Why do Atheist countries lead the production of child pornography?

In declaring himself to be an Atheist evangelist, Matt Dillahunty referenced “the actions” people “take on behalf of their beliefs” a d that “if you really care about the actions you work to educate people so that their beliefs change.”
What then could be the correlation between countries that are majority or largely Atheistic and also produce most of the world’s child pornography

In declaring himself to be an Atheist evangelist, Matt Dillahunty referenced “the actions” people “take on behalf of their beliefs” a d that “if you really care about the actions you work to educate people so that their beliefs change.”
What then could be the correlation between countries that are majority or largely Atheistic and also produce most of the world’s child pornography

A previous article titled Kavorkatheism: “elevatorgate” and our only purpose for existing referenced Elevatorgate which pertains to a fracas within the atheist community. A report noted that a female atheist referred to a “problem of sexism among atheists, and the rape threats she had received from men in the community who don’t agree with her.”

The issue is that “the actions” some Atheists will “take on behalf of their beliefs” begin with thinking that we are exist by accident and our only purpose for existing is to reproduce. Research shows that atheism is primarily a young white male phenomenon and the celebrity Atheists mostly target naturally rebellious youngsters in college who feel the freedom of absconding form mommy’s apron strings and are sexually charged.

It is not surprising, therefore, that rebellion against their parental authority figure coincides with rebellion against the ultimate authority figure, God, and that one way they act out is to have unmarried sex with various temporary sex partners de jour.

As noted below, researchers roundly agree that Atheist countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, etc. have produced most of the world’s child pornography.

As per Phil Zuckerman’s “Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns”, chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, ed. by Michael Martin, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK (2005 AD); the following stats “do not necessarily represent the number of people who are identify themselves as ‘atheists.’ For example, in Estonia in 2004, 49% of people surveyed said they did not believe in God. At the same time, only 11% of people in the country identified themselves as atheists.”

The following percentages are of “Atheist/Agnostic/Nonbeliever in God”:

Denmark 43 – 80%
Netherlands 39 – 44%
Sweden 46 – 85%

Of course, Atheism does not stand alone as Denmark’s population accounts for the second highest rate of belief in evolution in the Western.

When someone’s worldview-philosophy is premised upon believing that life, the universe and everything—including human children—are the result of a series of happy accidents they tend to either not be able to actually life according to that premise (preferring to beg, borrow and steal from the Judeo-Christian worldview-theology) or they act as that which they think they are; mere animals.

Atheist countries are known for becoming less and less sustainable as bearing children is viewed as less and less important as human life is reduced to being viewed as mere bio-organisms.

It is not surprising, then, that in such countries anything goes sexually speaking and children are preferred targets; after all sexual taboos of any sort can be dismissed as superstitious ignorance of days gone by.

Hereinafter is some of the research which, you will note, agreed right down the line.

Rahel Nardos, Mary K. Radpour, William S. Hatcher and Michael L. Penn, Overcoming Violence Against Women and Girls: The International Campaign to Eradicate a Worldwide Problem, p. 59:

The largest source of commercial child pornography is Denmark. Denmark became the world’s leading producer of child pornography when, in 1969, it removed all restrictions on the production and sale of any type of pornographic material. “The result,” notes Tim Tate, “was a short-lived explosion in adult pornography, and the birth of commercial child pornography.” [in his book Child Pornography: An Investigation]

In his work, Tate links the global spread of child pornography to two men: Willy Strauss, founder of Bambina Sex, the world’s first child-pornography magazine, founded in 1971; and Peter Theander, founder of Colour Climax Corporation and the producer of a short, professionally made pornographic film series entitled Lolita.

Loita depicts the sexual abuse of prepubescent boys and girls. Although Danish law at the time rendered the work of Strauss and Theander legal, by 1979 when Denmark finally banned the production and sale of child pornography, it had already become such a financial success on the international market that it has proven to be nearly impossible to bring its spread under control.

That child pornography contributes to the sexual victimization of children is unquestionable. Not only does the production of child pornography necessitate the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, but also child pornography merchants encourage their customers to “find” children with whom new pornographic materials can be produced.

John Burke, “Danes First to Legalise Child Pornography,” Sunday Business Post, 28 October 2007 AD:

The sexual revolution of the mid-1960s heralded a dramatic increase in the demand for pornography of all types…Censorship laws were relaxed and the Danish government led the march by legalising all forms of pornography in 1969. The effect was to create a massive industry that created materials that later became mainstays among the international paedophile market.

One expert has described the following decade as a ‘‘ten year madness’’. A lack of legislation in other Western countries permitted a global industry to develop which was primarily based on images of children being abused, which were sourced and distributed from Denmark.

Some years after he became a rich man from the production of child pornography, Danish businessman Willy Strauss recounted how his 1971 magazine, which was entitled Bambina Sex, sold more than 10,000 copies among pornography dealers within two hours of it coming off the printing press.

By the end of its first week in print, Strauss and his business partner, his wife Leila, had sold 19,000 copies. Strauss has claimed that Bambina Sex was the first child pornography magazine produced.

Strauss was not the only Danish businessman to profit from the decriminalisation of the production of child porn.

Brothers Peter and Jens Theander were early market leaders. Their company, Rodox/ Color Climax, has been linked to an estimated 100 million magazines and 10 million films since they started production of child pornography publications from their Copenhagen base in 1975…

Suzanne Ost, Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal Responses, pp. 29-30:

The history of modern-day child pornography can be traced back to the late 1960s and 1970s. More liberal obscenity laws in Western Europe during his time paved the way for the commercial production of child pornography, in both film and magazine format.

