To say that one may avoid further offense by turning off the radio
when he hears indecent language is like saying that the remedy for an
assault is to run away after the first blow.
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
People who watch hard-core sex films may be wasting their lives,
damaging their morals, or ruining their personal relationships. They are
not doing any harm to innocent people, which is more than can be said
for the government's crusaders against pornography.
Syndicated columnist Stephen Chapman.
What the right wing calls 'pornography' is merely
constitutionally-protected sexually explicit material. Anyone who tries to
interfere with the production, distribution, or consumption of this type
of artwork is a censor who is against personal freedom, plain and simple.
One of the most ridiculous claims made by these censors is that there
is any connection whatever between explicit material and violence of any
This is why such pro-libertarian organizations like the American Civil
Liberties Union, Americans for Constitutional Freedom, and People for the
American Way defend the right of anyone to distribute and read sexually
The Porn Profiteers.
It is not at all surprising that those who disavow the connection
between porn and violence are usually those who grow rich by it. The porn
pushers as a class simply ignore or discount the pervasive evidence
showing the many connections between their "product" and the ills of
This is precisely the same mindset that afflicts homosexuals and
abortionists: A purposeful and deliberate rejection of any hard evidence
that damages their position and an embracing of a nebulous philosophy that
states "The issue is not (pick one: abortion, homosexuality, pornography):
it is freedom!"
Indeed, pornography can only exist under the protection of the umbrella
of 'free speech.' It is not art, nor is it a unique form of communication,
nor is it a specialized type of literature. It is, quite simply,
degradation in print and picture.
The Degraded Have Little Voice.
And who is degraded? As always, obviously, it is those least able to
defend themselves women and children are the victims, used primarily for
the sexual satisfaction of men. Only if the porn kings can continue to
convince the public that censorship of the things we hate will
eventually lead to censorship of the things we cherish will they be
able to continue their 'filthy rich' business.
It is therefore not surprising that their most effective ploy has been
to muddy the waters by wrapping themselves in the American flag and
posturing as champions of free speech and freedom of artistic expression.
However, even as they declare that any form of expression is
protected speech, the porn kings ruthlessly pillory and censor those who
use the same free speech rights to speak out against them.
The Porn King's Version Of
Denying the Connections.
There is a crushing mountain of evidence that clearly connects
pornography to sexual abuse, rape, murder, and other violence. The porn
kings and their supporters know this, in the same manner that abortion
supporters know that abortion kills babies. However, the abortionists and
pornographers defend their 'industries' like cornered rats, because to
admit the truth would be to admit their own guilt and culpability.
For example, in the Summer 1989 issue of the Free Inquiry, a
periodical published by the Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism (CUDASH),
Vern L. Bullough insists that "Sexual abuse of children is declining" and
that it really isn't the problem that "right wing, Bible-beating fanatics"
say it is.
Bullough bases his conclusions on "all the indices we can
establish." Of course, he didn't mentioned what indices he was talking
about in his paper, which did not have a single footnote or reference!
Obviously, research is likely to be of this "quality" when one has a heavy
vested interest in the topic one is "researching." The same principle
holds true for abortionists and cigarette manufacturers.
Chapter 41 of Volume II, "The Child Abuse Connection to Abortion,"
shows that the incidence of child abuse and child murder in this country
has increased by more than 400 percent since 1970.
The pornographers offer other laughable 'research' to 'support' their
views. Dr. O. Elthammer of the Stockholm Child Psychiatric Department
showed children as young as eleven movies of a woman being gang-raped by
drunks and then by their dogs. He then reported that he had "proved
conclusively" that pornography "does not have a corrupting effect," and
that "None of the children was frightened during or after the film, but a
proportion of the older girls did admit to being shocked."
'Pornography Reduces Rape.'
Another porn pusher with utter contempt for unfavorable evidence is Al
Goldstein, the ultrarich publisher of Screw Magazine. In a February
15, 1989 nationally-syndicated column, he baldly asserted that
"Non-violent pornography can help reduce the rate of rape." Goldstein also
stated as fact that sex crimes decreased in Denmark when pornography was
legalized there in 1967.
