The phrase "practice what you preach" might be a simple idiom to some, but in Todd Greiner's
case, it's something he
congregation are putting to task.
Greiner, pastor of the Community of Faith Church, located just south of Herrin on Route 148, is urging his church members to approach local gas stations and movie stores, including many in Herrin, in an attempt to remove pornographic materials from their shelves.
The movement, known as Citizens Against Pornography, started about four months ago when Greiner
began to preach about what he
saw as the ills of pornography.
said the addictive nature of pornography is something that can destroy families and marriages.
"It's an enormous problem in this country and all over the world, and there is very little said about it," Greiner
"Pornography is every bit as addictive as drugs."
Greiner said that as he has researched the statistics on pornography, he has been surprised by how unnoticed it goes in society.
"Nobody is saying anything about it," he
"It goes unresisted and unchallenged."
The group doesn't expect to put an end to all pornography, and Greiner
said the group's impact mostly will be local.
added that as long as the church makes a small difference, it will be doing its part.
"We are going to put a full-page out in The Southern Illinoisan, and we are going to list the businesses who do sell pornography, and we are going to encourage people not to patronize those businesses," Greiner
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