Penthouse Just Sent Their Magazine to Mormon Leaders to Piss Them Off

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.”

Photo credit: iStock. (I swear that's not me.)
Photo credit: iStock. (I swear that’s not me.)

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.”

 


Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, co-founder of Young Skeptics, and author of Understanding an Atheist. He is known for local and national secular activism and has spoken at conferences and events such as Reason Rally 2016 and the Ark Encounter Protest and Rally.

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5 thoughts on “Penthouse Just Sent Their Magazine to Mormon Leaders to Piss Them Off

  1. Well, the LDS church has much to be concerned about. The largest number of visits, per capita, to porn sites are from Utah. It’s do as I say, not as I do.

    1. “Elder Jenkins, I somehow got an extra copy of this month’s Penthouse. Would you like it?”

      “Nah, I’m good.”

  2. 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.”

    Pretty much. As far as the Mormons go, I want to say I’m surprised with their sudden issue with pornography, to the point of saying it’s a “public health crisis,” but at the same time, I’m not. You have to understand that these are the people who, only a few decades ago, recently acknowledged black people as just that: people. Not as sinful offshoots of the rest of humanity who can, if they prayed hard enough, could be made into white people if they wanted to (yeah, they really believed that crap). So they’re still trying to adapt to a world that has long since moved on outside of their goat-herding ideology and it’s actually quite pathetic, really.

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