According to Bob Peters of Morality in Media, our nation is facing a moral crisis, including, among other things, teen promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS), abortion, illegitimacy, divorce, sexual abuse of children, rape, trafficking in women and children, on-the-job sexual harassment and lost worker productivity. And what is fueling this crisis is the spread of hardcore pornography, on the Internet and elsewhere.
That’s why one week every October we observe White Ribbon Against Pornography week, where people display white ribbons and inform their public officials about the harms of pornography and the need to enforce our obscenity laws.
The 22nd annual WRAP week runs Sunday, October 25 through Sunday, November 1st, and its chief promoter is Morality in Media. (Resources for individuals and groups can be found at www.moralityinmedia.org under “WRAP Campaign” and include information about ordering white ribbons, sample letters to Attorney General Holder and state prosecutors, and sample prayers and sermons.
If you think about it, someone is going to define the culture. The Porn Industry and their friends at the ACLU seek an America where there are no legal limits on pornography – no limit to how graphic it may be, no limit to the people it can exploit for profit, including children.
And they’re winning, not because what they’re doing is legal, but because they’re getting away with it. But the Supreme Court has ruled that obscenity laws can be enforced against “hardcore pornography” when a jury finds the material appeals to the prurient interest, is patently offensive, and lacks serious value.
So it doesn’t matter what the Porn Industry or the ACLU thinks. All that matters is what a jury thinks, and that means ultimately it’s up to the American people to decide what’s illegal or not.
But the people become disenfranchised when obscenity laws are not vigorously enforced.
Our voice is the jury verdict. Without obscenity prosecutions there are no juries, and no juries mean no verdicts, and no verdicts mean the people have no voice. And that leaves the Porn Industry to set the standards for the culture.
An important way to attack the moral crisis is so simple it’s deceptive: enforcement of our already-existing obscenity laws.
We call on President Obama and Attorney General Holder give us back our voice, and to vigorously enforce this nation’s obscenity laws.