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Not a Penny Without a Penance

Posted by thelamp on March 12, 2007

The White House scored a major moral victory last week in the U.S. Court of Appeals, which upheld a Bush administration policy of denying federal funding to nonprofit AIDS groups that won’t renounce prostitution and sex trafficking.

To the chagrin of liberals, the court ruled that AIDS groups’ free speech rights would not be violated if the federal grants they receive are linked to a pledge to uphold government policy. It’s simply common sense to ask people with a history of perilous behavior to reject the immoral conduct that put them at risk in the first place before giving them a penny. Otherwise, taxpayers would be spending money on something that will never be successful.

The case at hand involves DKT International, founded by porn king Philip D. Harvey, who also launched one of the world’s largest mail-order pornography and sex merchandise businesses. The organization distributes condoms in 11 countries, including to prostitutes in Vietnam, and opposes efforts to end the “sex trade,” contending that it is an established part of human society. DKT refused to sign an anti-prostitution pledge required under a 2003 law, which specified that groups must explicitly oppose prostitution and sex trafficking in order to qualify for funding under a $15-billion AIDS program.

Although the group would gladly accept money from the government, its leaders thought the strings attached were too cumbersome, namely, signing a pledge.

It would be silly to throw good money after bad. The purpose of financial assistance from the government is to improve the human condition. Logically, the expected result would be drastically different outcomes, and that will never be achieved by condoning and repeating illicit sexual conduct.

In addition to the effect prostitution has on the broader culture, the industry takes a devastating toll on the individual lives sucked into that black hole. So, the government’s policy also puts men and women on the path to reconcile their lives with the Lord. As 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 instructs, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

“It is easy to condone everything, but it’s impossible to glorify God and defy Him at the same time,” said Pastor Rod Parsley.


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