Man Uses First Amendment against Local Porn Shops

A 73-year-old Wisconsin man was tired of seeing billboards outside his bedroom window advertising for local porn shops. Instead of organizing protests outside porn shops or calling city or county officials and demanding that they have the billboards removed and the porn shops shut down, he decided to just put up a billboard of his own to counteract the porn advertisements. The Blaze reported:

“Porn destroys love,” it reads, along with a religious question for drivers passing by: “What would Jesus say about pornography?”

Guell, 73, who posted the billboard near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where there are reportedly numerous advertisements for two separate sex shops already on display on Highway 41, said that he felt it was time to take action to counter the shops’ messaging.

“It got to be too much,” he told WBAY-TV. “I figured, well a person needs to take a stand and raise these issues, and let people know what those businesses really are.”

Guell said that he’s hoping his ad, which was funded by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group, will help people realize that these sex shops sell “pornographic and sexually related articles,” among other elements and that porn is the “greatest blight there is on society.”

The billboard is expected to be up for at least six months, coming in at a cost of $6,000, according to the Journal Sentinel.

And Ronald Boda, who owns the billboard space where the adult store ads and Guell’s message are currently on display, decided to post a second billboard of his own that reads, “Got God?”

Boda reportedly told the Journal Sentinel that the message has nothing to do with the sex shops.

“I felt obligated. God’s been good to me. It’s hard taking a solid religious stand when you believe in the freedom of speech,” he told the outlet“It’s been a conflicting issue for me this whole time, but what do you do? What do you do?”

Boda added in an interview with WBAY-TV that he sometimes allows messages he disagrees with on his billboards due to his belief in the First Amendment. 

Will it work? It remains to be seen. These sorts of things take time.

I would say that the targeted audience of Mr. Guell’s ad campaign are professing Christians who are leading a double life. Seeing that advertisement would hopefully convict them and convince them to stop patronizing porn shops or visiting pornographic websites. This isn’t just about shutting down the porn shop. This is more about getting people to stop wanting to visit the shops to the point that the shop has to shut down because of lack of business. And more importantly, it’s about getting people off or porn completely.

It’s similar to how a man (a friend of a friend) was able to shut down abortion clinics in his hometown, not by protesting a lot outside abortion clinics in the area, or by calling politicians to shut down abortion clinics, but by putting up a billboard advertising for a 1-800 number for a counseling center that would help scared, vulnerable and pregnant teens. Enough people stopped depending on the abortion clinics that they had no choice but to shut down.

That’s how you deal with these social ills in a Godless society (with a remnant of a free market). Offer a better, more viable and lasting solution and advertise for it.