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‘It’s Not Ok’—Pastor Who Left Porn Industry Critiques Dennis Prager’s Views on Pornography

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Dennis Prager speaking with attendees at the 2018 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A pastor who was once one of the top male porn stars in the world has spoken out against a view expressed by conservative commentator Dennis Prager, who believes pornography can be acceptable in some circumstances. Joshua Broome said that Prager’s words were “such a misleading, disappointing thing to hear.” 

“Men want variety,” said Prager during a roundtable discussion led by Dr. Jordan Peterson. “And if pornography is a substitute for one’s wife, it’s awful. If it’s a substitute for adultery, it’s not awful.” 

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Dennis Prager Says He Follows ‘Law-Based’ Religion

Dennis Prager is the founder of the conservative video site, PragerU. He has been broadcasting on radio since 1982 and is the host of The Dennis Prager Show, which became nationally syndicated in 1999. He is a follower of the Jewish faith.

Prager made his comments on pornography while participating in a discussion on the Book of Exodus featured on DailyWire+. “I am less interested in the interior person, morally speaking, than you are, than probably any of you are,” he said to his fellow panelists, explaining that he comes from a “behaviorist, law-based religion.”

Judaism does not have a teaching that if you look at a woman with lust, it is the same as committing adultery with her, said Prager, alluding to Matthew 5:27-30, where Jesus says:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Adultery in Judaism, said Prager, is the literal act, not a matter of the heart. He said that he appreciates Christians (“I’m a big Christian fan”), but he pointed out that Christianity and Judaism are two different religions. 

Jordan Peterson then asked Dennis Prager what his position on pornography is. Prager responded by saying that when women call his radio show and say they are concerned their husbands are looking at pornography, he responds by asking the wives, “How is your life of intimacy with your husband? Is it good?”

What Prager wants to know is if husbands are using pornography to replace intimacy with their wives or if the men are using pornography to avoid adultery. Stating that his answer is not “religious,” but “moral and realistic,” Prager condemned porn use in the former instance, but said it was justified in the latter. 

Joshua Broome disagrees. “I would argue that it’s not better and it’s actually the same thing,” he said, offering his input on Prager’s examples on the CBN News Quickstart Podcast. Broome is a preacher who regularly shares how Jesus saved him from a life in the porn industry.

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