War wounds represent porn addiction in BYU-Idaho video

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REXBURG, Idaho — A video produced by BYU-Idaho uses a wounded soldier as a metaphor for a person who is addicted to pornography.

“Wounded on the Battlefield” has been interpreted as an anti-masturbation video, but a BYU-Idaho spokesman said that was not the intended message.

“We regard addiction to pornography as a harmful and destructive vice. We also regard each other as brothers and sisters and believe we have a Christian obligation to watch out for the spiritual and physical well-being of those around us,” a statement from BYU-Idaho’s media relations office said. “The sole purpose of the video is to illustrate those principles for BYU-Idaho students as well as to encourage them to reach out in a spirit of love and concern if someone they know is struggling with any form of addiction. Any other interpretation of the video is inaccurate and unwarranted.”

The message of the video draws from a 2008 speech called “The Power of the Holy Temple” by BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark. Excerpts of Clark’s speech are used as voiceover in the video.

“Wounded on the Battlefield” was posted on a YouTube channel for the school’s Housing and Student Living department on December 6. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, it has been viewed more than 36,000 times.

19 comments

  • No More GMO!

    Addition to porn is the least of our problems. If we didn’t currently live in such a dystopia, people wouldn’t feel the need to try to find something to make them feel better (self medicate). Our food supply is slowly being controlled by corporations that believe that they have improved Mother Nature by manipulating food genetically, causing all to pay more for their science experiment. Food that has been linked to illness (when you are ill, addictions like porn or drugs seem like a great way to feel better). It’s time to fix the real problems instead of the symptoms! Porn and drugs are SYMPTOMS of a society that is reaching out for help!!!

  • Darlene

    I find this video and the analogy repulsive. I can’t believe first that it was made, and second that the leaders of the LDS church condone it. It is an insult to the service of our military men and women. I choose not to stoop to the level of this video, the analogies and message given. I honor our nations Military men and women and the service they provide our country and other countries.

    • Cindy

      I agree. I don’t have a loved one that is or has been to war, but to compare the two, is just unacceptable. I’m not even LDS and I’m humiliated by the comparison.

  • Army Spouse

    I am personally disgusted by this video. Absolutely disgusted. As the spouse of a career Army officer who’s unit was attacked while they were patrolling the streets of Baghdad, I find the comparison between war wounds and porn addiction reprehensible. I live 90 kilometers from the Army hospital, Landstuhl, where our military men and women are brought to after being wounded, often in the Middle East. I wonder what they would think if I walked the halls comparing their burns, scars, and amputations to the dangers of a college age kid whacking off to online porn.

  • jpid

    I have seen families and individuals destroyed by pornography addiction. Most of the criticism I have seen of the video stems from the idea that pornography does not do any damage. The research is fairly clear that it does. But this isn’t just about pornography. Similar addictions (drugs, alcohol, etc.) can also destroy an individual and families. This is about helping someone who is traveling down a destructive path. It’s about fulfilling our Christian obligation to assist someone who is struggling. When we see someone who is wounded, do we pass by or do we help as the Good Samaritan did? Those that say,”It’s your life, do what you want,” and don’t help are part of the problem.

  • Quinci

    I am so grateful for this video and everything that it stands for. I hope that people will take the time to watch the original with an open heart and and open mind. It is our responsibility to do what we can to help those struggling with addictions, not stand by and watch. BYU-Idaho and the LDS church has always been open about its stance, and I hope that people will continue to be respectful of our beliefs.

  • k

    To Army Spouse, I am truly sorry you are offended by this film. It was in no way meant to hurt those fallen or injured soldiers. It was meant to compare that both are wounded. Pornography is of course self inflicted, but wounded nonetheless. And it is up to us as friends and family members to help those that we love that are hurt. Your husband’s service is very honorable and respected by all! I just know that pornography is so damaging to a person and a person’s family. We should love and help those who are going through it, not leave them on the “battlefield” metaphorically speaking.

  • Steve

    How do most you people not see pornography as having just as negative of effects as war? Have none of you read the countless amount of evidence that pornography destroys families, leads to other addictions, can lead to rape, perversions and disgusting acts, murder, and even the cause for serial killers to do what they did? Just get on Google for a start. Ted Bundy is just one of the prime examples of what started his evil actions and has been admitted by him and psychologists and psychiatrists. Richard Ramirez is another serial killer. It doesn’t mean that anyone who has looked at pornography will take those actions just like not everyone who tries meth or cocaine is bound to get addicted, but why even dabble and take the risk?

  • alumna

    I’m a military spouse and someone who has dealt with this addiction. It truly does feel like a wound. It makes it difficult to live your life. You can’t have healthy relationships once you have taken a “bullet” like that. I wish that I had someone who spoke out, who helped me when I was wounded and when I needed other there for me. I was strong enough to lift myself and ensure that I did what needed to be done, but others don’t have the sort of strength.
    Wonderful video. Great analogy. Thanks BYUI.

  • Abigayle

    I also have seen families and lives destroyed because of this addiction. The only people who don’t seem to want to believe it are the ones who are involved in it. Maybe they would feel differently after they had seen people attempt to take their lives because of this debilitating addiction. Its not a joke. Pornography addiction destroyed destroyers relationships. Hello

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