by the Rev Dr Alan Clifford
THE TRIALS OF THE TOPLESS DUCHESS
Dr Alan C. Clifford
What a sickening fiasco. French, Irish and now the Italians are cashing in on the hapless Duchess.
But are the British entirely without blame because we refuse to publish the pictures? No. Because this whole incident is but a symptom of our Europe-wide immoral, immodest culture, a culture where promiscuity, pornography and perversion flow unchecked. Indeed, our entire entertainment industry thrives on adulterous sex in particular and a mocking disregard for the Ten Commandments in general.
Of course the money-making motive is behind all this. ‘Filthy lucre’ is the apt expression. Not that there is anything filthy about feminine beauty. But the beauty of a man’s wife should be for his eyes alone. The kind of decadence that ignores such privacy merely fuels public male lust and should be disallowed and even criminalized. Rightly did the Apostle Peter sum up the vice of our visual age. We are a society with ‘eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin’ (2 Pet. 2: 14).
Is the refusal of the British press to publish (so far) evidence of a residual Puritanism? I certainly hope so. One would like to ask these hypocritical editors and their equally-hypocritical male readers this question: would they like topless pictures of their wives, sisters, mothers, etc available for all the world to see? And have they spared a thought for Prince William’s feelings in all this shameless publicity?
For those who see a relevant connection, I am not making any concessions to Islamic culture at this point; behind the seemingly-modest burkha barrier is a variety of sexual irregularities. No, I am appealing to the kind of Judeo-Christian values which once prevailed in great measure throughout Western society, values which preserved and protected the purity and beauty of married life, at the same time creating a context of innocence and modesty in which to raise happy and virtuous children. Such are the desperate needs of our sex-obsessed society.
Unless we return to our roots, the lusts of the jungle will be our ruin!
Dr Alan C. Clifford