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Missouri state convention targets pornography


LINN, MO (BP) — The Missouri Baptist Convention’s Christian Life Commission plans to tackle the problem of pornography through two upcoming workshops.

Titled “Providing Moral Leadership in a Sexualized Culture,” the workshops will train pastors, church staff, and congregations for helping people trapped in the web of pornography. The first workshop will be Aug. 27 at Canaan Baptist Church in St. Louis; the second, Sept. 17 at Sycamore Hills Baptist Church in Independence, MO. Each workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.

Various surveys state that:

• 12 percent of all Web content is pornographic in nature.

• 35 percent of all Internet downloads contain pornographic material.

• Porn revenue is larger than the combined revenues of all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises – $12 billion a year in the United States and $57 billion worldwide.