Christians to cancel TopTV over porn

2011-12-13 05:30

Johannesburg - Some Christian organisations plan to boycott TopTV after it announced it would launch 24-hour pornography channels next year, said the Family Policy Institute on Tuesday.

"The Christian denominations and church affiliations support the view that the broadcasting of hardcore pornography on television degrades and objectifies women and exposes children to harmful content," said the institute's director Errol Naidoo.

"Millions of Christians will be encouraged to join the mass boycott of TopTV by not paying their subscription fees and cancelling their contracts with the pay channel," he said.

TopTV's advertisers and sponsors would also be targeted by the boycott, said Naidoo.

About six Christian organisations have affiliated themselves with the boycott, including the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa and the Methodist Church of South Africa.

"Christian citizens are sick and tired of the moral decay in society. The sexual degradation of women and children fuelled by pornography contributes significantly to the rape and sexual abuse of women and children in South Africa," said Naidoo.

TopTV were not immediately available for comment.

Comments

  • Fran - 2011-12-13 16:34

    I am a Christian and I am aware of porn but I don't want it on my TV thanks no thanks.

      Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 17:19

      Don't like it . Don't watch it.

      Dakey - 2012-01-10 11:58

      @Gregory: Yes Greg, in a country where up to 25% of men in certain area have admitted to having comitted rape, it a brilliant idea to condition potential future criminals (12 year olds) how woman should be treated in bed. It is precisely in poorer social economic areas where parents can't be relied upon to prevent their kids from being exposed to this. How any man can honestly believe that watching porn is good for your relationship with your wife/girlfriend is beyond me. If you have to watch porn as an alternative to actually having sex, there is a problem.

      Polotic - 2012-01-16 12:46

      @Dakey - Do you think the people in "poorer social economic areas where parents can't be relied upon to prevent their kids being exposed to this" will be able to afford the stand alone channel at a cost of, I think, R199.00 per month? Also on what basis do you make such a statement? You do not give the parents in those areas much credit Obviously you have bigoted views and need to seek counseling with, I suggest Dr Eve, the well known sexologist.

  • Lawrence - 2011-12-13 17:29

    What are they going to do in the evenings instead? Have sex?

      jan.v.vuuren - 2011-12-13 17:59

      hell yea!!!

  • Dene-Paul - 2011-12-13 18:26

    Good Idea ban the crap - In a country full of rape and abuse where woman and children are the most vulnerable some people have the audacity to want to support and open up even further - the very thing (porn) that turns men into animals. For those who want to argue go and do some research into the matter and then (if you have a conscience) try still arguing for porn being so freely and readily avaliable. Yes its on the internet (and it should be better regulated) but that doesnt mean we have to make an already dangerous situation much worse than it is.

  • Kopraal SilverStar Mohloli - 2011-12-13 18:28

    OK

  • moby.quest - 2011-12-13 18:31

    OK, let me get this straight...you have to get an additional subscription (costing R99) to have access to the porn channel. That means it doesnt come standard with Top TV, correct? So if you dont subscribe, you dont have access to the porn!? If what I said above is accurate, then the members of these "Christian organizations" better get rid of their computers and internet subscriptions immediately, coz you get porn on the Internet as well. The same Internet you use for reading this website and checking your mail! Infact, some of the porn on the internet will make the Top TV porn look like soapie!

      martin.vandermerwe - 2011-12-14 11:41

      You need a separate decoder for this and R99 per month rental and sub fees, can't understand what the fuss is all about?

  • Peter - 2011-12-13 18:34

    Well its true that such Viewing can and will get into the wrong hands.Maybe a few cases.Is there anyway we could get each person/s to sign an accountability who wants this.? Any thoughts?

  • Chantelle - 2011-12-13 18:37

    avatar Chantelle - Just posted Report comment Why all this drama, if a person wants to subscribe to the porn channel let them; if you think it is a sin and save your kids of this "evil" then plain and simple- do not subscribe to the channel as it wont be free or will form part of a package. The people that want to watch it can pay extra. Personally I will not subscribe as I got kids :-) and need to protect them from the "evil" on TV.

  • dave.leverton - 2011-12-13 18:50

    To the morals police - everyone with half a brain knows that rape is an act of power not sex so kindly stop spreading myths. Secondly - if children are to be exposed to harmful content just whose fault is that ? Parents yes ? Finally, why are you not campaigning to prohibit all negative content on television - which would include any television that displays violence, the rape of our planet, corruption, racism, gluttony, profiteering - ie the daily news ! I do not wish to impose my values on you - I expect the same in return.

