Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Pole Dancing Class For 7-Year-Olds Slammed: Family campaigners have blasted a British fitness group for teaching pole dancing to girls aged seven — and putting pictures of them on the internet. The photos show youngsters upside down on poles dressed in shorts, crop tops and vests.
OneNewsNow.com: A compelling new film called Out of the Darkness addresses pornography from a range of perspectives. The narration is composed of four interviews, each of which covers a different aspect of pornography.
Baptist Press: “The Missouri Baptist Convention’s Christian Life Commission, with Krueger as chairman, plans to tackle the problem head-on through two upcoming workshops.”
LifeSiteNews.com: America’s top pornography opponent is sponsoring a series of webcast events focusing on how pornography harms one of its most forgotten victims: children. Morality in Media’s (MIM) four-week “Be Aware: Porn Harms” National Awareness Campaign enters its second week on July 18th.
Jacksonville.com: Two Jacksonville nude dance clubs are running out of ways to stay at their current locations. This year, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that zoning and municipal codes approved by City Council in 2005 and 2010 legally allowed the city to evict the Doll House on Atlantic Boulevard and the New Solid Gold Club on Blanding Boulevard. Lawyers for the two clubs asked for a rehearing on some issues, but the court refused
Chicago Sun-Times: For 18 years, the city of Chicago has been trying to shut down what’s now known as VIP’s A Gentlemen’s Club, whose politically connected owner, Perry Mandera, boasts that he runs “Chicago’s only full liquor & topless bar.”
CNET News: Law enforcement representatives are planning to endorse a proposed federal law that would require Internet service providers to store logs about their customers for 18 months, CNET has learned.
CBS Detroit: Twenty-one-year-old Kyle Richards claims cruel and unusual punishment because the Macomb County Jail does not allow inmates to possess pornographic materials. | At Salon, Tracy Clark-Flory argues that porn does not incite aggression: Would porn incite prison violence? | But see, PornHarms.com
New American: But the Coalition for the War on Illegal Pornography, led by Morality in Media, said the show is nothing more than a pornographic attack on families and the culture that should never see the light of day. “NBC is contributing to the sexual objectification and exploitation of women and encouraging greater acceptance of pornography with its soon-to-be-aired series,” the coalition charged in a press release. The coalition is made up of more than seventy groups, including Focus on the Family, Alliance Defense Fund, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, American Family Association, Torah Jews for Decency, Wallbuilders, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Blog of Legal Times: An assistant U.S. attorney spent time daily viewing pornography while on the job, and the prosecutor’s computer contained at least one image of child pornography, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said today, citing information from the U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general.
Cal Thomas at the MiamiHerald.com: Intellectually, I understand the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision that the First Amendment protects the most violent of video games. Experientially, I don’t. It’s fine for the majority to say parents have ultimate control over what their children see, but how many members of the Supreme Court have experienced “real” life? . . Justices live in an unreal world. They have little experience with cyberspace and violent video games . . .
Terence P. Jeffrey at Townhall: “The practice and beliefs of the founding generation establish that ‘the freedom of speech,’ as originally understood, does not include a right to speak to minors (or a right of minors to access speech) without going through the minors’ parents or guardians,” wrote Thomas. But Thomas was a dissenter. Justice Antonin Scalia — a conservative — wrote the majority opinion in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association.
Christian Concern: Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told British Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to come up with a system to block pornographic content and implement an ‘opt-in’ system for internet users wishing to access pornography.
Washington Times: People aboard a party bus shot at after leaving a Northeast strip club last week were earlier involved in a fight at the club — the latest in a series of incidents there that include a stripper being hit in the face with a champagne bottle during a tussle between a patron and the entourage of rapper Lil’ Wayne, according to police reports.
The Christian Institute: Children should be protected from seeing online pornography, a “suppressed” Ofcom report has said. Ofcom passed the report to the Government nine months ago, but the Coalition has not published it nor acted on its recommendations, according to the Guardian
Ars Technica: A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to “transmit or display an image” online that is likely to “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to someone who sees it. Violations can get you almost a year in jail time or up to $2500 in fines.
A Milpitas man who used a computer to paste photos of his 13-year-old daughter’s head onto bodies of women in graphic poses shouldn’t have been convicted of possessing child pornography because the pictures didn’t show minors engaging in sex acts, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The Salt Lake Tribune: A controversial Utah law restricting material deemed “harmful to minors” on the Internet should be barred because it unconstitutionally restricts free speech and interferes with commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is arguing in U.S. District Court.
WSJ.com: New York state lawmakers are advancing a bill that would create an “educational reform program” for teenagers who get in trouble for creating and sharing pornographic images of minors.
