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Anti-porn message spread at Parachute

Published: 3:11PM Saturday January 26, 2013 Source: ONE News

Parachute is typically all about rock and roll without the sex and drugs, but this year the Christian music festival is adding sex to the line-up.

American-based internet church xxxchurch.com is taking on the x-rated movie industry, and is spreading its message at this weekend's festival in Hamilton.

The organisation started out 10 years ago targeting adult entertainment expos with the message of God and dishing out aptly named Bibles - 'Jesus loves porn stars'.

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Former porn star Stephanie Swift says xxxchurch helped her out of the industry.

"I'm a completely different person now and I don't even remember that person I was," she said.

Now xxxchurch wants to establish a branch in New Zealand and is eyeing up August's Erotica Expo in Auckland to launch its message.

Organiser Steve Crow says the adult industry doesn't need saving but he will welcome the church members to his show.

"I believe in freedom of expression. I don't believe in censorship, so for me to say they couldn't come would be me censoring them and I don't believe in that."

Porn is the most popular subject for surfers on the net and every day more than 250 new porn sites are created.

Larson says his message isn't wasted at Parachute and Christians are just as vulnerable to internet porn addiction as non-believers.

Tens of thousands of people have gathered at Mystery Creek in Hamilton for the sellout festival - the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Gates opened yesterday morning and more than 25,000 people are expected to turn out for the various concerts over the weekend.

This year Parachute wristbands are replacing cash, with punters able to load their bands with credit and swipe them to make purchases while at the festival.

The festival is a family-friendly event, free of alcohol and other drugs, and the rules state "it is not allowed to share a tent with someone of the opposite gender if you're not married".

Parachute runs until midnight tomorrow.

 

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