Ethics & Religion
February 14, 2018
Trump's Enforcement of Porn Laws? None
By Mike McManus
President Trump signed a Children's Internet Safety Presidential
Pledge two days before the election to enforce laws against hard core
pornography. The opening sentence:
"I promise to uphold the rule of law by aggressively enforcing existing
federal laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children on line
including the federal obscenity laws, child pornography laws...and the
sex trafficking laws..."
Have you heard of a single action along this line by Trump's Department
I have not. Nor have any leaders in the anti-porn movement such as Donna
Rice Hughes, whose group, "Enough Is Enough," (http://enough.org)
drafted the Presidential Pledge. Before the election Hillary Clinton
also wrote a note of support.
Yet there has been zero action thus far - without even a person
appointed to lead it.
This is in stark contrast to what happened when Ronald Reagan and George
H. W. Bush were presidents. Pat Trueman was the senior federal anti-porn
prosecutor. The result? There were 126 convictions on the FBI's list of
the top 70 producers of obscene material, such as Vivid Video. Among
many who landed prison terms: Ferris Alexander and Reuben Sturman - the
"All major pornographers were either put out of business or put in
jail," Trueman says.
The result: a dramatic reduction in available porn. "Certain sex acts
could not be depicted such as group sex, incest and 'fisting,'" said
Trueman in an interview. "It softened the nature of porn and dried up
distribution channels in states where there were convictions."
However when Clinton became President Trueman and virtually all of his
staff were fired. Democrats believe in sexual freedom.
What are the results? Consider these grim facts:
- The average age of exposure to hard core porn is 11-12 - and
leads to low self-esteem.
- Most teens are sexting - sending or receiving explicit pictures
- 83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex on line.
- There was a 774% increase of child porn images from 2005-2011.
- Married users of porn are 300 times more likely to have an
- The American Association of Divorce Lawyers say that 56% of all
divorces involve the addiction of one spouse to pornography.
Trueman now leads the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (https://endsexualexploitation.org).
He was able to set up a meeting for anti-porn activists with Attorney
General Jeff Sessions in August. However Sessions has done nothing to
enact Trump's Presidential Pledge, and has refused a second meeting.
Trueman launched a strategy to persuade state legislatures to declare
"Pornography Is a Public Health Hazard." The first to do was Utah. In
the past year, similar declarations were issued by Arkansas, South
Dakota, Kansas and Tennessee. It is being given serious consideration by
Florida, Maryland, Virginia and 7-8 other states.
What's the value of such declarations?
"The public needs to understand the harms of pornography to generate
public support to get obscenity laws enforced," Trueman asserted. When a
state legislature debates a porn resolution, "people begin talking about
the harms of pornography. We win arguments when the discussion is on the
harms of porn," he said confidently.
Ron DeHaas leads Covenant Eyes, which has launched an unusual anti-porn
campaign. People who acknowledge they are struggling with porn (70% of
men), ask for an Accountability Partner who will help them go straight.
Covenant Eyes will assign a partner, and will give that person a report
on how often the porn struggler has looked at obscenity on his computer
Result: Their use of porn drops to 1/199th of the population." DeHaas
Some 300,000 Covenant Eyes pairings have been made in 150 countries,
250,000 of whom are in the U.S. Go to
I have an alternative suggestion. Consider blocking all hard core porn
from your computer at no cost. How? The American Family Association (https://www.afa.net)
hired Steve Ensley who had helped 74,000 families by last August protect
Ron DeHaas is correct in asserting, "Churches need to take the lead. The
Barna Poll reported that only 7% had any program to deal with
pornography, and 93% have never done anything."
Why? One of my sources asked a group of seminarians who among them
struggled with internet porn. EVERY hand went up!
Every porn user must face what is likely to happen. First, he'll suffer
from erectile dysfunction, an inability to become aroused by his wife,
(while being aroused by porn). Second, his marriage is likely to fail.
But if he stops porn, erectile dysfunction is reversible! That's great
Then he can get his church in the battle - and push government to begin
enforcing obscenity laws. ___________________________________
Copyright (c) 2018 Michael J. McManus,
President of Marriage Savers and a syndicated columnist. For previous
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