Rick Santorum Invents His Own Facts to Justify Banning Porn

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Rick Santorum is not only doubling down on his promise to ban porn, but he is making up his own facts to support his plan to suppress the First Amendment.

Here is the video from ABC News:

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Transcript from This Week:

KARL: Your stance on pornography has also gotten a lot of attention this week. I want to read something — this is from your website. You say, “America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. It causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences.” What did you mean by that?

SANTORUM: Well, you know, we do something rather unusual in our campaign. When people write into our campaign and ask for our opinions on issues, we actually respond to them and post them up on the website, and that’s what happened here. And someone was asking about the fact that President Obama and his attorney general don’t enforce the existing pornography laws. And we wrote back and put it up on our web site saying that we would, of course, as president enforce those laws, because obviously Congress in its wisdom understood that hard-core pornography is very damaging, particularly to young people, and that exposure on the Internet can be very damaging, and of course it’s very damaging to a lot of folks who–

KARL: So what do you do about it, though?

SANTORUM: — are in all sorts of settings (ph). You enforce the law. There are laws against purveying hard-core pornography. And that — we have attorney generals in the country, at least under the Bush administration, who did prosecute that. And this administration isn’t. And I simply said I would follow the law, which I know in the case of Barack Obama can be somewhat of a hefty challenge for him, but we’re going to do it as president.

Santorum’s defense of his position that he would ban the distribution of porn is based on the false premise that he would just be enforcing the existing laws that are on the books. The cries of enforce the law are nothing more than social conservative code for a ban. Rick Santorum’s claim that the Bush administration carried out similar prosecutions to what he is proposing is an outright lie. What Santorum is proposing is a ban on the distribution of everything that his administration labels hardcore pornography.

Forbes pointed out that this is not what the Bush Administration did, “I would note that this is very different from what the Bush Administration did. The Bush DOJ did establish an Obscenity Prosecution Task Force in 2005, but this body focused on bringing prosecutions against small-time producers who made porn with extreme content. (Even so, it faced significant pushback from U.S. Attorneys, some of whom viewed such prosecutions as a distraction and a misuse of resources.) Many social conservative groups were disappointed with the task force, contending that more mainstream hardcore porn violates obscenity laws, and they urged the Bush Administration to bring obscenity cases against major producers.”

Santorum is publicly promising to follow in the footsteps of George W. Bush, but his actual plan is to declare a full scale war on the distribution of pornography. What Rick Santorum isn’t telling anyone is that the right wing group pushing for a ban on porn sees no distinction between hardcore and soft core porn. In their view, the distribution of all pornography is illegal. They are trying to get around the porn industry’s First Amendment rights by banning the distribution instead of the content itself.

Rick Santorum knows that his extremist positions make him unelectable, but instead of moving towards the middle, the Santorum campaign has constructed an elaborate web of lies to hide their true intentions.

The truth is that Rick Santorum not only wants to be ban porn. He wants to use the powers of the federal government, and tax payer funds to legislate morality. This simple fact is why Rick Santorum will never be elected President of the United States.

41 Replies to “Rick Santorum Invents His Own Facts to Justify Banning Porn”

  1. There is no good reason that anyone should be opposed to the banning of any form of pornography. It is one of the reasons God has judged, and will yet judge this nation, as all who partake of it and approve of others partaking of it, know it is wicked and worthy of damnation in God’s eyes, and yet still consent with it (Romans 1:32). We wonder why there are so many mental health problems, so many sex crimes, so much depression- not always, but very often pornography plays a a key role in these issues and many other things. It’s no secret and no mystery. Anybody who has ever partook of it, just think back to when you started and if you’re honest you’ll be able to identify a decline in self-control and other virtues that took place within a short time, as well as other bad actions and personality traits that began or got noticably worse then. There is no ultimate solution but to repent toward God and call on Jesus Christ to deliver you from the power and guilt of your sin and to keep it out of your life while apologizing to those hurt by its influence in your life. But if a politician wants to ban it so some never get corrupted to begin with and many crimes are prevented and innocent victims spared- none with any decency will be opposed to that.

