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February 26, 2007
WCR Letters to the Editor
Telus dials a wrong number
As Catholic Christians, we have many opportunities to be Christ to others, whether it be in prayer and worship, reaching out to others in need, or standing up for what is right. Telus Mobility has provided us with an opportunity and Archbishop Raymond Roussin of Vancouver has provided an example.
Telus is the first wireless company in North America to offer pornographic materials accessible the same way one might download a ringtone or wallpaper for your cell phone. They claim that by doing so they are putting in place a secure means for consenting adults to consume whatever kind of media they like.
Phone in a complaint, and many of the customer service agents have a script to respond with, informing you that every cell phone with a web browser has always been able to download adult content. They've simply provided a way to purchase it securely - a customer must verify that they are 18 by inputting a valid credit card before accessing the service.
The problem here is twofold - they haven't restricted the access any phone's web browser has to adult content, and they've provided a new access point that is much simpler. And teenagers are often much more technologically savvy than their parents.
I don't for a minute believe that this is a secure means to protect children from pornography.
For us, as Christians, what is abundantly clear is Jesus' words regarding lust (one who looks at a woman with lust in his heart . . .), the damaging effects that an addiction to pornography can have on the family, and the reality that the images themselves distort and demean the human person, who is created in the image and likeness of God.
Archbishop Roussin has publicly commented that he is considering cancelling every contract in his archdiocese with Telus, and seeking out other service providers for phone, Internet and cellular PCS services. This is big business, and the only language they speak is money.
Whether or not this is a realistic option for each of us, as some may have signed long-term contracts with Telus, if you are a Telus customer, please take five minutes to voice your displeasure with this new service. You can phone them or visit their website to email a complaint to their customer service team.
This is one opportunity we have to be Christ to others, standing up for what is right, and in defence of those who are victims of pornography -whether they be those addicted to it, those taken advantage of in it, or our children whom we are trying so desperately to protect from it.
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