'Christians' in South Africa have resorted to claims that pornography
leads to rape and murder in their efforts to close a sex shop in Somerset West. The 120 prudes admit that the shop is perfectly legal, but still want to close down the business, which is tucked away in an industrial area. Other claims are that pornography is being passed around among local children. The shop, Adult World, has 24 hour surveillance and strict proof-of-age requirements and Arthur Calamaras, owner of the chain, notes that they cannot be held responsible if customers are not careful with their purchases.
At a protest meeting in a Baptist church, Pastor Peter Hammond of African Christian Action quoted 'feminist' sources to justify his claims that pornography was an insatiable cancer, stalking and devouring with ever-increasing appetite.
The more one ingests, the greater the lust for more, when he said
Pornography is the theory, rape is the practice.
Hammond said when the Film and Publications Act was passed in 1996 it legalised pornography and made it possible for child abusers, rapists and paedophiles to get all the material they needed.
Organiser Jeanine McGill blamed pronography for South Africa's high rape figures, but Arthur Calamaras notes that that has been the case for a long time:
There are a thousand arguments for and a thousand arguments against. These church groups have just found a scapegoat for problems in society. When I brought Adult World to Johannesburg six years ago that city was already the crime capital of the world, yet there was no pornography in South Africa.
shop faces wrath of suburban Christians— Cape Argus, (via IOL), August 3rd 2002.