    Regarding the 1st amendment, it was already established that yelling fire in a crowded theatre is not covered by the 1st amendment, as such an action is harmful to the public’s wellbeing. No doubt pornography is much more harmful, which only those who are blind cannot see. Better a young person runs out of a movie theater frantically for no reason than watches some degrading act that will mess up his mind forever. These porn producers love money and profit immensely from their business, so of course they will use whatever propoganda they can to stay in business. It’s amazing how many fall for it.

  2. Ban porn and R-rated movies aren’t far behind. Then come PG-13 movies. Then literature with any content that would be deemed “immoral.” No more art, no more movie industry, no more publishing except for Christian “sanctioned” crap. This sort of “law” is a slippery slope, and a huge infringement on our rights as a free nation. The man is insane. He cannot be elected or our country will turn into a Puritan theocracy. And we are NOT a Christian nation (thank the old gods and goddess, Thor, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, because I, for one, don’t believe in the Sky God and his pretend “son.”)

  3. I’m not so sure that his extreme positions will keep him from being elected. Compared to some of the people I remember (from the churches), he’s not that extreme, and they DO have a very well organized and powerful organization behind them (with access to DEEP pockets).

    If he starts calling for punishment of women who don’t have children (without regard to if they can have children or not), and demanding divorces for couples who are childless (so that the man can take a fertile wife – again ignoring the possibility that he is the one who isn’t fertile), then he’d start getting close to the people I knew. Oh, and making decisions who will get married and who will be perpetually unmarried… and demanding that sex be done only to bear children and otherwise the married couple are to abstain…

    As bad as he is, I’ve heard worse… far worse. I might add that was between 33 and 30 years ago, when I was a cult member. They seem to have gotten even crazier from reports and based on the words of the ones who tried to get me to “return to the fold” – and they HAVE been steeplejacking other churches and spreading their “values”.

  4. You are a fucking idiot. Go back to church and thump your bible some more. When you realize that not everyone believes in your imaginary friend, and that your “morality” is yours alone and we all decide what is right, whether or not you like it. If people are making porn in their homes then what? are you going to propose compliance checks on everyone to make sure they only using their cameras for a “pure” purpose? Fuck You, go back to the 15 century from whence you came.

  5. Then by your logic, I think we should ban the Bible because the book “Song of Song” contains pornographic imagery that is offensive. I’m sure you’ll agree that anyone reading that indecent book would want to have it banned before it causes irreparable harm to some young mind.

  6. No, the mental illness is because of the churches. Talk to anyone who works in that field… religion or biology are almost the only reasons why people go insane.

    I might add that it is fundamentalist “Christianity” that is the one religion that has been mentioned as being connected to insanity. In fact, I was told that for a long period of time, fundamentalist preachers were not allowed in many of the mental hospitals because they always made people worse. They liked to preach at people… and often undid any of the good the doctors had been doing. (They also were banned from one of the local hospitals for a while, and that hospital requires that ministers be vetted before they’re allowed to visit patients. The reason? The “ministers” (lay or otherwise) would preach at the neighbors to the person they were visiting, and even shake the beds of very sick people while demanding to know if they were “saved” or not.)

    The people who told me this (ordained Episcopal priest for one) also said that you’d find that most of the people in the mental wards were very religious.

    A friend of mine (probably well known to many here) also says that a lot of people were driven insane by the ersatz “exorcisms” that the dominionist churches like to do. No, religion can be a force for good (read Weber about that), but as it’s practiced by the more fundamentalist/conservative elements, it’s only a force for harm.

    I challenge you to quote peer-reviewed research journal articles showing a connection between porn and mental illness. While psychiatry isn’t that connected to my field and I don’t read that much connected with the discipline, I seriously doubt you’d find anything.

  7. Personally, I agree with you about pornography, and it is my choice to not view it, to guide my children in why I feel as I do and would prefer they followed my example. However, I would NEVER advocate for legislating moral standards, as it definitely did not work during Prohibition. In this country, we have the choice–don’t watch if you are offended–whether it is pornography, violent movies or games, or entertainment acts. Cherish that freedom.

