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According to the church document Pornography and Violence in the Communications Media A Pastoral Response pornography is the following Pornography in the media is understood as a violation through the use of audio-visual techniques of the right to privacy of the human body in its male or female nature a violation which reduces the human person and human body to an anonymous object of misuse for the purpose of gratifying lustful desires In accordance to the dictionary pornography is defined as obscene literature art or photography especially that having little or no artistic merit On its most basic level pornography can be defined as any media that in essence aims to take away a persons human dignity Natural law corresponds to three basic human drives and needs These are preserving life developing as individuals and communities and sharing life with others Natural law represents human dignity and is the foundation of human rights This means that pornography goes against natural law Natural law preserves human dignity pornography tries to treat people like things therefore being a negative influence on human dignity Like natural law the Ten Commandments deal with what the demands of love require and what is prohibited when it comes to love Under the Fourth Commandment which deals with the responsibilities and duties to protect and uphold families we are given the right to protection from destructive pornography Pornography is a negative influence on the values of respect honor obedience gratitude and affection These values are the basis of a family in society All ten of the Commandments are united together meaning to break one is to break them all Therefore when pornography goes against the Fourth Commandment it goes against the Decalogue Because human beings were made in the image of God they have human dignity Respect for human dignity is the most important issue of morality To respect human dignity one must never manipulate humiliate exploit or show violence toward another
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