      Dirk - 2011-12-14 11:47

      Fred- Go for counselling, urgently

      arlette.rosa1 - 2012-01-10 08:26

      If the consequences of the Pornography on Top TV...produce or induce to rape and murdered I hope is not innocent people who surfer such horrible end...must be people like you...with out responsibilities and morals...Thanks for the input..Chantelle God bless your ignorance's..padheophilia is the most reason why they watch PORN...and you have children ...I hope they don't suffer your luck of morals and standards..if you get very angry with my response is just I heat the nerve

      arlette.rosa1 - 2012-01-10 08:30

      And why don't you do something about it...violence murder corruption...Can you do something and be part of the one's who make a differences ...not just by be cynical....Seat there and be one more of those who just take what so ever coming to you....make a differences be productive ..not destructive other wise just keep to yourself

  • Claude - 2011-12-13 19:16

    As a Christian I really don't see the harm in such things like a porn channel on the telly. It all boils down to how you as an individual bring your kids up. The morals and principles you instill within them. As top Tv subscriber it really wouldn't bother me to know that at the press of a button (may it be intentional or not) I can excess a porn channel/s. And as a Top Tv installer... Trust me... The rate at which Top Tv subscriptions are climbing, I doubt it that a few hypocrite happy clappy organizations will make a difference in profits gained. With all the other nonsense that these people can be attending to… They’d rather choose to bicker about something as minor as this. Try getting the prostitutes off the streets, try tackling the drug lords (that attend these churches) or try a retention campaign for all the souls that have lost their way to church.

  • mike.ndlovu - 2011-12-13 19:28

    Top tv introduced itself as embrasing christian values and now its changing its tune!

      Fred - 2011-12-14 04:29

      What on earth are Christian values? Those of the pope, pastor Ray, Beni Hinn PV Botha or Jeffrey Dahmer? Non religious people are moral because it's right. Religious people are "moral" otherwise their imaginary sky daddy won't let them into Happy Magic Fun Land after they die. But if they do do anything bad, no matter how horrendous, they can just say "I'm sorry" and it's all forgiven. Religion allows them to get away with anything without having to feel any real remorse for it. So religious people are more willing to be immoral "just this once" when they have to make a moral choice.

  • Andriette - 2011-12-13 19:45

    You can just choose not to watch it and block it with parental control. It is easier to control the TV this way than controlling what children look at over the internet and on their cell phones. I don't see anyone boycotting the internet and cell phones.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-13 20:21

    Oh wow.. Here we go with the Holier than thou attitude. I am a past attender of the East London Christian Centre, and once when Fiona Desfontaine gave her sermon `How I switched from being a Witch', one of the followers' sister - who was an Escort lady, asked if she could attend with us. After the service on the way home, she was having a giggle to herself and when we asked her why. her reply was: At least three of those men that were showing people to seats are clients of mine. Come on folks, stop being hypocrites. We know who you are... Christians, lawyers, judges, etc...

  • moby.quest - 2011-12-13 20:28

    Im not saying that I condone this channel. But my point is, almost every household has an internet connection. (And Im not even talking about today's children's cellphones). Compare that to the amount of Top TV subscribers. Now most computer anti-virus programs have parental control settings but how many people use it? Compare this to the amount of Top TV subscribers that will actually subscribe to the additional porn channel. And what are you left with? Bottom line is - People, especially children should be properly educated. If you have an internet connection for reading the news and checking your mails, then you pretty much have access to porn. If you have Top TV, you have to SUBSCRIBE and PAY MORE to get access to porn. IMHO, banning the Top TV porn channel wont solve the problem. But I do think that Top TV should at least implement a compulsory security passcode on that specific channel, just to block the 2 or 3 children that might stumble upon it.

      Prejudice Dumisani Ndebele - 2011-12-14 08:30

      I agree with this statement use of password can control porn from reaching the children

  • Ntiyiso Nkanyani - 2011-12-13 21:15

    they plan to boycott...BOYCOTT!!!!!!

