A motivational video released by Brigham Young University–Idaho has garnered attention online for urging students to identify to religious officials friends they think are masturbating too much. And it compares the effort 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,” which was released last month. “Tell someone who can do something that you have a friend in trouble.”
The video opens with footage of a young man, who Clark says is “spiritually wounded on the battlefield of the Great War,” alone in a darkened room because of an addiction to pornography, while his roommate leaves, apparently feeling unable to help. Clark does not identify the “Great War” in question.
Suddenly, the scene shifts to a battlefield, with the porn-addled young man trapped in the crossfire and the roommate torn between helping him and staying behind safe cover.
“In our modern society, the enemy has spread fear of getting involved when someone’s in trouble, and has fostered a social stigma against people who speak up in the face of evil,” Clark warns over ominous music. “The enemy whispers, ‘Don’t get involved.’”
Of course, the roommate goes to his fallen friend’s (metaphorical) rescue, delivering him to what seems to be a church official before they (and several young female churchgoers) celebrate his return to “normalcy.”
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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