Memphis City Council member Shea Flinn wants the the city to study the idea of creating an ‘adult entertainment district’ for strip clubs and other sex-oriented businesses. He wants a committee to look into a possible location as well as answer the question whether “this is the right thing to do.”
Is it the right thing to do? Why or why not?
The Adult Entertainment business, whether confined to a ‘district’ or not, exploits women and the faith community ought to oppose the whole industry, period! What kind of good can come from this kind of evil?
Getting money from taxation for the city coffers can never justify this sort of exploitation. The role of the faith community on issues of ‘politics’ as this is made out to be, and in public life for that matter is to stand and work for truth and justice and decency. No faith community, Christian, Jewish, or Muslim can stand for the overt exploitation of women that the Adult Entertainment business fosters. Nor should we turn our backs to exploitation of our brothers and sisters in any way. We must stand for justice everywhere. As William Wilberforce stated: “God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.” His example is still before us: we must always work to suppress injustice and reform our society.