  • Natalie - 2011-12-14 07:18

    I guess I can see why certain people would get upset about the whole porn thing, because they are not reading the article correctly and jumping to conclusions...the solution is...DON'T BUY THE DECODER! We live in a society where nudity, violence, abuse and and and, is part of our daily life, however in this instance you can choose to watch it or not. It's not Red Shoe Diaries that was broadcast "without" your permission and that you were "forced" to watch. Wonder if this would get more people to pay their TV license?

  • atomasicchio - 2011-12-14 07:26

    I must admit I worry that children might be subjected to porn programs. Yes you can control it at home, but who's to say they might not see it at a friend's house... At the end of the day that porn star is somebody's daughter and I never want my daughters to think that what's expected of real women!

  • Kenny - 2011-12-14 07:33

    I never really understood how people can sit for hours watching people having sex. Dont you feel dirty afterwards wasting precious time watching people bonk. I am sorry but porn never really made sense to me. I value my time and what i feed my mind.

  • Fredster - 2011-12-14 09:30

    Good I am glad

  • Peter - 2011-12-14 10:49

    If you have interest in porn you download it, thousands of south africans do it everyday, a couple more porn channels won't make a difference. Besides christians tend to cherry pick the bible to suit there own lifestyles...like those priests with the choir boys.

  • niziawessels - 2011-12-14 12:09

    Freedom of speech is one of our fundamental rights. what we choose to watch in the privacy of our own home, is our choice,South Africa already has one of the highest rape and abuse statistics in the world. Lets blame that on the soft porn on e-tv, shall we. IGNORANCE is the biggest problem.

  • brendon.hausberger - 2011-12-14 15:06

    So there provision of the service is bad, but not paying your subscriptions, which amounts to theft, is okay. Whether I agree with the provision of the channel or not, my recollection of the status of theft was a no-no under the 10 commandments. Cancel your subscriptions in protest by all means, but if you want to stop moral decay lets not promote theft!

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-12-14 16:47

    I am a religious person and all I can say is that the same rights that allow me to watch what I want and practice my religions of choice also allow others the same freedom, so I respect that. I do however take exception to the blanket bashing handed out by people here to all religious people as not all of us are fanatical but normal people.

  • Mickey - 2011-12-14 16:50

    While they're at it, can't they also make arrangements to get their brainwashing, happy clappy, rubbish off TV? The last thing I want to watch on TV on a Sunday morning is some fat hypocrite telling me I should belive in some magical man in the sky. I'd rather watch porn!

  • arlette.rosa1 - 2012-01-10 08:26

    I can't really believed they actually considered the possibility to launch a Pornography Channel in South Africa...The African people is all ready Over Sex..Rapes are every day and women..black women start to use sex as a criminal behavior...what else you need...Low IQ people Who is the super Morron in TopTv to even considered this Pornography to change the character of the South African uneducated ...This people will stop only when They daughters and wife sister and mothers ..they own family get rape and murder...I wish everything happen because your persistent in porno get back to you double...God Is True...you will pay by the Justices of God..no by the law of man

  • Dakey - 2012-01-10 12:17

    Is this really news? Any self respecting normal person (regardless of religion) would also oppose such a public medium for not only exploiting woman, but also influencing effectively the poorer masses (yes folk its TOPTV, not MNET). If you have a sister, wife, mother, even grandmother, you like every other South African male, hopefully fear for their safety and the thought they might return home 'another statistics'. Why on Earth would you want to encourage an already VIOLENT male population to watch more porn which only serves to encourange already dangerous criminals? How and why exactly were were so disgusted by the recent horrible abuse by child pornographers in Pretoria recently, yet we so vehemently defend porn the second a girl turns 18? Man up for goodness sakes and take responsibility for once. I can only hope you wouldn't want your own daughter to be used and abused day in and day out, so why would you want this to happen to someone else's daughter?

  • roodbol - 2012-01-16 12:17

    Yip, our family don't want it either! Marriages [and families] can ill-afford this sinful distraction. If the Muslims can stand together against porn and filthy TV - and they declare this with extreme gutso - then we, as Christians, can EXPECT our TV bosses to adhere to good moral values. Time we stand up against moral decay. It's not a request.

  • iiafrica - 2012-01-16 15:55

    @top tv - what are you thinking? surely we all know by now that media is the biggest form of conditioning a society.

  • JC - 2012-03-05 09:03

    Don't buy the SEPARATE offering - simple mindedness obviously don't get the clear facts that extra payment is required to watch such.

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