Christianity Today




At Sun Jun 15, 01:11:00 PM, Blogger Iyov said...

Well, as you suggest, there is blame to go around with the ABS leadership here, but the fact is that Brown does not incidentally handle porn -- it is his primary business.

From the New York Times:

Although Mr. Gordon has yoked together disparate endeavors that support pornography, the Bible, and prevention of animal abuse — all by marrying the universal purchasing power of credit cards to the respectability conveyed by slick Web sites — those familiar with his operations say his relationship with DTI remains the nexus of his enterprise.

There are no official numbers on the pornography industry. But those who have studied its operations view DTI as a pivotal player in the world of pornography. “DTI appears to rank in the top 1 percent of adult entertainment companies in the world,” said M. J. McMahon, publisher of AVN Online, an Internet news site covering the industry.

In contrast, Google (and Blogger) are simply service providers -- attacking them is a bit like attacking AT&T because of the existence of prurient 900 number services. And, I must say, Google and Blogger have gone to some length to make it easy to report offensive blogs, etc.

At Sun Jun 15, 02:48:00 PM, Blogger J. K. Gayle said...

One of my daughters and I were together just reading something in I Corinthians. It's hardly all "squeaky clean" in that letter of Paul to people who live in a city where the christians "share the turf with a lot of trash," and work on their own trash.

Still, we get your point. The separations should be absolute. Unfortunately, this stuff runs deep in people, who God is saving. Won't he help a few more?

At Tue Jun 17, 03:37:00 AM, Blogger Peter Kirk said...

I feel like posting something like this:

Shock horror! Bible translators and pastors share world with porn purveyors

A spokesman for (you supply the name) said: "These Bible translators and pastors are hypocrites for remaining in a world which is so full of filth and moral degradation. They should immediately depart from this world for a holier place." When asked whether he was calling from that holier place, the spokesman immediately put the phone down.


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