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An Attack On Porn Wakes America Up To The Theocratic Threat

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Tuesday, July, 12th, 2011, 1:16 pm

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Would anyone have noticed The Marriage Vow if it didn’t express a desire to ban pornography?

In an interview with Salon’s Justin Elliot, The Family Leader’s Executive Director Bob Vander Plaats discussed The Marriage Vow and the group’s stance on pornography:

Another part of the vow that’s gotten attention was the clause about promising to protect women and children from a long list of evils. Some of those things were obviously crimes — human trafficking was one — but there was also pornography. What would you say to people who don’t see pornography as a threat to women? And secondly, do you think only women need to be protected from pornography or should men be, too?

Well I think if you read in that, there’s also the word “coercion” — “coerced.” I don’t have the vow in front of me right now, but I think if you read that it’s going to talk about coercion as it relates to abortion, prostitution, pornography. What we’re trying to do is have a high standard for women and for children, as well as for marriages and for family.

Some people were saying that the pledge was somehow calling for a ban on pornography, is that what it was intended to do?

No, not at all. I think if the Family Leader could have its way, we’d probably say we’d like to have a ban on pornography. But that’s not the vow. The vow was [about] forcing women into pornography.

See, the pledge isn’t all that bad. All they are saying is that they would like to ban porn, and you vote for the candidates that support the pledge, they will be able to ban porn. The pledge itself won’t ban porn, but the people who support the pledge will.

What does it say about our culture that The Marriage Vow would have probably been widely ignored in the mainstream media if nobody had caught on that maybe these fundies are trying to take our porn away? The big initial takeaway story in the mainstream press wasn’t that Bachmann is ready to sell her own gender into biblical servitude, or that she is ready to go to war with Islam. Sex sells, so the big story was that Bachmann wants to take away your porn.

Soon the story became that Bachmann supports slavery. Preamble or not, Bachmann still supports slavery, but it but it is biblical enslavement for women not African Americans that she is selling.

However, in the eyes of the mainstream media the destruction of the rights of women is not news.

The cultural message is that you can subjugate my mom, sister, wife and daughter. You can strip away all of their rights, and return them to a status just above slavery, but by God, don’t you touch my Penthouse, Hustler, and ability to download all the girl on girl action I desire.

Expressing a plan to engage in a holy war against Islam and treat women as lesser humans if fine, but taking away porn, why that’s un-American.

The Family Leader would have gotten away with their Marriage Vow, and it probably would have drifted into the daily background noise of right wing fundamentalist theocratic dreams disguised as Republican politics if it would not have been for the mention of porn.

All you really need to know about these Americans who want to overthrow the basis of system of governance is that they consider abortion, homosexuality, prostitution and pornography crimes, even though three of the items on this list are legal.

Many American men don’t know or care that there is a growing movement on the right that is seeking to place the Bible ahead of the Constitution. That is, they didn’t care until the theocrats expressed a desire to take away something that they feel is a right.

It took a veiled threat against porn to get them to pay attention.

Now they need to understand that banning pornography is but the tip of the iceberg for America’s theocratic dreamers.

An Attack On Porn Wakes America Up To The Theocratic Threat was written by Guest Contributor for PoliticusUSA.
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