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BANGKOK, Thailand, November 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Under Thailand’s new cybercrime law, Pornhub, along with 190 other porn sites and gambling sites, have been blocked so that citizens can no longer access them.

Puttipong Punnakanta, the country’s Minister of Digital Economy and Society, explained to reporters on November 3 that, under the country's Computer Crime Act, pornography is illegal. 

The Diplomat reported that “The move comes just days after the kingdom’s Deputy Prime Minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, issued a new policy directive calling on the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society to act against sites that caused ‘improper behavior’ among the younger generation.”

In response, some citizens of Thailand have taken to the streets and to Twitter using the #SavePornhub and #HornyPower hashtags. 
Thailand was listed “in the top 20 for daily traffic to Pornhub in 2019 and has a globally-known sex industry,” reported Sky News

Although prostitution is illegal, it is not enforced. Thailand is known as a sex tourism destination. Life in the sex industry pays the bills for many people. The new online ban, some say, is censorship and government control that should be stopped. An activist group called Anonymous Party posted a statement online saying, “We want to reclaim Pornhub. People are entitled to choices.”

Others are speculating the government has other reasons for the ban. Allegedly, one of them could be a way of halting the spread of a video compromising royal officials that has been circulating. 

The Manushya Foundation, founded in 2017 by Emilie Palamy Pradichit, is leading the fight against the porn ban in Thailand.  The foundation posted a litany of complaints against the “digital dictatorship,” including having too much power to decide what is obscene and inappropriate, for making sex taboo, and for being too conservative. The organization thinks consenting adults should be free to engage in porn. 

Manushya purports to be a “women-led & innovative non-profit organization promoting community empowerment to advance the human rights.” They boast “peoples over profit” as part of their mission. Although if that is the case, it is not clear why they would take issue with an online pornography ban when porn is considered responsible for innumerable violations of human rights. 

According to a published study by the European Centre for Law and Justice, “Pornography is on many aspects incompatible with the protection of human rights. The production and dissemination of pornographic content first represents a severe violation of porn actors’ human rights: it violates their dignity by portraying – and actually being – degrading and cruel treatments. Pornography also threatens on a greater scale the security and the well-being of children, women and men in the entire society.”

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Remarks attributed to Pope Francis (and, not denied by the Vatican) in support of homosexual civil unions have caused grave scandal to the faithful.

Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks Pope Francis to clarify and rectify these heterodox and scandalous remarks on homosexual civil unions, and which will be delivered both to the Vatican and to the Papal Nuncio of the United States (the Pope's official representative in the U.S.).

As the last guarantor of the Faith, the Pope should clarify and rectify these remarks, which go against the perennial teaching of the Church, even including the teaching of his living predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

"What we have to create is a law of civil coexistence [meaning civil union law, for homosexuals]...," Pope Francis is reported to have remarked, in what is arguably his clearest statement of public support for a practice morally prohibited by official Catholic Church teaching.

In fact, the Church has been crystal clear in Her opposition to homosexual unions.

Just in 2003, Pope Saint John Paul II approved a document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, titled 'Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons' and written by Cardinal Ratzinger (now, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), which concludes with the following:

"The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions. The common good requires that laws recognize, promote and protect marriage as the basis of the family, the primary unit of society. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behaviour, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself."

It could not be more clear: the Church is calling people to repentance, not to be left to indulge in grave sin.

Since becoming public, several senior prelates as well as other notable Catholic figures have voiced their opposition to these remarks attributed to the Pontiff.

Cardinal Raymond Burke stated: "It is a source of deepest sadness and pressing pastoral concern that the private opinions reported with so much emphasis by the press and attributed to Pope Francis do not correspond to the constant teaching of the Church, as it is expressed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition."

Cardinal Gerhard Müller commented: "Where there is tension between the plain and obvious Word of God and the infallible interpretation on the one hand, and private expressions of opinion even by the highest church authorities on the other, the principle always applies: in dubio pro DEO [When in doubt, be in favor of God]."

And, Catholic theologian and apologist Scott Hahn, without directly quoting Pope Francis, shared on Facebook the 'Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,' published by the CDF in 1986, with the statement: "Holy Father, respectfully and humbly, I beg to differ... if that is indeed what you said. In any case, please clarify and rectify your statement, especially in view of the official teaching of our Lord through the magisterium of His Church."

But, the silence from the Vatican has been deafening, with no clarification forthcoming.

We must, therefore, ask the Pope for clarification in this serious matter.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks Pope Francis to clarify and rectify remarks attributed to him in support of homosexual civil unions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Cdl. Burke: Pope’s homosexual civil union remarks ‘contrary’ to Scripture, Tradition' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/cardinal-burke-on-popes-homosexual-civil-union-remarks-contrary-to-the-teaching-of-sacred-scripture-and-sacred-tradition

'Cardinal says Catholics ‘can and should’ disagree with Pope’s ‘opinion’ on gay civil unions' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/cdl.mueller-popes-words-on-gay-civil-unions-purely-private-expression-of-opinion-which-every-catholic-can-and-should-freely-contradict

'Archbishop Vigano, Bishops Tobin and Strickland respond to Pope’s approval of homosexual civil unions' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/archbishop-vigano-and-bishops-tobin-strickland-respond-to-popes-approval-of-homosexual-civil-unions

'Pope’s comments on gay civil unions cause shockwaves around the world' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/deepest-sadness-cardinal-burke-condemns-pope-franciss-remarks-supporting-civil-unions

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