Not surprisingly, Goldstein's statements were quickly proven to be
outright, barefaced lies. The 1977 Statistical Yearbook of Denmark
showed that, ten years after pornography was legalized in Denmark,
forcible rape had increased 300 percent, venereal disease more than 300
percent, and illegitimate births more than 200 percent during the previous
The Scandinavian "Sex Paradise."
The porn pushers frequently cite the example of their treasured
Scandinavian "sex paradise." They not only perpetuate this myth in their
magazines and movies, but falsify statistics from Scandinavian countries
to support their untenable positions. If we were to believe Goldstein and
his contemptible ilk, pornography was the best thing ever to happen to
Sweden and Denmark.
In Sweden, six million hardcore porn magazines are sold openly and
legally every year. Since there is absolutely no limit on the type of
material that may be sold, these 'skin mags' depict the full range of
perversions, including sadism, rape, bondage, bestiality, and pedophilia.
What has this 'blessing' of porn done for Sweden?
Recently, the chairman of Sweden's ultraliberal Sex Ed Association
admitted that; "We had hoped that liberalization [of pornography] would
lead to the open and honest portrayal of all aspects of sexuality.
Instead, the sex capitalists move in and what we got was pornography,
which was cold, mechanical, violent and degrading."
So much for the salubrious effects of porn!
The Reaction to the Attorney
General's Pornography Commissions.
The 1970 Commission.
The first Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, convened in
1970, reported that porn was a "cathartic," and that it posed no
particular menace to society.
Naturally, the pornographers were ecstatic about this conclusion, and
proceeded to flood the country with perversions that nobody had ever
imagined. Neoliberals, of course, hailed this Commission as "prophetic,"
"courageous," and "forward-looking."
The 1986 Commission.
Perhaps nothing made Attorney General Edwin Meese more a pariah to the
Left than the activities of his 1986 Commission on Pornography. This
Commission report concluded that the 1970 Commission report was "starkly
obsolete," thereby removing the smut peddler's 'moral' justification to do
whatever they wanted.
The vehemence of the Neoliberal's reaction to the very existence
of the Pornography Commission, as described below, demonstrates
conclusively several points;
• The Neoliberals know that, if they can conceal their seamy and
repulsive activities from the public, general apathy (and therefore
general inaction) will continue. Therefore, they oppose open discussion
of any topic which may result in setbacks to their causes;
• The Neoliberals like to wrap themselves in the sacred cloth of
'free speech' by whining that any attempt to curtail damaging Neoliberal
activities is both unethical and un-American; and
• The Neoliberals are utterly close-minded about their 'pet' issues,
Neoliberals Try to Suppress the Commission.
The Neoliberal uproar caused by the mere convening of the Commission
and its lawful activities was positively comical in its vehemence and
Ultraliberal pro-abort actor Ed Asner told the Arkansas chapter of the
ACLU that Attorney General Ed Meese was a "walking obscenity," and that
"Invasions of privacy have been made to seem patriotic by Santa Ronnie
At the Attorney General's Commission hearings in New York, Harvard law
professor Alan Dershowitz testified on behalf of Penthouse Magazine
by calling the Commission "One of the most un-American activities I have
witnessed." He said that Commission members
... have allied themselves with some of the most repressive,
un-American elements in society. This whole thing has been like the
Soviet Union holding hearings on how the Bible causes perversion and
violence ... You hold these hearings and invite every sort of sickie and
born-again to come in and blame their problems on devil pornography.
In a February 1986 interview, Playboy king Hugh Hefner stated
Largely because of the fundamentalist religion thing that is going on
... there is a very anti-sexual kind of position ... And the anti-porn
movement that is now reflected in the federal government. You've got a
sexual McCarthyism going on right now with statements from the Surgeon
General and the Justice Department and this Mickey Mouse committee
they're sending around the country.
