Student-Led Petition Bans Porn on The Catholic University of America Campus

Mikaela Mathews | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Student-Led Petition Bans Porn on The Catholic University of America Campus

Student-Led Petition Bans Porn on The Catholic University of America Campus


Last month, members of The Catholic University of America’s Student Government Association Senate passed a resolution to ban 200 of the most popular pornography sites from the university’s network, according to CBN News.

A senior, Joseph Enzler, at the private university got the idea while reading an article about the University of Notre Dame’s policy to not ban pornography. After doing research, Enzler was shocked to realize that The Catholic University had the same policy. He wanted to change that. 

He started by searching for a software program that could block pornography and discovered that a ban like this had been attempted before but failed. “I knew we could do this,” Enzler told The College Fix

It was in an encounter at a lunch event with the university’s president, John Garvey, that furthered Enzler’s cause. Garvey supported the ban, as well as the president’s chief of staff, Lawrence Morris. 

Enzler next needed his peer’s support, so he started a petition, receiving 400 signatures from students. Student Senator Gerard McNair-Lewis followed the petition with a resolution and submitted to the student government.

The Senate was initially split, but the vice president eventually broke the tie, setting the ban in motion.

“Our students asked President Garvey to block the top 200 porn sites, and he told them that he’d be happy to do so,” campus spokeswoman Karen Lozoya told The Fix. “We are working on implementing those blocks, and should have the top sites blocked within weeks.”

But Enzler isn’t finished. The ban only blocks 200 of the most popular sites. McNair-Lewis indicated that the students would keep fighting access and Lozoya said the administration may circle back to the ban and make further adjustments.

The pornography ban comes in light of Notre Dame students being denied the same request, according to The College Fix

Dozens of male students wrote in a joint statement in theObserver campus newspaper last year, “In the face of the massive violation of human dignity perpetrated by pornography production and consumption, many organizations worldwide have taken the simple, positive step of internet filtering. Unfortunately, Notre Dame has yet to take this step.”

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