Attorney General Urged to Enforce Obscenity Laws
Special Report - July 21, 2009
The proliferation of pornography in the United States is endangering children and families, and federal efforts to combat it need to be expanded, according to the hundreds of pro-family advocates who sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Erik Holder last week. The joint letter to the newly-appointed Attorney General, which was dated July 15, was signed by Alan Sears, CEO and General Counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund, and nearly 400 pro-family advocates, including North Carolina Family Policy Council president, Bill Brooks.
“Illegal pornography is destroying families and our culture,” said Sears, who formerly served as executive director of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography under the Reagan Administration. “The government should promote and encourage strong families by vigorously enforcing the existing federal laws designed to counter the plague of illegal pornography that is scourging this nation’s men, women, and children.”
After congratulating Mr. Holder on his new position as Attorney General, the letter highlights the proliferation of pornography in the U.S. and its corrosive effects. “Since the advent of the Internet, illegal pornography has f1ooded homes, businesses, public libraries, and even schools,” the letter states. “The results have been devastating to America. Pornography addiction is now common among men, women, and even many children. Children are creating cell phone child pornography, in a new trend called, ‘sexting.’ Pornography use is now a significant factor in divorce. Hotels, motels, cable and satellite companies, and other businesses are making tremendous profits by offering illegal, obscene pornography.” The letter concludes by thanking Attorney General Holder for his past work to fight illegal pornography, and extends an invitation to him to meet with pro-family advocates to discuss “ways to partner with you on this crucial endeavor to protect children and families.”
“I was glad to join the hundreds of other pro-family advocates who signed this letter to Attorney General Holder,” said Bill Brooks. “I urge him to expand the federal government’s efforts to enforce existing obscenity laws and to help make it harder for pornographers to peddle their trash to the public, especially our children.”
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