Pressure is mounting to enforce ‘obscenity laws’
Orlando Christian News Examiner
February 15, 2011
Here, there and ‘everywhere’ is the lure of pornography, enticing both the unwitting and those who have succumbed to its trap. Obscenity laws against distribution of porn are on the books, yet not being enforced. Now there is a contingent of Christian activists, Congress and civil groups who want action against the growing poison of pornography.
The First Amendment does not cover obscenity laws. According to federal laws, obscene pornography cannot be distributed on the Internet, through the post office, in retail outlets or on cable and satellite TV. That hasn’t stopped a growing accessibility to porn and the lack of prosecution for those who make it so readily available. In fact, no new indictments have been made in the last two years.
Leading the charge in this effort is Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Reps. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and Randy Forbes, R-Va., along with sixty national state groups, like CitizenLink. Together, this powerful coalition is the ‘War on Illegal Pornography,’ and they are pressuring U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to crackdown on ‘illegal obscene content’ that is easily accessible to anyone.
‘Morality in Media’ founded this coalition that is informing and organizing the masses to send a letter to their Senators, giving more power behind the pressure geared to Holder. “The nation is flooded with illegal adult pornography in almost every medium which is providing fuel to the fire of child pornography, destruction of marriages and families, addiction of children and adults, and an increase in sex trafficking, yet the U.S. Department of Justice has not indicted any distributers of such material in the past two years,” said Patrick Trueman, Morality in Media CEO and former chief of the Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.
Cheryl Weinstein of the Washington Times said it well in her opinion piece: “Pornography polluting U.S. like Gulf spill.”