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Santorum Says He Would Enforce US Obscenity Laws That Obama Ignores
MSNBC ^ | March 16, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty and Alex Moe

Posted on 03/16/2012 10:56:03 PM PDT by Steelfish

Santorum Says He Would Enforce US Obscenity Laws That Obama Ignores By NBC's Andrew Rafferty

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL -- Rick Santorum accused President Barack Obama of not enforcing the country's obscenity laws and said Friday that as chief executive he would crack down on illegal pornography.

Santorum found himself answering pornography questions during a stop at an Italian restaurant here after the discovery of a statement posted in his campaign website in which he asserts that "America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography." Recent reporting has shed light on the letter in which the former Pennsylvania senator vowed to "vigorously enforce" all the country's obscenity laws, though he said the statement was posted three weeks ago.

"We actually respond to questions that we get into our campaign when they say 'What are you going to do about these issues?' And when we respond we post them up on our website. And the response is, ‘we'll enforce the law,’" said Santorum.

"I don’t know what the hubbub about that is," he said. "We have a president who is not enforcing the law, and we will."

The candidate best known for espousing family values argues on his website that pornography causes changes in the brain to both children and adults, and contributes to violence against women, prostitution and sex trafficking. "The Obama administration has turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography," he wrote.

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To: OneHun
He disappeared, Could be busy watching liberal porn, the Tom Hanks / Obama re election video.
41 posted on 03/17/2012 3:03:19 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: KoRn
Why? He merely stated that he would enforce the law when asked that question. Do you think he would have been better off if he just said I don't give a shit about that issue? They lay land mines out there that have to be addressed because they are looking for trip wires.
42 posted on 03/17/2012 3:32:55 AM PDT by richardtavor
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To: org.whodat
And as to those that like kiddie porn, the Romans had a cure for that. Something to-do with a pike.

Head on or inserted in a painful place? Either works for me.

Personally, like you, I enjoy admiring the female form in various states of undress - prefer some clothing as I am a big fan of keeping the mystery going. Watching someone having sex though is a waste of my time - far better to go off and bother the wife.

Having said that though, I got no huge problem with people looking at porn. Their souls, their choice. Not something that is vital for the President to deal with. Heck, you can hardly watch a movie now without the obligatory and fairly graphic sex scene cropping up.

One thing surprised me. There is a thing called ethical porn (had to research it for an article). Reading that term, talk about a mental disconnect! Took me a day or so to even process the idea that porn can be ethical.

43 posted on 03/17/2012 3:47:15 AM PDT by EnglishCon (Gingrich/Santorum 2012.)
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To: reefdiver
"He disappeared, Could be busy watching liberal porn, the Tom Hanks / Obama re election video. "

LOL.  Or, maybe he is still searching FR to try to prove the impossible.

44 posted on 03/17/2012 3:52:23 AM PDT by OneHun
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To: Steelfish
Yep, Rick Santorum dares to acknowledge, we have one big filthy cesspool of a nation of sex addicts and perverts all with one goal in mind and heart - our children.

It is obvious, pornography has a death grip on many of the commenters of this post, too. And, I do mean death grip, both physically and spiritually. Why else would anyone deny that this is a most important issue.

We have laws for a reason and we have reason to have much more stringent enforcement of the laws relating to and governing the legality of pornography/obscenity. The very future of our nation and even the world rides on being moral and protecting life.

Morality in this nation is at the bottom of the scale. It really is disappointing to see how many people ignore the intent of pornography and the destruction it causes.

45 posted on 03/17/2012 3:53:06 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: Steelfish

(1) Even “soft” porn is harmful to everyone.
(2) All pornography desensitizes the viewer.
(3) Pornography is addictive.
(4) Pornography degrades marriages.
(5) Pornography increases crime in dangerous offenders.
(6) Pornography encourages and facilitates other crimes.

Reference. These impacts are also listed in The Hill-Link Minority Report of the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. A copy of this report, written in 1970, may be ordered from Morality in Media, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10115.

Pornography Directly Promotes Other Crimes.


The above section shows beyond the faintest shadow of a doubt that pornography users routinely engage in a wide range of violent and sadistic crimes, committed not only against themselves, but against other persons as well.

Child Molestation.

The pornography pushers also promote child molestation by trivializing sex acts between adults and children and by purposely blurring the line between adult sex and adults having sex with children.

Organizations such as the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and the Rene Guyon Society, both of which lobby for the elimination of age-of-consent laws, are involved heavily with the homosexual movement and with hard-core pornography.

For more details on the connection of child molestation to pornography and homosexuality, see Chapter 137, “Pornography and Child Molestation.”

However, it is also an established fact that porn kings use their great wealth and influence to directly promote illegal acts in their magazines, including the use of dangerous drugs. This is in keeping with their hedonistic, “anything goes” philosophy.

Drug Use.

According to Dr. Judith Reisman, the president of Washington's Institute for Media Education, the legalization of all types of drug use has been a primary financial, editorial, and legislative goal of the Playboy empire since 1966. The first indication that Playboy was going to champion drug use and legalization was in its September 1966 issue, when it interviewed Timothy Leary in a very ingratiating manner.

