LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
By JOHN L. HARMER
Within forty-eight hours the memory of Destiny and the unspeakable horror that filled the last few minutes of her life began to fade. A month after her murder few people will be able to remember her name. A year after her murder almost no one will remember the event. This casualness by which our society reacts to the ongoing process of children being kidnapped, raped, and then murdered is one of the many incomprehensible factors in our culture today.
The murder and then post death rape of Destiny is a repeat of a sadomasochistic fantasy that appears frequently in pornographic materials. Police investigators have reported on thousands of actual cases in which a child, young girl or boy, teenager, or adult woman has been kidnapped, sexually tortured, and then ultimately murdered. In almost every single one of these situations a search of the culprit’s living space has revealed the presence of pornography in which the same crime was detailed.
We will likely learn that Destiny Norton’s fate was a re-enactment by the culprit of some deranged obscene fantasy found so often in the more extreme forms of pornography. If that proves to be the case, Destiny’s death will be one more statistic confirming that the repeated visual and mental consumption by the pornography addict ultimately overwhelms any remaining sense of humanity left within him. The only way that he can re-experience the reality of this sordid fantasy is to actually carry it out.
Every week the office of the Lighted Candle Society receives news items documenting the incredible increase in the volume of pedophilia or child pornography. Recent arrests for pandering in child pornography have included individuals from University Presidents to otherwise “respectable behaving” housewives. Obviously we applaud every effort stop the production and distribution of pornography using children. Yet, in this process we can see a mistake of the not too distant past being repeated again.
Federal and state law enforcement officials, anxious to appear committed to the cause of decency, have been very aggressive in seeking out and prosecuting those who produce and distribute child pornography. At the same time these officials have practically abandoned any effort to stem the tide of pornography being produced and distributed for adults. The existing laws forbidding the production and distribution of pornography are more than adequate. The problem is that the courts and the public through the influence of the media have been deceived by two totally erroneous assumptions: first, into accepting our current forms of pornography as “harmless entertainment;” second, that pornography has been made legal and that “…there is nothing that we can do about it.” Because of the prevalence of these two fallacious assumptions there is little discernable demand by the public for their elected officials to deal with this problem.
This assumption that adult pornography is an essentially “victimless” crime is tantamount to dancing on the graves of Destiny Norton and the thousands of her fellow victims. The progression in pornography addiction from sexually titillating slick magazines that can be purchased in any supermarket or news stand to the most extreme forms of hard core pornography has been documented in tens of thousands of instances. Several very authoritative studies have confirmed that for every obscene magazine or video purchased there are at least two to five individuals in addition to the original purchaser who will read or view it.
Years ago the emergence in cities throughout the country of so called “adult bookstores” took place as a result of laws enacted to protect children from access to pornography. The implicit legalizing of pornography for adults that these statutes and ordinances created produced a tidal wave of retail outlets for “adults” only. Now the Congress and state legislatures along with federal and state law enforcement officials are repeating the same tactical error by trumpeting their confrontation of the child pornography network. In reality they are allowing the production and distribution of pornography in general to go unhampered while they pander to the public through the media about their zeal in pursuing those who engage in the production and sale of child pornography.
There are approximately six hundred
thousand registered sex offenders in the
It was just over twenty years ago
that in the
In his apartment law enforcement
officials found hundreds of items of child pornography. But Arthur Gary Bishop did not begin his
journey into pornography addiction with that type of material. It began with the slick magazines that he
could purchase at a newsstand or obtain through the
Similar to the public reaction to
the murder of Destiny Norton, the public outrage over the revelation of Arthur
Gary Bishop’s hideous crimes was ballistic.
Yet, within a few short months it was forgotten except by the families
of his victims. Some sporadic legislative
efforts to improve the laws regarding obscenity in the state of
In addition to the crimes against
children such as Destiny Norton, the presence of pornography is a constant
factor involved in rape. There is a
clearly demonstrable correlation between the incidence of rape and the presence
of pornography in a community. The
Lighted Candle Society is preparing a report for future publication regarding
the fact that retail commercial establishments located in the two most populous
Consider the following comparison:
CITY: Forcible Rape per 100,000 Murder per 100,000
Among the five cities compared
What is it that makes the greater
Two woman’s magazine currently on
sale in stores throughout the Salt lake area had these two titles on their
front cover: “How to Cheat on your Man,”
The LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY was created to provide leadership in defeating the “Goliath of Hedonism” that has become so prevalent among the American people. Just as David of the Old Testament used “five smooth stones” as his weapons of choice to defeat the Goliath he faced, the LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY gives to its members FIVE SMOOTH STONES by which they can engage in the battle to defeat the Goliath of perversion and death that has arisen out of the darkness of pornography.
We know that there are thousands, even tens of thousands, of honorable people in this land who will be willing to SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY if they only knew about it. You can become a modern David in the battle against the Goliath of our day by arming yourself and using the FIVE SMOOTH STONES of THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY.
We are grateful for the generosity of many donors who understand the mission of the Lighted Candle Society. For everyone that is doing the most they can to support our work there are thousands who remain either uninformed or passive about making any commitment. On our web site we have outlined various ways in which anyone, from the most humble to the most opulent, can participate with us in this war we will win.
We appeal to you to:
1. Make your own personal commitment of personal and financial support to the Lighted Candle Society.
2. Share this newsletter with as many people as you know who would be willing to join with you in this cause. If you wish to electronically distribute this newsletter you can either take it off of our web site or contact our office with your e-mail address and we will forward it to you electronically.
3. Provide to us the names and addresses (or e-mail addresses) of those who you believe would be willing and able to join with you in supporting our cause.
4. Purchase and distribute to others the materials that have been prepared by the Lighted Candle Society. You will find these materials described on our web site.
WE CAN WIN THIS WAR. WE WILL WIN THIS WAR WHEN THE THOUSANDS WHO ARE NOW PASSIVE BECOME ENLISTED IN THE CAUSE.