Republican Party Platform Declares Pornography a ‘Public Health Crisis’

Computer Keyboard pdThe Republican Party has declared pornography a “public health crisis” in its 2016 platform, as an amendment over the issue was approved during deliberations on Monday.

“The internet must not become a safe haven for predators,” the amendment, proposed by North Carolina delegate Mary Frances Forrester, reads. “Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions.”

“We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being,” it continues. “We applaud the social networking sites that bar sex offenders from participation. We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography which closely linked to human trafficking.”

The proposed text passed the platform committee with little debate.

Forrester told Yahoo News that she worked with the group Concerned Women for America to craft the language.

“[Pornography is] such an insidious epidemic and there are no rules for our children,” she said. “It seems to be for young people, they do not have the discernment and so they become addicted before they have the maturity to understand the consequences.”

In addition to approving Forrester’s amendment, the committee also rejected a proposal to remove text from the platform “encouraging state legislators to offer the Bible as a literature curriculum and elective.” It likewise rejected a proposal to soften language on the party’s stance on marriage, including a suggestion by openly homosexual Rachel Hoff, who wanted the platform to acknolwedge “the diversity of opinion within our own party on the issue of marriage.”

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Instead, the platform called for the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse its decision on same-sex “marriage” and expressed disapproval over the Obama administration mandate that school districts allow male students who identify as females to use the girls’ restroom and vice versa.

The committee, which is set to vote on other platforms on Tuesday, rejected a proposal expressing opposition to no-fault divorce.

As previously reported, the Democratic Party has included unprecedented language in its platform this year regarding its support for abortion.

“The platform goes further than previous Democratic platforms on women’s reproductive rights. It champions Planned Parenthood health centers and commits to push back on all Republican efforts to defund it,” party representatives wrote in a press release on Tuesday.

“The platform also vows to oppose, and seek to overturn, all federal and state laws that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment,” which prevents taxpayer funding from being used for abortion.

The party also approved language vowing to fight state laws that they deem discriminatory against homosexuals.

“Democrats applaud last year’s decision by the Supreme Court that recognized LGBT people—like every other American—have the right to marry the person they love. But there is still much work to be done,” the platform reads.

“Democrats will fight for comprehensive federal nondiscrimination protections for all LGBT Americans and push back against state efforts to discriminate against LGBT individuals,” it outlines. “We will promote LGBT human rights and ensure America’s foreign policy is inclusive of LGBT people around the world.”


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  • Mellow Fellow

    Porn and sex = Bad
    Guns and religion = Good

    • TheBottomline4This

      No, sex between a husband and wife , guns and God are good.
      Porn is bad.

  • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ DavidHart-slowlyboiledfrog.com

    The problem with targeting pornography is that someone has to define what it is. It’s all highly subjective. One person’s porn is another person’s art.

    The Supreme Court cannot simply reverse the ruling in Obergefell. A new case has to make its way through the federal courts. Standing is the big problem. Someone has to show how they have been directly (not theoretically) injured by same-sex marriage and how the only remedy is to outlaw same-sex marriage. They couldn’t do that prior to Obergefell.

    • axelbeingcivil

      Yeah, I’ve personally never understood how obscenity statutes exist, to be honest. The Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and images are a form of speech. The merit of that speech isn’t a requirement for its freedom, and honestly shouldn’t be. The idea that the government can declare some forms of speech offensive – without being an assault on a specific person or group – and get away with it should worry everyone.

      Also, I am sincerely wondering what damages a person could claim against gay marriage (that wouldn’t also apply to heterosexuals).

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    Please can someone who disagrees with this proposition explain why pornography is NOT a public health crisis? It really does sound as if they have a point: pornography promotes immoral behavior, and that behavior leads to a range of public health problems – diseases, criminal sex acts by and against children – and then there’s the harm done to family life, which invariably harms children. It’s pretty clear that it is a crisis.

    What exactly the Republican party proposes to do about it is a bit of a mystery. It’s one thing to see that there’s a problem, but it’s quite another to do something about it that will actually resolve it.

    Random ideas: Make it trivial to repudiate payments for pornography; provide incentives and technical assistance for internet providers that want to offer a slightly filtered view of the great and nasty internet.

  • Toller

    Christians love porn and support it in private, but outwardly they are hypocrites. What else is new?

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Porn is produced by human slaves. Children and youth have a built-in defense mechanism to reject filth and seek the good and the pure the right. Secular culture is manually encouraging and forcing the youth to love depravity and get addicted to it. Children need Biblical instructions. At the end, it’s all individual’s willful choices. Reading the Holy Bible – knowing God’s standard – and submitting to it and seeking the true love can rescue humans from any addictions. “He said to me, ‘Worship God. Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”( Revelation ch. 22) Jesus is victorious over all things. Man can seek God and live.

    • oregon_curmudgeon

      That right teach our children to not think and perpetrate a hoax in the meantime. All religions suck.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        The Western culture has no morality or sanity whatsoever apart from the Judeo-Christian values. You need Christianity as man needs a sane conscience to live. You must repent of your sins to get saved. (Psalm ch.14, John ch.3, Romans ch.10)

  • oregon_curmudgeon

    You have got to be kidding, for in reality christianity, is a lot more damaging to ones mind then any piece of porn.

  • Gena B

    porn is a one more example of man’s depravity and why we need God