Porn Addiction: The Christian Right’s Latest Quack Crusade


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There’s no evidence that millions of men are addicted to porn, whatever the desperate Christian right claims.

By Amanda Marcotte | Alternet

Until late last year, Christian Hine was primarily known as a ferocious Tea Party activist and prominent volunteer for North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s 2012 campaign. But in November 2015, Hine was arrested and hit with over 20 charges of sexual exploitation of minors for the cache of child pornography that South Carolina officials found on his computer. Last week, he pled guilty to 10 felony charges.

To make this strange story even stranger, Hine’s lawyers floated a relatively novel argument in an effort to get the sentence reduced: They claimed Hine is a porn addict, and that his alleged disease led him to keep seeking harder stuff to get his fix, which is why he ended up trading child porn on the internet for what the police say was more than a decade.

“His descent into depression and pornography abuse was as swift as it was tragic,” Hine’s lawyer, Johnny Gasser, wrote, while emphasizing Hine’s history of conservative political activism and his youthful religious participation.

Blaming Hine’s depression and lack of romantic prospects, Gasser argued that Hines “became addicted to pornography,” and that he has “no intention of ever returning to pornography.”

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