In 1970, the Playboy Foundation formally underwrote attorney Keith Stroup’s establishment of the National Organization for the Repeal of Marijuana Laws (NORML). In late 1971, the Foundation contributed $100,000, the first of many large periodic grants, to NORML for its 1972 pro-drug campaign.

Playboy has continued to infuse massive editorial and financial assistance to drug legalization since 1970. In 1973 and 1975, Playboy-backed NORML efforts resulted in the decriminalization of marijuana in Oregon and Alaska respectively. Playboy Magazine has published fictional stories lionizing drug-using heros, has printed drug-use charts, and has served as a platform for numerous pro-drug spokesmen, from Timothy Leary to All-American defensive back Don Rogers (who later died of a drug overdose).[13]


According to Congressional sources, illegal drugs are a $70 billion a year business. We now have 20 million people who use marijuana frequently, 7 million who use cocaine frequently, and half a million heroin addicts.[14] Our society is literally drowning in a flood of drugs, and no child is safe from drugs and molestation especially yours!

The very last thing we need is a group of rich lechers egging the drug pushers on with illogical rhetoric in their glossy, expensive magazines.



46 posted on 03/17/2012 4:06:38 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: freedumb2003
Frankly, in the scheme of things on a scale from 1 (least important) to 10 (metaphysical importance), porn rates a .0005

Yep, Rick's easy to sidetrack - just bring up a subject dealing with morality and/or Religion and he swallows the hook and all. I prefer a devout Christian as a leader, but he has to be able look at things with the prism of what's first on the importance scale. To Rick, this probably is important.

47 posted on 03/17/2012 4:23:07 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Steelfish

We have federal pornography laws? I thought they were State and local.

48 posted on 03/17/2012 4:35:07 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Steelfish

Great, another self-appointed regulator of the internet. What could go wrong?

49 posted on 03/17/2012 4:40:10 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Steelfish
Misdirecting campaign meme perpetuated by lefties of the day award!

: )

50 posted on 03/17/2012 4:41:57 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: GeronL
“illegal” pornography probably refers to kiddie porn.

He's not talking about child porn. Child porn doesn't fall under obscenity laws. Child porn is the documented sexual assault of children, a whole different criminal category.

51 posted on 03/17/2012 4:46:12 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Steelfish

“He was unable to pull 50% in his own home state after massive ad buys and campaigning”

Carefull PA voting soon what happens if Santorum doesn’t get 50%.

What then, Do you throw Santorum under the bus?

52 posted on 03/17/2012 4:54:40 AM PDT by Bailee
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To: Steelfish

This isn’t a national issue it’s a states issue and I’m kind of sick of all the petty BS coming out of the supposed Republican candidates.

53 posted on 03/17/2012 4:54:54 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: KoRn

Saint Rick needs to S T F U about these things. Stick w the economy stupid!

54 posted on 03/17/2012 5:09:32 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: EnglishCon

Have never understood the movies and their desire to have one bedroom sex scene. Why, so the queer director can look at the male actor?? The only reason I can come up with.withstand

55 posted on 03/17/2012 5:16:57 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Steelfish
I have every reason to expect that President Santorum's War on Feeelthy Pictures will be as stunningly successful as have been the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs.

Having said that, I'd still vote for him over Romney or Obama (sigh....roll eyes to ceiling....)

56 posted on 03/17/2012 5:26:04 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Mi tio esta enfermo, pero la carretera es verde!)
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To: GeronL
There is a difference between

"I have no problem with kiddie porn"


"Those accused/convicted of kiddie porn have the same constitutional rights as those accused/convicted of murder, rape, or assault",

and there really are "many Freepers" who don't grasp that these positions are not the same.

57 posted on 03/17/2012 5:31:09 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Mi tio esta enfermo, pero la carretera es verde!)
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To: Raider Sam
Does it rise to the level of government involvement?

Good question. It must if he's talking about Congressional laws that no is enforcing. Why did Congress pass them?

Not sure this ranks very high on anyone's major issues of the day, but it is an interesting question.

If these laws are too invasive, threaten freedom of speech, then we shouldn't have these laws on the book. If there are some common sense ones like libraries being able to provide filters on their computers for children, well what's wrong with that?

This is one of those issues that Santorum, once again, is being true to his beliefs (bless his heart). How he handles the fallout that will come from his stance will determine how effective a presidential candidate he wil be.....not a president.....a presidential candidate.
58 posted on 03/17/2012 5:35:25 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: freedumb2003

1) Watching pornography triggers a very powerful brain response.

2) This brain response causes specific types of behavior patterns.

3) These behaviors have both long and short term effects on the lives of individuals, including all the suffering, sorrow and strife associated with premarital sex, single motherhood, divorce, pedophilia and the general breakup of families.

Change your 0.0005 to a 10. And realize that pornography is a weapon of the cultural and political marxists in their war against America.

59 posted on 03/17/2012 5:42:29 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and others.)
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To: maddog55
Wouldn't it be refreshing to see headlines quoting Santorum with the words “economy”, “energy policy”, “Iran” or “Afghanistan”?
60 posted on 03/17/2012 5:45:50 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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