Attorneys for Playboy, Playgirl, and Penthouse
magazines, and the American Magazine Association even threatened the
individual members of the Attorney General's Commission with a $30 million
lawsuit for the heinous crime of (gasp!) "... putting them under
Don Wildmon, executive director of the American Family Association
(then the National Federation for Decency) is the country's most
experienced and effective porn fighter. Therefore, when he testified
before the Commission, he was subjected to attacks as vicious as those
leveled against the Attorney General.
Playboy and Penthouse magazines, the American Booksellers
Association, and the Council for Periodical Distributors filed suit in
Federal court against the Commission in an attempt to censor Wildmon's
testimony. Curiously, the plaintiffs did not feel that it was necessary to
censor the testimony of any of the other dozens of persons who spoke at
length to the Commission they only went after Wildmon, whose testimony
they considered most damaging to their own cause.
Arthur J. Kropp, president of People for the American Way, sneered that
"Wildmon can find an anti-family conspiracy in a test pattern." Oren
Teicher, director for 'Americans' for Constitutional Freedom, said that
"What Wildmon is doing is no different than what the Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini did when he tried to suppress the sale of Salman Rushdie's
The ACLU on Parade.
The Porn King's Best Friend.
It was certainly no surprise to see the American Civil Liberties Union
defend the pornographers against the Commission, because the ACLU has
adopted as one of its official policies the legalization of all porn,
including the reprehensible "kiddie porn" so prevalent today (see Chapter
37 of Volume II, "The American Civil Liberties Union," for a partial
listing of the ACLU's goals).
However, even some ACLU supporters were dismayed at their
organization's unoriginal and clumsy methods. The ACLU, of course,
approves even of pornography that depicts small children having sex with
animals. Its mistake in this particular case was in not sticking to its
usual tactic of defending nebulous 'rights,' but instead coming right out
and being specific.
Everyone knows that being specific is death to the Neoliberals.
I Don't Wanna Hear It ...
The ACLU's legislative counsel, Barry Lynn, was particularly
close-minded in his testimony before the Commission and the press. He
stated that a major national discussion that "... begins with the
erroneous assumption that explicit sexual speech is a major national
problem ... poses great, great dangers to the First Amendment." In
other words, the ACLU doesn't even want the public to discuss the
Lynn moaned that "Much of the hoopla seems designed to scare the
producers and distributors of sexually explicit materials, which is the
kind of chilling effect we were afraid of."
Lynn also boasted to ABC television that "What I deny is that no study
now or ever will demonstrate that those people [sex abusers] are caused to
be the kind of people they are because they look at pornography." In
other words, Lynn says that the ACLU will never be convinced of
anything that it doesn't want to be convinced of. It will never be
moved from its position.
This is the very definition of a closed mind.
Liberals (and, in particular, the ACLU) laugh at the idea that porn has
any influence on kids. Strangely, they simultaneously demand that no trace
of religion appear in our textbooks, and that no teacher even dare to
mention God for fear of "corrupting" school kids.
Apparently, the ACLU and its toadies believe that only religious
material has any undesirable effects on people.
'The Government Has No Interest.'
Naturally, the ACLU believes that the government has no legitimate
interest in restricting pornography at all, as was demonstrated when
Pornography Commission Chairman Henry Hudson posed a question to the
ACLU's Jane Whicher. Hudson asked her "If a young person on the way home
from school encounters an adult, and the adult gives him a piece of
literature that portrays sodomy and portrays bestiality with a child 12
years old, you don't think the government has any interest whatsoever in
And Whicher answered simply, "No, I don't."
Why the ACLU Defends Porn.
Even some Neoliberals were confused at the extreme reaction of the ACLU
to the very existence of the AG's Porn Commission until it was revealed in
testimony that the ACLU's Women's Project had received generous amounts of
money for years from the Playboy Foundation.
For example, the inside back cover of the American Civil Liberties
Union's Reproductive Freedom Project 1981 publication "Women's Guide to
Reproductive Rights" proclaims "Printing donated by the Playboy
This and other revelations irritated the ACLU beyond even the ability
of its prolix vocabulary to express.
We should not be surprised by the strength of the ACLU-porn connection.
