Rick Santorum Wants to Ban Porn, Declares 'War' on Adult Video Industry

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Rick Santorum, who earlier this week told Puerto Ricans to speak English if they wanted to become a state, has continued his tradition of saying wacky shit.

Now, not-so-slick Rick is calling for a war on pornography!

Apparently, vids of naked, consenting adults threaten the very fabric of American society, and the social conservative will not take that lying down.

In a statement recently posted on his website, Santorum says that porn will rot your grey matter and make you hate women: "America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. A wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences."

And: "Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women."

He says that federal statutes bar the distribution of porn.

If elected president, he promises, he will appoint an attorney general who will go after the industry by enforcing these laws.

(FYI: Santorum is on the ballot for New York's G.O.P. presidential primary, scheduled for April 24. Sure, it's unlikely that Santorum can beat top competitor Mitt Romney, but because the Republican field is still undecided, their showdown in our contest might actually mean something.)

Anyway, we will gladly reproduce his statement in full below -- it kinda speaks for itself -- but not before taking a look back at some of Santorum's other pearls of wisdom.

On birth control: "I think it's harmful to women; I think it's harmful to society...It becomes deconstructed to the point where it's simply pleasure...And that's certainly a part of it--and it's an important part of it, don't get me wrong--but there's a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special."

On women in the military: " I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission, because of other types of emotions that are involved...It already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat, and I think that's probably not in the best interest of men, women or the mission."

On rape babies: "I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created -- in the sense of rape -- but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you...[rape victims ought to] make the best of a bad situation."

On the separation of church and state, which made him almost "throw up":"I don't believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute...the idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country..."

On gays: "In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality."

Anyway, we're sure we're missing some -- this is hardly an exhaustive list and we're not the first to attempt this daunting task of cataloguing all the crazy that comes out of this man's mouth (there's just so much Santorum, it's hard to get a handle on it.) Let us know in the comments if we missed anything. And here's the rest of that statement:

America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. A wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences. Addiction to pornography is now common for adults and even for some children. The average age of first exposure to hard-core, Internet pornography is now 11. Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.

Every family must now be concerned about the harm from pornography. As a parent, I am concerned about the widespread distribution of illegal obscene pornography and its profound effects on our culture.

For many decades, the American public has actively petitioned the United States Congress for laws prohibiting distribution of hard-core adult pornography.

Congress has responded. Current federal "obscenity" laws prohibit distribution of hardcore (obscene) pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier. Rick Santorum believes that federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced. "If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so."

The Obama Administration has turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography and has refused to enforce obscenity laws. While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum Administration.

I proudly support the efforts of the War on Illegal Pornography Coalition that has tirelessly fought to get federal obscenity laws enforced. That coalition is composed of 120 national, state, and local groups, including Morality in Media, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, American Family Association, Cornerstone Family Council of New Hampshire, Pennsylvania Family Institute, Concerned Women for America, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and a host of other groups. Together we will prevail.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.

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12 comments
Howard
Howard

At this point pornogrophy in the United States, excluding child pornogrophy, is 100% legal, although it's completelly up to your state to decide whether it's legal in your area. Just because a certain type of pornogrophy is legal in California, doesn't mean that it's legal in New York. It's decided based on the Murphy test, which states that the population (however large it may be) is to decide if it is too obcene to be seen. The biggest problem with Santorum saying any of this is not because it's his opinion, it's because he can't accomplish his goal. Even if he gets rid of pornogrophy in printed form (i.e. magazines), he can't hope to stop people from seeing it online. If someone wants to find something online, they'll find it. And if he does succeed in making it illegal, IF he does (god help us) becomes president, then what do you think's going to happen? Everyone will just stop watching porn? No, just as many people will watch porn, accept it will be illegal. So now, if they are caught wish pornogrophy in their possesion, instead of just being embarrased, you're opening the door to arresting people for watching a video of consenting adults having sex. Now really, is this what we should be foccusing our time and resources on? No, I didn't think so.

spaghettimonstr
spaghettimonstr

Sorry but porn is more than just two naked consenting adults, that's a criminal understatement of what goes on in that industry. Blame Bill Clinton for letting the federal laws against distributing obscenity go un-enforced after his humiliation in the Lewinsky affair. That's what adult bookstores were for, but now it's true, there is no barrier to kids finding the most disturbing and misogynistic porn in a matter of seconds. Get a grip, Victoria.

spaghettimonstr
spaghettimonstr

I'm sad when liberals so misunderstand conservative viewpoints. This is one of those times.

sexyninja
sexyninja

I'm convinced this man was dropped on his head.. several times. first off he's anti womens rights as far as im concerned, and knows nothing about over half the shit he spews on about.. And as far as pornography is concerned.. if you're worried about your kids looking at porn on the computer be a parent and watch them, or adjust and lock your parental controls. as far as the "profound effects on our culture" it's been around for a while now, so unless he plans on reversing history i don't see how hes gonna do a damn thing about it, so leave it alone 

Suzinne
Suzinne

This man makes me want to throw up.  We should all be as "clean and lily white" w/ a large family like him being he deems abortion as murder  What century is he living in?  And as for banning porn, who cares?  I don't watch or read porn, never liked but have no problem if people choose to waste their time on it.  The loudest voices against porn are these extreme white wing conservatives who see porn as a threat the the purity of their children.    

Thankfully the man doesn't stand a prayer of winning.  

Maria B
Maria B

I think you spelled "Adult Video Industry" wrong in your title, I believe it's spelled "Illegal Pornography." But, you know. Everything is relative.

Would you care to debunk any of his statements regarding studies that show the harmful effects of pronography on society? Because I'd like the last 3 minutes I spent reading your whiny nonsense back if not.

Burton Wynne Jr.
Burton Wynne Jr.

Wow first he pisses off women with by being against birth control and now he is pissing off men by trying to get rid of porn.  Is this guy running for the presidency or trying to become the most hated man in America?

Delsegundo
Delsegundo

32 Year old virgin , marries woman who spent 6 years living  out of wedlock with renowned Abortion Doctor and Advocate - who delivered her as a baby . Dude proceeds to run for president of the United States .Ok , that's the premise , should it be be a theatrical release , or made for tv movie ?

Jake
Jake

Wow, you proved yourself wrong the moment you started.  Obviously, the adult video industry is currently legal, otherwise this wouldn't be an issue.  Did you actually read the article to which you responded?  There are laws against child pornography, and the distribution of pornography to children, but pornography is, in and of itself, legal.

As for logical issues, the burden of proof is on Santorum, not Ms. Bekiempis.  Do you take as fact everything you hear unless it's proven wrong?  I could take that sentence and run with it for a while, but I won't.  On a second logical issue, you read the phrase "his tradition of saying wacky shit" and kept reading anyway?  You obviously knew the content would upset you, so it's your own fault you spent time reading it (assuming, again, that you actually did.)

And finally, legal issues.  From what I can gather, the legal status of pornography has been bounced around quite a lot, but right now it is legal on a Federal level.  To me, it's covered by the First Amendment, but I'm not a legal scholar.

Jacob Karolev
Jacob Karolev

Now, I can't speak for the health effects, but last I checked, pornography is covered under the first amendment, thus making it entirely legal. Shame about those 3 minutes, though, you should have chosen to use them somewhere else. Just like consenting adults choose to act in porn.

azbluesgal
azbluesgal

this man is almost as creepy as Romney (i call him the prince of darkness). if you think these religious nuts don't have an agenda for running your personal life, THINK AGAIN. if romney wins we will all be wearing Magic Garments that will protect us against all evil.

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