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(LifeSiteNews) – Earlier this week, I noted in a column that for the first time in years, digital porn giants are under fire — and teetering. That isn’t the only good news in the escalating war on porn. Public recognition of porn’s dangers is growing. Consider this news out of the United Kingdom:

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has pledged to crack down on porn sites and other adult-only services to ensure they are taking steps, such as verifying users’ ages, to prevent children’s access, the regulator said Friday. The new enforcement plans are a reversal for the ICO, which had previously maintained that services aimed at adults weren’t subject to the Children’s Code or Age Appropriate Design Code, a set of rules that guide how the UK Data Protection Act should be applied to digital services for children…Companies that break the rules can face fines of as much as 4% of annual global revenue.

Four companies are already being investigated by the regulator and other nine are being audited. Millions of minors regularly visit Pornhub and xHamster, creating addictions that drive them back to these digital caverns over and over again. If Pornhub — which is already reeling from scandal — and other major porn sites are actually forced to verify age and can be held accountable when they don’t, it will be a massive blow. It remains to be seen, of course, that this will be the case — but this is certainly a step in the right direction.

What is even more interesting is the fact that the elites — the very folks who lived and lauded the sexual revolution — are beginning to recognize that porn is poison in the cultural groundwater. A couple of years ago, Bill Maher — yes, the comedian who was famously friends with Hugh Hefner — decried digital porn as “rapey” and dangerous for kids. This past weekend, he and the panel guests on his HBO show discussed porn again. Wynton Marsalis, an American jazz musician and teacher at the Lincoln Center, noted that when he asked his students what the biggest difference between their generations was, they didn’t hesitate: “Pornography.”

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UPDATE (26th January 2023):

Enoch Burke is facing severe fines of €5000 per week if he backs down in his stand for the truth about gender ideology.

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Burke is facing a daily fine of €700 if he does not obey a court order barring him from attending the school he was fired from. 

Having spent 108 days in jail last year for his refusal to abide by the court order, he was officially fired last week by the Church of Ireland (Anglican) Wilson’s Hospital School in Co. Westmeath, Ireland. 

Responding to High Court Justice Brian O’Moore’s decision to fine the teacher €700 per day from Friday unless purges his contempt of the court order, Burke told reporters that the judge “wants to fine me for the profession of my religious beliefs.” 

“What has become of us as a nation, to fine somebody for their religious beliefs?,” Burke asked. “We’re at a time in this country where people are at their wit’s end, with the cost of everything as we know...and Brian O’Moore, a judge of the High Court, has sat down and said to himself that not only will you have to pay for all those things, but you now have to pay for your religious belief.”  

“He’ll make you a pauper for the profession of your religious belief,” Burke added.  

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The teacher declined to answer questions on whether he would continue to attend the school and face significant fines, or purge his contempt of court.  

An Evangelical Christian who taught German, history and politics at the school for four years, Burke has consistently maintained that to use transgender pronouns would violate his religious beliefs and that his subsequent suspension by the school, and the court orders against him, were therefore unjust. 

Jailed on September 5, 2022, Mr. Justice Brian O’Moore released Burke on December 21st, despite the teacher’s unwillingness to purge his contempt of the court order barring him from the school’s property. 

Mr. Justice O’Moore said today that he hoped the prospect of paying almost €5000 in fines every week would “end his (Burke’s) utterly pointless attendance at a school which does not want him on its property”. 

The judge warned however that the fines could be increased if they do not have the desired effect.  

Burke was fired by the school last Friday and has shown up at the school grounds for work each day this week, despite being arrested and released on Tuesday. 

He has until 2pm GMT on Friday to officially purge his contempt before the court or the €700 daily fines will begin to be applied. 

Mr. Justice O’Moore admitted today that it was not “immediately attractive” to jail the Christian conscientious objector again as he theorized that Burke had exploited media attention surrounding his imprisonment last year for his own ends, while the judge also considered the schools suggestion to sequester the teacher’s assets to be futile. 

Prior to his imprisonment, Burke told the High Court that “transgenderism is against my Christian belief.” 

“It is contrary to the Scriptures, contrary to the ethos of the Church of Ireland and of my school,” the teacher added. “I love my school, with its motto Res Non Verba, actions not words, but I am here today because I said I would not call a boy a girl.” 

“It is insanity that I will be led from this courtroom to a place of incarceration, but I will not give up my Christian beliefs,” he insisted. 

Burke also promised Mr. Justice Max Barrett on September 7th that he would “never leave Mountjoy Prison if in leaving that prison I must violate my well-informed conscience and my religious beliefs and deny my God. I consider it commendable that I chose to obey God rather than man.”

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Irish teacher Enoch Burke has been arrested and jailed after refusing to use a transgender student's preferred pronoun, "they", in the classroom.

This insane step by Irish authorities must be called out for what it is: the unhinged intimidation of an educator by demented ideologues.

Please add your name to our urgent message to the High Court today.

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Burke was suspended by his school for refusing to use the transgender pronouns of a student, even confronting his principal about the irrationality of the situation, and defying a subsequent court injunction barring him from performing his teaching duties.

He is now in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin after being brought before a judge on 5 September who found Burke to be in contempt of the injunction by attending work after his suspension.

Burke, who told the High Court “I am here today because I would not call a boy a girl”, made clear that he would not abide by the injunction because it would violate his conscience as a Christian.

“Were I to obey the order of the board of management and the order of the court, I would have to accept that sticking by my belief in male and female is wrong,” he said. “It is not something I will do. It is in violation of my conscience."

“Were I to go into the school and bow to something I know to be manifestly wrong, it would be a shame and a disgrace on my part,” he added.

This defiant attitude has now prompted Burke's arrest and imprisonment in an Orwellian debacle that should send warning signals to the watching world.

Mr. Justice Burke ordered Burke be "committed to Mountjoy Prison and remain therein until he purges his contempt or until further order of this court.”

Defending himself, Burke replied: “I cannot purge my contempt by holding my Christian beliefs in contempt."

Burke hugged his father and brother before being taken away by Gardaí to Mountjoy Prison.

Please share this petition with as many people as possible - it's clear that leftists will not tolerate dissent on this absurd issue unless we all push back.

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“I could not agree more,” Maher replied. “Whoever told you this about porn is onto something…and is one reason [men] are in crisis…now a ten-year-old can see [vile porn category] on the Internet.”

Scott Galloway, a clinical professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business, who researches the impact of the digital age on culture, responded: “We are engaged in the largest unsupervised experiment of young men in history, and it’s porn. The problem beyond creating unrealistic expectations of what it means to be in a relationship with a woman, it quite frankly takes your mojo to get out of the house and meet someone and develop the skills to actually have your own sex — it takes that away. Stop the porn. Get out.”

There’s plenty the guests said that I disagree with. Maher stated that Playboy is “benign” — I see it as the beginning of a continuum that has brought us to this place, and morally wrong to boot. Galloway would like men to get out and “make their own bad porn,” which would be replacing one wrong with another. But the fact that on an HBO show hosted by a famously promiscuous bachelor, a discussion on how porn is poisoning and destroying young men can take place—this is an indication of two things. First, the Overton Window on porn’s harms is visibly shifting. And second: things are now so bad that even those who heartily welcomed the sexual revolution and lived it to the fullest can no longer deny the damage it has caused.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.

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