The ACLU has declared that defending abortion is its "number one national
priority." Pro-lifers know how abortion allows men to use women (or, more
specifically, their sex organs, which abortion conveniently renders
barren) for their own gratification. Porn allows men to use women
Therefore, the ACLU is being entirely consistent in defending it.
The Abortion-Porn Connection.
Not only does porn enhance the ability of men to indirectly
control and enslave women by degrading them, its producers directly
contribute to this oppression by giving lots of money to abortion pushers.
Many pro-abortion groups are lavishly funded by pornographers. One
example of this connection was the huge fundraiser held for the National
Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) at the Chicago Playboy Mansion on
October 20, 1979, The dinner, disco dance and swim party was hosted by
Christie Hefner, and was sponsored by 'Good Catholic' Phil Donohue.
The invitation stated that the Playboy Foundation was "supporting
through grants and technical assistance" among others, the American Civil
Liberties Union and the ACLU's Roger Baldwin Foundation; 'Catholics' for a
Free Choice; the Center for Constitutional Rights; the Ms.
Foundation Pro-Choice Project; the National Abortion Federation; the
National Abortion Rights Action League; the amusingly-named Parent's Aid
Center (headed by abortionist Bill Baird); the 'Religious' Coalition for
Abortion Rights; and Voters for Choice.
Other groups that the Playboy Foundation has supported with tens of
thousands of dollars include the National Organization for Women, the
National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Action Alliance, and
EMILY's List (a political fundraising group that supports only
pro-abortion women candidates).
It is also very interesting to note that most of the members of the
pro-pornography group National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) are
also members of the 'Religious' Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR).
Members of NCAC include the organizations listed below. Those groups
listed with an asterisk (*) are also members of the 'Religious' Coalition
for Abortion Rights. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is,
of course, the country's largest abortionist.
MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS OF THE NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST CENSORSHIP
United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications *
National Council of the Churches of Christ *
American Ethical Union *
Unitarian Universalist Association *
American Jewish Congress *
American Jewish Committee
National Council of Jewish Women
Union of American Hebrew Congregations *
American Civil Liberties Union
People for the American Way
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
National Education Association
American Library Association
Note: Those groups that are marked with an asterisk (*) are
also member organizations of the 'Religious' Coalition for Abortion
The "Mainline" Media's Reaction.
As predicted, the mainline media savagely assailed the results of the
Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, because it perceives that
any limitation on the distribution of printed or visual material poses
a direct threat to its virtually unlimited freedom.
For example, Newsweek magazine, in its March 18, 1985 issue,
decisively took the side of the pornographers. In a long cover story
entitled "The War Against Pornography," the writers denounced anti-porn
"crusaders" as "a threat to the First Amendment." In direct contradiction
to the results of its own polls that showed only 16 percent of Americans
favor no restrictions on porn, the writers said that "clear majorities"
favor the sale of X-rated movies and magazines.
It is really not at all surprising that those who exploit and use
people for a living should feel free to lie to them as well.
The Neofeminist Position.
The current crop of Neofeminists generally condemn pornography only
if it contains an unacceptable level of violence or coercion directed
towards women. They do not particularly care if small boys are molested.
It is amusing (in a perverse way) that the Neofeminist movement helped to
usher in pornography and now roundly condemns entire categories of porn
because they lead to the widespread exploitation of women.
No one with common sense believes that a society can embrace abortion,
sodomy, institutionalized child molestation, bestiality, and other
physical evils without the accompanying graphic description of these evils
in print and picture. All societies are given just two alternatives in
this real-life moral and ethical multiple-choice examination: All of the
above, or none of the above. No other alternatives are given or are even
The Pornographers Ridicule
The Bible = Pornography.
Since their only real opposition comes from church-based groups, the
pornographers relentlessly and viciously attack the Church and its moral
stands. The standards set forth in the Bible are anathema to them, and so
they have performed an absolutely breathtaking moral inversion by labeling
the Bible "pornographic."