  8. Too bad that little Ricky’s repressed religious notions don’t prevent him from ignoring the 9th Commandment. I have more to fear from those who lie for a living than those who are titillated by celluloid sex. Those watching porn usually do so in the privacy of their homes while Santorum bears his false witness obsession right out in the public eye. His lies and deceptions are far more depraved than a few private stiffy moments.

  9. We normal citizens are exhausted having to continuously fight people like Santorum that want to impose their own ideas of what is moral and acceptable on everyone else. Over 2000 years ago a few guys wrote a fairytail and called it the bible. It’s mindboggling that to this day close minded people full of hate for those that won’t buy their ancient stories cling to these outdated works of fiction as though they were universal certainties. Honestly Santorum should probably have his head examined. He wants to force everyone to live out his makebelieve. Religion has been the source of more harm, hatred and violence then any other cause through history. Yet still any god refuses to reveal himself and set the record straight. Your only responsibilities are to do no harm to others and, should you be fortunate enough to have children teach them that same responsibility. I gave up feeling guilty for feeling pleasure a long time ago. That doesn’t make me a criminal or a degenerate or even immoral. It means I think for myself. Imagine the sort of creator that would say “I’ve made sex and masturbation feel AWESOME and I’ve made it incredibly easy for you to enjoy one or the other. Now don’t you dare do it or you’ll burn in he’ll forever!” What sort of sadistic creator would do that? Do you leave a bowl of candy by your child’s bed and tell them how great it tastes but if they eat any you’ll disown them?

  10. If you want to live under the rules of Pope Benedict, vote for rick santorum.
    He is a religious zealot. He knows know other way.
    He is a hypocrite that believes that the rules are for others, not for him.
    He thinks women are too stupid to make decisions for themselves.
    he believes that the government should be the moral police, that people are unable to police themselves.
    Remember if you wish to live under Catholic rule, vote for rick santorum

  11. I have freedom of religion, and FROM religion. You walk your path, and I’ll walk mine. If we don’t meet on the other side, then that means you’re missing a helluva party……

  12. I have seen the odd bit of hard-core porn and a good deal more that frantic prudes would label so, and I am not about to go to my knees for ANY reason because of it. Maybe it makes you obsess with Bad Thoughts. Frankly, there is a great deal on the planet’s surface that is far more interesting to people of at least normal intelligence, and a great deal of far more pressing urgency to those with at least normal priorities.

  13. Remember boys and girls, what you do in your bedrooms is hardcore porn. Its no stretch for sanitarium to ban that too, as it is harmful to his way of thinking.

  14. I’ve always found that repression ’causes obsession. Maybe you should think about that and where that might eventually lead you. Maybe that is why people in Utah download more porn than anyone in the nation. Vey religious state–heh?

    And Rick Santorum is just the kind that would hve an entire storage unit of porn. He’s just a little too much obsessed with sex not to be a total freak.

  15. I remember a case, I don’t remember which state. I think it was after SCOTUS declared it was up to community stardards whatis or what is not pornography. A man opened up an adult book store and the local government shut him down. He took them to court and entered into evidence HBO programming which was available to all households. The government decided not to enforce their little law.

  16. making facts up, is the bailiwick of the GOP since ’08. hey, even grumpy mcslam is calling out the GOP clown show.. the multinational plutocrat cables are letting every lie just fly out, without any fact check….
    HEY CNN and NBC, there are easy ways for your assignment editors to fact check today. its called the internets….
    but no let willard spew his lies and fabrications, everyday of complete garbage… all in the name of demographics and ratings…

  17. Pleeease let this guy get the nomination. This needs to happen. Not just because it would be a blow out for Obama, but because the rest of the world needs to see just how loony tunes the Republican party has become.

  18. Spot on, John. If Santorum were to actually win the GOP nomination, the only chance he would have to win the Presidency would be to kill off all American women, and any and every person of voting age with a basic understanding of Separation of Church and State, and then pay the rest of the electorate to show up at the polls. And if there really IS a God, they’d forget Santorum’s name between entering and leaving the ballot carrel. The devil doesn’t wear Prada – the devil wears asshats like Rick Santorum.

  19. Rick should be more careful. According to numerous studies, the population of the “Conservative Religious Southern States” are the largest per-capita consumers of internet porn.

