Angry Moralist Shames Me

Below is a fascinating comment from my YouTube channel about my video.  

Look around, the video is easy to find.  I just put it below.  That’s my picture.  You be the judge.
I want to give Brian Victor’s comment more attention here on my blog.

Thanks Brian. 

Yes, I am John Kane.   I am not anonymous.   Because I sometimes use a cute avatar and a “pen name” of sorts you might see my name pop up as Sheik Xhoni at times.  If you are familiar with the Hash House Harriers, that is my “hash name” and not to be confused with the drug hash.  If you do not know what this means then Google Hash House Hariers.  But I am John Kane.   See what I say on the video (below) and  shame on me if you agree with Brian.  Up to you.  

Here is Brian’s comment:

This is one of the most misrepresentative and disrespectful videos about NGOs that I have ever run across. The reason so many NGO’s tell horror stories is because they keep having to take care of people with them! People you help put in their hands by carousing with women all over God’s green earth! You help perpetuate the demand for purchased sex and so women all over the planet keep getting trafficked to meet that demand. Are most women in the sex trade forced? Perhaps not by brutal traffickers, but many are there out of a lack of options. And even if most were there of their own free will, it only makes the “willing” prostituted women exceedingly selfish to be part of an industry that continues to lead to the rape of uncounted women and girls each day. You are simply shameful John Kane. Shame on you.

HERE IT IS!  I found it – – yes, that’s me!  This is what Brian complained about!

Shame on me!

Brian Victor is a man who I have argued back and forth with via email about this issue.  So, I will take the liberty and include what he said in a comment in this broader context – – Brian and I have had amazing conversations.  He is very religious.  He said he has a role in the U.S. military regarding the issue of trafficking.  He has given speeches and he shared one with me.   His speech was a series of three or four sad stories about anecdotal situations he learned about from the internet, the standard abused young girl stories. Brian’s main complaint seems to be that I am “misrepresentative and disrespectful” toward NGOs.  When I reviewed what I said the main point, in fact the only point, I made about NGOs is that they are saying extreme, sensational, and even untrue stories about their issue of choice and they do that because they want donations. If it is true it is not disrespectful to say it. If it is true it should be exposed so we can reorganize our thoughts regarding issues that deserve our support. Yes, NGOs do disrespect themselves with self serving lies. Regarding exaggeration and, yes, lies by NGO websites, it has been proven over and over again that this is true.  The social panic regarding this issue has been exposed many times especially in the past year.  People’s common sense is waking up to what they see and hear about trafficking of people.  It is a faux-issue not unlike so many other issues we are taught to fear in America, sometimes called the “land of the brave.”  America is rife with social panic issues.  Trafficking is one of them.  See more here. I suggest there are two reasons for this.

 First, NGOs want to further the success of their mission – and honesty be damned.

Am I being disrespectful if I say that NGOs lack basic ethics if they exaggerate and even lie?  We are talking about compassionate zealots for their cause.  Not only are they zealots but many have no real experience in the grander world outside America and are simply repeating the extreme narrative of another zealot.

Here is a quote from the May 21, 2014 edition of Newsweek Magazine about discredited Somaly Mam: Daniela Papi, founder of PEPY, an organization that promotes education and youth leadership, argues that those doing heroic aid work become immune to criticism.  At the heart of the questions surrounding Somaly Mam is a debate within the nonprofit sector on the acceptable tactics for fundraising and educating the public. For a long time, there has been a strong push to move away from using children to raise funds. “If your goal is fundraising, you actually have an incentive to pull out the most gory story,” Papi explains, “and so we get completely false realities of the world.” And from the same article: Experts in sex trafficking say that while it is a problem, the scale and dynamics of the situation are often misunderstood, in part because of lurid, sensationalistic stories such as those told by Mam and her “girls.”  Sébastien Marot, the executive director of Friends International, an organization that helps train and educate children in precarious situations, posted a response on the organization’s website: “A large number of organizations get sucked into using children to raise funds: making them talk about the abuse they survived in front of a camera, having their picture in a pitiful situation published for everyone to see. In worst cases, the truth is distorted or the stories invented to attract more compassion and money

This is the entire Newsweek article, click here:

Second, NGOs staff want a paycheck.  It’s an anti-sex industry, like any other business.      

No donations mean no paycheck!  Some NGO blogs are operated by one or two people who might be considered hobbyists.  They enjoy the process of having a blog.   They have latched on to an issue du jour they can run with, trafficking, and make some money.  Next year it might be some other issue or a different hobby.  Frankly I hope so.  I hope it will be a different social panic. Some NGOs and their blogs are run by wealthy organizations with government help.  Polaris fits this description.  Most likely large NGOs have many paid staff and some are probably paid very well.  During the Somaly Mam expose people who were familiar with her work commented that they knew she lived very well and always traveled first class.  The largest organizations have the most incentive to ramp up in every possible way the importance of their mission, even if their stories are highly exaggerated, to keep money coming in. Please note, there is no place here for you to give me a donation.  Maybe I will ask for my expenses later – maybe!  

Brian’s comment does more to show the gulf between two ways of thinking about this issue than I can ever do myself.  I grant you that, among American’s at least, I am in the minority, but it is a good, thoughtful minority.  Academics often show a far more thoughtful, civil rights and migration approach to the issue of trafficking of people.

Shame explained – – 

I’m shamed!  Right Brian.  You finally got that out.  Please understand that, from my point of view, religious people are in the business of shoveling out shame in big doses hoping people will accept it. I do not accept your shovel load of shame. There would be no issue over gay marriage, for example, if there had not been years of shame shoveled by religion.  Happy young couples planning to get married would never live together before marriage – quite common these days – if the religious shovel loads of shame still worked as intended.  Shame is something other people hand out and it is up to you to accept it, or not.  Shame is one of religion’s strongest traditional tools to get its way. Brian, his serious religious friends, and his friends among the anti-sex feminists just don’t get it.  They are busy shoveling that shame and haven’t taken even a minute to realize that other cultures and other people are not interested in America’s sex culture. So, shame on me.  Toss me a shovel load if you wish, but I reject it.

Other countries do not have the same prudish sex culture common in America.  

Americans are the weird ones regarding modern day sex (MDS).  Many bloggers and trafficking zealots are longing for a return to the 1950s.  Sorry, it ain’t gonna happen!  

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