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Pornography often leads to rape; child-porno often leads to child-rape; and the rape of the younger sometimes leads to the rape of the older, and vice-versa. While expounding the Seventh Commandment: "You shall not be sexually unclean!" – the Westminster Larger Catechism 139opq in the same breath condemns "adultery, fornication, rape, incest, sodomy and all unnatural lusts" – together with all "lascivious…pictures…and other provocation to…acts of uncleanness…. Ezekiel 23:14-16 & Mark 6:22."
Yet rape, child-molestation, robbery and kidnapping are transgressions of the Sixth Commandment ("you shall not murder!") even more than they are of the Seventh or Eighth Commandments ("you shall not wrongfully copulate!" and "you shall not steal!"). Accordingly, being crimes of violence (unlike fornication and pilfering) – rape, child-molestation and robbery all deserve the death penalty.