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“Public Health Crisis”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Zika virus? The proliferation of guns? Domestic violence? Literally anything that is an actual threat?

No. Utah Governor Gary Herbert will sign a resolution today that designates pornography as a "public health crisis."

"Pornography perpetuates a sexually toxic environment," the resolution states. "Efforts to prevent pornography exposure and addiction, to educate individuals and families concerning its harms, and to develop recovery programs must be addressed systemically in ways that hold broader influences accountable." [...]

"What I am saying is we have taken steps to protect people from tobacco, but we haven't done that for pornography," said Weiler, who introduced the resolution on behalf of his constituents in January 2015.

I suppose he has a point except not at all. Tobacco products can literally kill you and everyone in close proximity to you. Pornography, on the other hand, may give young, impressionable teenagers unrealistic expectations, but it has never killed anyone that I'm aware of.

State Senator Todd Weiler, the resolution's sponsor, apparently also has plans to push legislation that would make it more difficult to access pornography on the internet. It's not clear exactly how he would accomplish this, but that is his goal for Big (Republican) Government.

I don't think Free Market Jesus would approve of this.

  • ninjaf

    Can we change the Republican mascot from the elephant to the ostrich?

  • muselet

    The two biggest health concerns with porn are (1) boredom, and (2) strained muscles from rolling one’s eyes at the awful acting.

    Kind of like watching Republican governance, now I think about it.


  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Funny how the bible belt is number 1 in port consumption.

  • Ceoltoir

    Unfortunately this particular subject has been a Republican obsession since time out of mind, often to the exclusion of everything else. The Reagan administration spent a staggering amount of time going after Larry Flint. When John Ashcroft became AG at the start of the Bush administration he said that his highest priority was combating pornography. Let’s see, at the end of January in 2001 was there anything going on that might have been a better use for the Justice Department?