  20. I’d like to write a pithy rebuttal to your ravings, but experience teaches that reasoning with a fanatic is utterly futile…..so I’ll save my effort and go masturbate to some really hot (gay) porn….and guess what? There’s not a damned thing either you or Saint Frothy will do stop me. So there.

  21. Funny thing…I know Repugs that are deeply into porn and “invest” in the “product” and production.

    But ya’ know what? They won’t be bothered by this; they are above the law, remember? They’re Republicans and this stuff won’t apply to them…you’ll friend will just get a dumb look on his face and laugh at you “inappropriately”…

    (they always laugh inappropriately when they are “caught”)

  22. Great post, John…

    …”We normal citizens are exhausted having to continuously fight people like Santorum…”

    True, but we have to keep going. This is guerrilla warfare and with an organized psy-ops element. The more people are “turned off” the more they are like Pavlov’s dogs who eventually “wore out”, laid down, slept through the bell…

    And, that is what the GOP is hoping for; a total disconnected disenfranchised democratically mind majority who “gives up” and lets them win the mud-wrestling match that no one wanted in the first place.

    There are more of us than them, and, we are “wired” to preserve the “species” for civilized human beings, not sub-human cretins who rely on superstitious fear based on a sky-god fantasy.

  23. …he’s the new “mean girl” to replace Sister Sara, so yeah, I’d love to see the two mean girls share a ticket…but the Bush Family et al won’t let that happen; they will send their back up crew of sharp-shooters (someone darker-skinned) to take them out so there can be a chaos in the world market and a demoralized christian base who will be “disciplined” by the real base with the money…(nice fantasy, huh?).

    Then, the fundi-evan crowd actually gets what they’ve wanted all along; real “martyrs” to mainstream their cult and a holy war to satisfy the dominion Catholics. Yay! the end…

  24. The Supreme Court ruled on this before they lost their collective minds.

    Santorum has yet to make an honest statement about Obama(something about false witness comes to mind), the main stream press has given a complete pass on his lies. He took millions of dollars to influence votes against his family and country’s best interest.
    The boy is more diabolical than one of those So. Baptist preachers that gets caught with a Rent Boy carrying his bags on vacation.

    I am just waiting for the pictures of this guy with his pants down. You just know they exist.

  25. Wow, Politicususa…you’re the best!
    I come here before checking HuffPost now because you’re becoming such a class-act site!

    Santorum knows he’s got ‘a gimmick’. And he’s going for the Religious Right Vote…it’s making waves for him and he also knows he can always in the future temper-his-tune.

    By the way…Is that a ‘Rug’ on Rick’s head? It surely doesn’t move when he raises his forehead.

    If you want to know the power behind Rick’s Throne…it’s Karen his wife…she’s a strong influence.
    Sadly, in the wrong direction!

  26. Intentionally or not people who want to ban porn are serving the financial interests of the pornography industry and damaging the morals of the nation. Counter-intuitive that is, but none-the-less true.

    Prohibition of any vice, and I consider porn to be a vice, does three things… 1) drives up demand, by making ordinary people want to buy the prohibited thing, 2) creates a criminal industry to meet that demand, and 3) makes the operators of that now criminal industry very very rich.

    That is what happened under the 18th Amendment and in that particular case it also increased enormously the number of women who imbibed and the number of women who smoked.

    Prohibition of recreational drugs has had the same effect and in the case of drugs the prohibition has driven millions of people out of the productive economy and into lives of crime. I cite as evidence the book “Licit and Illicit Drugs” by Edward M. Brecher and published by Consumers Union.

  27. They speculating. If porn is banned the people who own the businesses that make and distribute it are going to get very very rich.

  28. Johnee – the World already knows how looney the Republicans are.

    According to the Economist what worries them is that the US electorate has become so ignorant and foolish that it is even thinking about electing someone like Sanatorium, or Gingrich either, as President.

  29. Sanatorium probably has investments in the porn industry and is hoping to make a killing.

    Some years back there was another Republican, named Graham it think, who was on the anti-pornography hobby-horse. Turned out he had investments in the industry, although he always claimed his broker made those investments without his knowledge.

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