Southern Baptists’ Anti-Pornography Campaign Asks Starbucks and McDonald’s to Filter WiFi


A campaign requesting that McDonald’s and Starbucks implement pornography filters in conjunction with their free Wi-Fi service at U.S. locations is “righteous” and should receive enthusiastic support from “people of faith,” a leader of Southern Baptists’ anti-pornography initiative told Baptist Press.

“If these two businesses decide to block pornography from their free Wi-Fi, others would follow,” Jay Dennis, co-sponsor of the Join One Million Men campaign, said in written comments. “Christians must keep in mind as we approach these companies to be kind, gracious, yet firm in our resolve. Once these businesses understand that making this move is good for business, I think they will act accordingly; at least I hope they would.”

Launched at the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston, Join One Million Men is seeking commitments from 1 million men to live pornography-free lives. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the Woman’s Missionary Union sponsored the initiative along with Dennis, pastor of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla.

Meanwhile a survey conducted by the Barna Group of 388 self-identified Christian men found that more than three-quarters (77 percent) of the respondents ages 18-30 reported viewing pornography at least monthly. The survey also found that 77 percent of respondents ages 31-49 reported looking at pornography at work during the past three months.

The campaign to institute porn filters at McDonald’s and Starbucks was launched Oct. 3 by Enough Is Enough, a nonprofit organization aimed at making the Internet safer for children and families. The EIE campaign is the first phase of a larger “Porn Free Wi-Fi” initiative.

Such an initiative is necessary in part because of news reports that registered sex offenders have been caught viewing pornography and child pornography at McDonald’s in children’s play areas, according to a news release from EIE. A filter also would prevent teens from bypassing parental controls on their wireless devices to view pornography in public Wi-Fi hotspots — something “conscientious and tech-savvy youth can easily” do, the release said.

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Source: Baptist Press | David Roach

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