Denmark and Holland [See Taylor and Quayle 2003: 42-6; and O’Donnell and Milner 2007: 4-9] were particularly large producers and exporters of this material, and traders in these countries began to distribute to a growing number of producer and traders in the United States in exchange for American material.

Taylor and Quayle note that the material produced during the period still constitutes the largest part of child pornography that is currently available, having been transferred into digital format and uploaded onto the internet…In the 1970s, when child pornography first began to be perceived as a real social problem posing a serious threat to children…

Extreme hardcore child pornography may include images of the infliction of sadistic, physical harm to the child and, occasionally, may even end in a child’s death.

Ian O’Donnell and Claire Milner, Child Pornography: Crime, Computers and Society, pp. 5-6:
Denmark led the way in this regard. Encouraged by professional opinion in favour of decriminalizing pornography, and difficulties convicting those brought before the courts on obscenity charges, the Danish government legalised the production of all forms of pornography in 1969. This included child pornography. Sweden followed suit in 1971. By failing to introduce relevant legislation or enforce existing legislation, it could be argued that other Western governments allowed child pornography lo be produced or distributed by default.

In an enlightening account, Tate (1990: 33) described the period from 1969 to 1979 as ‘ten year madness’, during which time the circulation of child pornography became a global industry…

US Customs identified the Lolita series as still the most widely traded of all commercial child pornography films. The Theanders rapidly became, and have remained, multi-millionaires. They had come a long way from the second-hand bookstore they opened in Copenhagen as ambitious twenty-somethings.

In addition to legalising pornography, Denmark’s liberalization repudiated the 1923 United Nations International Convention for the Suppression of the Circulation and Traffic in Obscene Publications. As such, little effort was made to stop the exportation of any form of pornography. While both adult and child pornography were actually illegal there, Amsterdam became the primary distribution centre for child pornography exported from Denmark and other European and American cities throughout the 1970s. Dutch tolerance of the pornography trade provided an environment that allowed it to become highly profitable.

The Netherlands also had its own producers, most notably perhaps Joop Wilhelmus who continued, unchallenged by the authorities, to publish Lolita magazine for seventeen years. As Tate (1990: 59) observed, the content was unashamedly explicit:
Lolita frequently included editorial pleas for new child pornography lo publish:
‘This magazine canonly exist if you help us! Send us photos from your collection.’ ‘We desperately need more photos from private files.’ Those requests amounted to an incitement by Wilhelmus for the magazine’s readers to abuse more children and mail him the evidence.
Lolita also provided a contact service for its readers, enabling them to advertise both for child pornography and for new children to abuse.
One advert read:
‘English gentleman, 37, paedophile, wishes to meet a mother with Lolita daughter or lady with paedophile feelings with view to marriage’. The authorities eventually closed the magazine by charging Wilhelmus with unlawfully procuring young boys for sex, but not before it had reached issue 55 in 1984.

On pp. 18-19 O’Donnell and Milner note:

…as child pornography was being outlawed in America, voices in the Scandinavian countries began to call for legal prohibition (Schuijer and Rossen 1992). By 1980 Denmark and Sweden acknowledged the negative consequences of child pornography and banned it entirely. However, by the time the law was reformed many thousands of child pornography magazines and hundreds of hours of hard-core films had already been published and disseminated throughout the world. According to Jenkins (2001), this era has achieved legendary status among devotees of such material…

Despite the ban, commercial production in Denmark and Sweden continued into the first half of the 1980s.
More significantly, the government in the Netherlands failed to take adequate action against the trade and this country continued to act as the chief exporter of child pornography around the world, effectively making the new laws redundant…

Willy Strauss, the Danish originator of commercial child pornography, reported how when the law changed an immediate consequence was that the trade went underground, the cover price of magazines increased tenfold, and his profits soared. The boom was temporary as police activity increased also and in 1983 Strauss was raided.
More than l0,000 magazines, videotapes and playing cards involving child pornography were confiscated. This was not the end for Strauss. He stayed within the law by diversifying into hard-core child pornography stories illustrated with explicit drawings of children being violated.

His first book, Lolita Slavinder (Lolita Slaves), appeared on the shelves in Denmark in 1986 (Hebditch and Anning 1988: 319- 21).

On p. 206 they note that “the age of consent in Denmark, France, Greece, and Sweden is 15; in the UK, the Netherlands, Finland and Belgium, it is 16.”

Maxwell Taylor and Ethel Quayle, Child
Pornography: An Internet Crime
, pp. 43-44:

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, most Western European countries went through a period of relaxation of censorship laws, particularly with respect to obscenity. Denmark led the way in this, in that the production of all forms of pornography was legalised in July 1969, setting the tone for what became a decade of liberalization of obscenity laws throughout Europe.

Most of the material that we now know as child pornography has its origins in this time, in terms of the cine films, and later videos, and magazines that were produced for commercial sale. The earliest film materials produced were marketed under the name ‘Lolita’, and Tate (1990) suggested that at least 36 ten-minute cine films were produced under this title between 1971 and 1979…

The Lolita films were made by a company called Color Climax, with registered offices in Copenhagen. These films exclusively involved pictures of young girls being sexually abused, primarily by men, but sometimes involving women or other children. The girls were mainly in the age range 7- 11, but with some younger. Other companies and individuals also operated in Denmark at that time selling child pornographic material. Tate (1990) refers to a Danish citizen Willy Strauss as perhaps the major producer of child pornography magazines. Tate (1990) suggested that Strauss published 1,500 child pornography magazines, with titles such as Bambino Sex, Anna and her Father and Lolita Sex.

These magazines were again primarily concerned with the abuse of young girls. Other Danish companies focused on homosexual child abuse…

Remember that “the actions” people “take on behalf of their beliefs” and that “if you really care about the actions you work to educate people so that their beliefs change.”


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