When Sol Gordon, veteran Planned Parenthood masturbation pusher,
received the "coveted" Raymond E. Bragg Award for Scholarly Contribution
and Personal Commitment to Humanism in 1985, he said that "The Bible is
one of the most masochistic, pornographic things we have ... If I was to
talk about the real threat to women [other than pornography], I would talk
about some of the influences in the Bible ... Those are some of the much
more serious threats than pornography."
At the same awards ceremony and panel, Gina Allen, former director of
the American Humanist Association, said that
Actually, I take them [Bibles] out of hotels because I wouldn't want
a child to get hold of this pornographic book. Pornography is a symptom
of a sick society a society based on this book. Stories in the Bible are
forerunners of the famous Hustler cover that shows a woman being put
through a meat grinder. This is what we learn from this book that tells
us how to rape, how to stone women and children, how to burn women as
witches, and so on ... The Lord God invented women as a gadget a useful
gadget for men's pleasure and use. You take this gadget and you screw it
on the bed and it does the housework.
Not only is Allen a dismal Bible scholar, but her profound lack of
self-esteem and loathing of her own gender shows through when she
describes herself and all other women as "gadgets."
In its August 1987 Australian edition, Penthouse suggested that
"ordinary people like you and me" have sex with animals and that "Maybe
it's time the Old Testament was banned not only from the bedroom but from
the barnyard as well." The following month, the magazine published a
"how-to" guide on statutory rape entitled "How To Feel Sweet Sixteen
Again." This 'Guide' suggested that pedophiles get jobs at all-girls
schools, and described how to lure young girls to motel rooms and destroy
their inhibitions with alcohol and drugs.
And so, we have arrived at the point where a teacher who reads out of a
Bible will be fired by the school and prosecuted by the American Civil
Liberties Union for violation of the First Amendment, while a teacher
displaying pornography in the next classroom will be defended by the same
organization under the same Amendment.
It has never been more obvious that those who fall away from Biblical
morality dive directly into a cesspool of perversions that would make any
self-respecting animal vomit. Incredibly, some of these
pornographers, these people who have sex with underage children and
animals, call themselves "good Christians."
This mindset is the ultimate example of how thoroughly some people can
Pornographic Attacks On Christian Symbols.
One very effective tactic used by an organization that wants to
stimulate social change is to indirectly attack an institution by
ridiculing its symbols and connecting them to reprehensible practices.
Pornographers frequently depict Santa Claus, an indirect Christian
symbol, as a cannibal, child molester, child killer, and as having sex
with animals. A January 1979 Playboy magazine cartoon shows him
having intercourse with one of his reindeers. A December 1977 Penthouse
cartoon shows a snarling Santa, holding a smoking automatic rifle in his
hands, standing over a sprawled dead child saturated with blood. Santa is
saying "That'll teach you to be a good boy."
As always, the religious right and associated groups are mocked. Named
or stereotyped clergymen and members of the Moral Majority are constantly
depicted in bed with or molesting little girls and boys. The most famous
recent example of such slander is Hustler's cartoon of Jerry
Falwell having sex with his own mother in an outhouse.
The April 1987 Penthouse features a cartoon of the Last Supper.
A huge cake is centered on the table, and a nude woman and three armed
Roman soldiers are emerging from it. Jesus has a big smile on His face and
His arm is around Judas. He says "Damn, Judas! You really know how to
betray a guy!"
From Bad Assumptions to Outright Lies.
Some pro-pornography organizations and individuals, in their mad rush
to discredit conservative and religious groups, unhesitatingly go far
beyond stating unwarranted assumptions to outright, bare-faced lies.
For example, on October 24, 1990, Julianne Ross Davis, general counsel
for the National Endowment for the Arts, attacked the American Family
Association in an address to the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
She charged that
The American Family Association ... has a 24-point political agenda
it would like to see attained by the year 2000. It includes the
elimination of democracy, elimination of public schools, advocates that
astrologers, adulterers, blasphemers, homosexuals, and incorrigible
children be executed, preferably by stoning. That's one of our enemies.
This is true.
