The sudden appearance of pornographic movies on the streets in Sierra Leone presents a worrying sign to authorities already concerned about the depths the society is sinking in sexual immorality . A country that was built on sound Christian principles now finds herself mired in the depressing depths of lewdness, lasciviousness , looseness , sexual depravity and debauchery. At a time when the rebranding of Sierra Leone is gaining pace, the present development is a blow to our long-cherished moral values. Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.
The alarming rate at which the rape and defilement of young girls in Sierra Leone has escalated since the war is unacceptable .We cannot build a strong, prosperous, progressive and productive nation if the moral fibre of the country is debased by deeds that leave us ashamed of ourselves . The authorities should do everything it takes to stop the proliferation of pornographic movies in the country.
We endorse the views expressed yesterday by the Honourable Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo who regarded “The widespread sales and viewing of pornographic videos in the country… as an unacceptable attitude .” ( Awareness Times report ). Sierra Leone is already steeped in other daunting social challenges like indolence, lethargy, a lack of the sense of responsibility and self-pride , dishonesty and unpatriotism and we cannot afford a hedonistic society where young and precious minds are exposed to mind-bending and harmful pornographic movies that have the capacity to destroy the moral foundation parents, guardians, schools and religious institutions have spent generations to establish.
As a newspaper, we think that , apart from the war, which destroyed the traditional family and all instruments of moral education, strong negative influences from cultures alien to our own are to blame for the moral looseness and sexual promiscuity trying to gain a foothold in our society. In this regard, we call on the relevant authorities responsible for ensuring compliance with our moral values to do something immediately to ban obnoxious magazines, books and films being imported into the country. Strong fines and other sanctions should be imposed on those who import these films and literature into the country.
It is a fact that pornography and lewd literature are no longer strangers in a society that nurtured its young to exercise the highest form of moral discretion in sexual matters. The bad influence of these pornographic movies and literature is seen in the loose and lewd manner our femalefolk dress with skimpy garments so recklessly worn that cleavage and private body parts are immorally exposed. This kind of public adornment is contrary to the moral tone of our once-conservative and God-fearing society. When women do not cover their private body parts, they lay themselves bare to depraved men who rape and ravish them , though these reprobates have no excuse for such recourse. Women who walk the streets or show up at work half-naked should be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
We also call on our celebrities , especially our musicians , to become praise-worthy role models for our youth and other young persons in our society. The idea of recording sexual trysts on cellphones and other media and having them mass-produced by unscrupulous persons and distributed in the country is shameful, disgraceful and harmful and should be stamped out by our authorities. Celebrities who try to impeach the moral foundation of society should , apart from being stigmatized , be arrested and charged to court for promoting lewdness and endangering the moral welfare of the young ones.
If we must rebrand Sierra Leone and restore our nation’s hard-earned pride, respect and prestige , we have to crack down hard on this latest menance in our society. The strong and uncompromisable Christian foundation on which the fabric of our nation was built must be defended at all costs. .