Mormons vs. Masturbation Scare Film – Watch: “Saving Private Hardon” – Video

Saving Private Hardon

Courtesy of  Brigham Young University–Idaho comes this creepy and hysterical public service message to male students urging them to identify friends they think are masturbating too much to religious officials, and comparing the gesture to rescuing a fellow soldier during war.

“If you need to, talk to your bishop,” school president Kim B. Clark says in the video, “Wounded On The Battlefield,” aka “Saving Private Hardon” which was released last month. “Tell someone who can do something that you have a friend in trouble.”

 “A lonely, confused young man gets addicted to pornography. His roommates know, but they do nothing to help him.”

Jeez, guys, can’t somebody just lend the poor guy a hand?

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3 thoughts on “Mormons vs. Masturbation Scare Film – Watch: “Saving Private Hardon” – Video

  1. “end Human Bankruptcy”an idea whose time has come.
    Masturbation was not addressed in the film.HoW would These Peoples describe Porno.?How do They explain sexual intercourse to Their children.?

  2. In response to the comment by Richard.
    To me, the idea behind the video is to encourage those who have friends following a path that leads to excessive watching/porno addiction to speak out. To assist that person to be more social in the real world and not to sit alone and have a relationship with a computer.
    If you had a friend harming themselves in another means (drugs/alcohol abuse) would you not want to try to intervene?

    My mother was part of the LDS church when I was a teenager.
    ‘These Peoples’ are like every other family.
    I love all the LDS members I have met over the years, I think a lot of the negative views from people about Mormons come from the lack of understanding about their interpretation of teachings.

  3. What utter nonsense. The only reason religions consider such things battles and wars is that they have made rules for themselves that go clean contrary to things that are quite normal and natural to human feelings, desires, needs and emotions. If I believe that eating grapes is sinful, all grape-related items, imagery and even the thought about grapes instantly becomes a huge, contrived battle and war occupying a disproportionate amount of my time and energy ‘resisting the urges’, in this case, to think about, imagine or, heaven forbid!, eat grapes. It is all relative to a given belief system. How much evil is caused, however, by religions taking the natural and distorting it into something perceived as unnatural, unhealthy, sinful or tempting! Natural, pagan spirituality, taking a balanced, healthy view of that which is inherent to our human nature, avoids this nonsense and makes for much happier, healthier, tolerant individuals who do not need all the rules, regulations and artificial constraints to be good, productive, loving and morally-aware people in society.

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