In a previous post, I mentioned a new emphasis on the importance of using digital media to educate as well as to mobilize, for an educated people will lack the motivation to mobilize and take action. So I, and we at The Family Foundation, are taking every opportunity from now on to highly encourage our readers to participate in various high level and free webcast lectures to fully arm yourselves on key issues of the day. The more informed you become, the more people you can influence. This Wednesday, July 17, from noon to 1:00, the Family Research Council presents "Porn in the Dorm: The Impact of Pornography on College Campus Life," part of its renown Family Policy Lecture series (see the previous one I recommended).

Family Research Council and The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education are partnering for this presentation and invite you to watch Dr. Patrick F. Fagan speak on the impact of pornography on college campus life (click here to register). Dr. Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, which examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community and America's social problems, as illustrated in the social science data. The Center, a division of The Cardinal Newman Society, collaborates with Catholic colleges and universities to share, formulate, recommend, and promote policies and programs that support and strengthen Catholic identity. This presentation is part of a series of initiatives offered to Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide.

According to FRC:

Rather than learning how to relate to the opposite sex and appropriately enjoy the male-female relationship at its many different levels, pornography leads the viewer into a fantasy world he aspires to but that does not exist. The images are produced through business practices that exploit young women and, for them, often results in serious depression, addiction, alienation from loved ones and sexually transmitted infections. Many are caught in the web of sex trafficking run by organized crime.

With such a base in reality it is no wonder the effects on the viewers are also debilitating: less capacity for relationships with the opposite sex, more likely to view more debasing forms of pornography, more likely to use on-line chat rooms, and more likely to be unfaithful to spouses. Pornography distorts normal sexuality. While it exploits the sexual nature of man it also undermines it.

Pornography is the enemy of marriage and family life and of loving marital relations. Click here to register for the Family Policy webcast lecture.

Dr. Fagan and The Institute have a particular emphasis on the relationship between marital stability coupled with the practice of religion and their joint impact on our social infrastructure (issues such as happiness, health, mental health and general well being, income and savings, educational attainment and family stability as well as such negative outcomes as poverty, crime, abuse, and drug addiction). A native of Ireland, Fagan earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree with a double major in sociology and social administration, and a professional graduate degree in psychology, as well as a Ph.D. from University College Dublin.

Dr. Fagan started his career as a grade school teacher in Cork, Ireland, then returned to college to become a psychologist, going to Canada to practice then to Washington, D.C., to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In 1984, he moved from the clinical world into the public policy arena to work on family issues at the Free Congress Foundation. After that he worked for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, then was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by President George H.W. Bush, before spending the next thirteen years at the Heritage Foundation where he was a senior fellow.

This promises to be another excellent lecture. Please take the opportunity to watch it live or find it archived later, and to spread the word about it. As a heads up, the college theme continues on August 14 with a lecture entitled, "Is College Worth It?" with David Wilezol, Associate Producer of Bill Bennett's Morning in America show. Click here for advance information on it and to register.