When members of the public and of Congress objected to Davis' lies, NEA
Chairman John Frohnmeyer vigorously defended her by stating under oath
that Davis presented "... the views and position of the NEA. In fact, the
statements that Ms. Davis made during the public presentation that the
plaintiffs complain of were not only part of her official duties, but are
also exactly the type of speech that she is employed to perform."
Ironically, Davis was a Federal government worker earning more than
$77,000 annually. This is yet another example of public tax dollars being
used to undermine conservative values.
These forthright Neoliberal lies have two purposes. The basic idea is
to intimidate believers from taking useful action (1) by ridiculing any
type of faith in God that might lead to Christian action against
Neoliberalism, and (2) by slandering, stereotyping, and painting with a
broad brush a very sizable population of believers as mentally unstable.
References: Defenders of Pornography.
 Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, quoted in "Turn it Off?"
American Family Association Journal, May 1989, page 9.
 Syndicated columnist Stephen Chapman. "Troops in U.S. War on
Pornography Don't Always Care About Taking Prisoners." The Oregonian,
October 8, 1991, page B7.
 "Humanist Publication Downplays Child Abuse." National Federation
for Decency Journal, April 1985, page 4.
 "Newsweek Coverage Scores One for Pornographers." National
Federation for Decency Journal, September 1985, page 12.
 News of Interest. "Asner Calls AG Meese 'Walking Obscenity.'"
National Federation for Decency Journal, February 1987, page 12.
 "Harvard Law Professor Testifies for Pornographers." National
Federation for Decency Journal, April 1986, page 20.
 "Hefner Speaks Unkindly About the Morals of Others." National
Federation for Decency Journal, April 1986, pages 15 and 16.
 Interview with Jonathan Roberts, as reported in "Sweden's Attitude
Toward Pornography is Changing." National Federation for Decency
Journal, April 1986, page 5.
 Tom Shales. "Wildmon Denies He's Acting As Censor." The
Oregonian, June 22, 1989, page D9.
 "ACLU Opposes Study on Pornography." National Federation for
Decency Journal, April 1985, page 14.
 "Attorney General Makes Promise to Prosecute Obscenity 'With
Vengeance.'" National Federation for Decency Journal,
November/December 1986, page 1.
 "ACLU Defends Child Pornography." National Federation for Decency
Journal, September 1986, page 9.
 "ACLU Wants Government to Ignore Child Porn." National Federation
for Decency Journal, January 1986, page 12.
 "Media Fails to Give All the Facts Concerning ACLU." National
Federation for Decency Journal, May/June 1986, page 8.
 Elizabeth Moore. "Playboy and National Abortion Rights
Action League Host Fundraiser." ALL About Issues, November 1979,
 Doug LeBlanc. "Bunny Money: Playboy Foundation Underwrites the
Sexual Revolution." World Magazine, January 9, 1993, pages 10 and
 "United Methodist, Other Religious Groups Oppose Fight Against
Pornography." American Family Association Journal, January 1990,
 "Humanists Say Bible is Pornographic: Gordon: Bible More Serious
Threat Than Porn." National Federation for Decency Journal,
September 1985, page 12.
 Don Feder. "Merchants of Porn Strike Back at Critic." American
Family Association Journal, January 1989, page 19.
 This cartoon is reproduced on page 31 of the May/June 1987 issue
of the National Federation for Decency Journal.
 "AFA Sues General Counsel." The Wanderer, December 6, 1990,
 "Federal Judge Restrains NEA's Top Lawyer on AFA Comments."
American Family Association Journal, July 1991, page 10.
Further Reading: Defenders of Pornography.
Final Report of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.
Rutledge Hill Press, 513 Third Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee
37210. 1986, 571 pages. This work is divided into five sections. These are
entitled "Overview and Analysis of Commission Findings;" "Law Enforcement
Recommendations;" "Pornography and Society," which includes victim
testimony, the use of performers, porn's connections to organized crime,
the regulation of porn, First Amendment considerations, and the production
and distribution of porn; "The Commissioners," and "Reference Material."
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