Adult movie star Ron Jeremy and pastor Craig Gross -- two master debaters -- took the stage Wednesday night as part of The Great Porn Debate.
Jeremy is one of the adult entertainment industry's most recognizable figures with one of its most recognizable physiques. Gross is the founder of Triple X Church, Strip Church and Fireproof Ministries.
Although a porn star-pastor debate might not sound like the stuff of Lincoln-Douglas, the two have produced lively and insightful discussions in the past. So there's not a lot of finger wagging and podium pounding -- they genuinely get along.
Here's a post from Gross after their September 2006 debate at James Madison University.
"After the debate, Ron and I headed to IHOP," Gross wrote.
That was after Gross picked up Jeremy in a rental car and trekked through a "ton of fog."
Neither participant takes himself too seriously. These two reasonable men debated Wednesday night in "The Great Porn Debate" at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus.
Next up for the traveling debaters is the University of Wisconsin on Nov. 11, where the subject of missionary positions is likely to come up in one form or another.
Let's take a look at the debate participants:
- Gross has 11,000 followers on Twitter. Jeremy has appeared in more than 1,000 adult films
- Gross authored a book titled, "Jesus Loves You, This I Know." Jeremy also wrote a book -- "The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz."
- Jeremy was featured on "Bunny Ranch: Vol. 1." Gross employs Rex the Rabbit to "help you navigate the issues of sex, porn and everything in between."
Gross also has Pete the Porn Puppet to spread the word.