Given all the debauchery set to happen in Tampa this week—even though the party’s Mormon nominee’s lips aren’t allowed to taste beer or cigarettes or even coffee, which is, frankly, weird—we thought we’d begin by highlighting an email that landed in our inbox this morning from a group called Morality in Media titled, “P*rn [sic] targeted in GOP platform.” (Porn, see, is a word that might offend reporters’ virgin eyes and thus needs to be asterisked, even though this group's website is called pornharms.com, which in fact has that dirty, dirty word right there in the title, for all to see. Won’t somebody please think of the children?)
Shockingly, this group believes that looking at naked ladies (or naked dudes—especially naked dudes) is bad for you, and the government should do something about it. (The anti-porn platform language was inserted—sorry—by none other than Tony Perkins, leader of the anti-gay “hate group” Family Research Council, who apparently gets to dictate GOP positions on social issues these days.)
REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM CHANGE TARGETS ILLEGAL ADULT PORNOGRAPHY
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 27, 2012) – "A change in the Republican Party Platform to target illegal adult pornography is an exceedingly positive development that will protect children, as well as families from the scourge of hardcore pornography," said Patrick A. Trueman, president of Morality In Media (MIM).
“Distribution of obscene or hardcore pornography on the Internet is a violation of current federal law,” explained Trueman. “Yet, most children in America have free access to obscene pornography as soon as they learn how to use a computer. The average age of first exposure to obscene Internet pornography is now eleven,” Trueman said.
The new language replaces previous platform wording, which only opposed child pornography. It will now read, "Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced." Trueman noted that current federal obscenity laws not only prohibit distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet but also on hotel/motel TV, on cable/satellite TV, and in retail shops.
"We are most grateful to Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council who led the effort to get the tough new language into the platform," said Trueman. “Without enforcement of federal obscenity laws, pornographers have had a green light to target our children and families,” he added.
America is suffering an untreated pandemic of harm from pornography, which touches nearly every family in America. Research shows that children and adults are developing life-long addictions to pornography; there is a very substantial increase in demand for child pornography because many adult-porn users are finding that they are no longer excited by adult images; on average four out of five 16 year-olds now regularly access pornography online; 56% of divorces cite Internet pornography as a major factor in the breakup of the marriage; girls consuming pornography are several times more likely to engage in group sex than those who do not; significant and growing numbers of men in their twenties are developing “porn-induced sexual dysfunction.”
In 2010, Morality In Media initiated The War On Illegal Pornography coalition, a program to get federal laws on adult pornography vigorously enforced. This came after repeated attempts to influence the U. S. Department of Justice to enforce existing obscenity laws, which were passed by Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. MIM’s broad, bipartisan coalition of 127 national, state and local groups has gained the support of nearly half of the U.S. Senate and many members of the House. Trueman adds, "Family Research Council is one of the most active participants in the coalition. Tony Perkins’ leadership has contributed to much of our success over the past two years.”
If we see Tony Perkins or Patrick Trueman at Mons, we’ll let you know.