They said they threw it away when it arrived, but I bet not all of them did.
This wasn’t just a gift to enhance the sex lives of the state’s top LDS leaders. (Although I hope it helped a little.) Penthouse did a cover story about Utah Governor Gary Herbert and his recently signed resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, and they wanted him and his pals to see it.
Raphie Aronowitz, Penthouse magazine’s editor, explained. “We wanted to show these guys that them imposing their views on us and bringing their values to our doorstep is just as irritating as us doing the same do them.”
The resolution comes about three years after the Mormon church launched a website dedicated to assisting its followers with overcoming pornography addiction. And last year, they began circulating a video with tips for children to avoid pornography. Utah’s resolution, which was signed in April, doesn’t officially ban anything, but it is definitely turning heads in the Republican party.
In fact, the premise behind this anti-masturbation movement has found itself in the published 2016 GOP platform, adopted at this year’s convention in Cleveland.
From the official platform document:
The internet must not become a safe haven for predators. Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the lives of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being.
The platform goes on to specify issues with child pornography, but the opening paragraph above used a much wider brush.
It’s overwhelmingly obvious that the fight against pornography is religiously-based, and regardless of how you feel about porn or the industry, we must not allow the moral code of some become the legal statute for all. We live in a secular nation, supposedly free from theocracy and religious influence, and we need to fight to keep it that way.
With so many religiously-influenced proposals to control the lives of citizens coming from the Republican party these days, I think it’s easy to see that they’re no longer the party of small government and freedom. They’re the party of “you’re free to do what you want as long as my pastor says it’s ok.”