KansasCity.com: Kansas City Star reporters recently observed more than a dozen female dancers at Bazooka’s and Temptations whose entire breasts were visible. Although state law allows such “semi-nude” exposure, clubs that “regularly” offer it must close at midnight.
WJXT Jacksonville: The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Berkeley County Jail’s book policy, because it wants inmates to have access to pornographic materials.
AP: Turkey’s government has defended a new regulation that will filter the Internet and restrict access to websites that show pornography, bomb-making and violent content.
PC World: The “Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011″ aims to amend Section 2703 of title 18 of the United States Code to make it compulsory for the provider of an electronic communication service keep IP address records for at least 18 months.
The Hill: The Parents Television Council (PTC) is raising concerns over an NBC show set to debut this fall that required cast members to sign a nudity clause.The watchdog group that previously waged campaigns against MTV’s “Skins” and “Gossip Girl” is now calling out “The Playboy Club,” which is set on one of the more infamous nightclubs in Chicago during the 1960s.
Deseret News: “Two Salt Lake escort services have filed suit in federal court, charging that a new law that makes it easier to arrest individuals for sexual solicitation is unconstitutional and should be struck down.”
KOB.com: The sexting case against Jacob Lawler has many parents worried. Fifth grade elementary school teacher Jacob Lawler’s ‘sexting’ case has caused a lot of parents to worry about their children and who they might be communicating with over their cell phones.
Reuters: One in three university students in the German capital would consider sex work as a means to finance their education, a study from the Berlin Studies Center said Wednesday.
WPIX.com (includes video): Two New York City councilmen said they want to introduce a bill that would make it illegal to watch porn within 100 feet of a child in the library. The legislation would make it a misdemeanor and could be punishable with up to $1,000 in fines.
Christian Institute: The findings are based on research conducted by Dr Tim Jones, senior lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at Worcester University and top criminologist Professor David Wilson from Birmingham City University.
Legal Periodical: “Adult Entertainment And Zoning: A Starting Point For Adopting Or Updating Adult Business Ordinances”
Christian Post: A Christian weatherman in Bakersfield, Calif., says he was recently fired from his job days after he objected to an ABC-affiliate airing a story on successful local strip clubs.
Catholic Culture: The Holy See Press Office has issued a statement in response to the trial of Bishop Raymond Lahey. The Canadian bishop pled guilty to possession of child pornography and faces a sentence of at least one year in prison.
AP: A Canadian Roman Catholic bishop has pleaded guilty to importing child pornography . . . Police say they found hundreds of files and dozens of videos, many of them showing young males engaged in sexual acts.
Christian Newswire: Morality in Media announced today the mobilization of its War o n Illegal Pornography coalition in a three-day effort to flood the U. S. Attorney General with calls asking that he enforce existing U.S. obscenity laws.
Washington Times: Sex trafficking is so widespread, said Nathan Wilson, founder of the Project Meridian Foundation in Arlington, which helps police identify traffickers and their victims, that “no country, no race, no religion, no class and no child is immune.” He said 1.6 million children younger than 18 — native and foreign-born — have been caught up in this country’s sex trade.
Deseret News: “According to TG Daily, Catholic Leagues President Bill Donohur said, “What they’re doing is publicly funding an appetite for the most debased fare available. It’s not like a Playboy centerfold anymore — it’s far worse.”
Oregonian: In response to a Oregon Supreme Court ruling this year, the Oregon Senate voted today to make it a crime to view child pornography online for free. | Oregon v. Barger, No. CA A138678 (Ore. Jan 6, 2011) | Senate Bill 803
This appeal presents issues related to the amount of restitution that a district court may order a defendant convicted of possessing child pornography to pay to one of the children depicted in the images . . .
AP: A former Rutgers University freshman was indicted Wednesday on a hate crime charge after allegedly using a webcam to spy on a same-sex encounter involving his roommate, who committed suicide shortly afterward in a case that started a national conversation on bullying.
AP: Records obtained by The Associated Press show that over the past 13 years, a little-known Philadelphia company called PrimeTel Communications has quietly gained control over nearly a quarter of all the 1-800 numbers . . .
Politico: The catalyst for a renewed fight over pornography is a recent, little-noticed move by Attorney General Eric Holder to shutter the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force, a special Justice Department unit set up during the Bush administration under pressure from conservatives upset about the proliferation of obscene material on the Internet.
Telegraph: A controversial new corner of the web has finally opened for business after a decade-long regulatory wrangle, offering addresses ending in “.xxx” to pornography websites.
Miami Herald: The lawsuit said school officials knew Hope was the victim of “extraordinary ridicule and harassment” because of the “sexting” incident in the fall of 2009 at Beth Shields Middle School.
The War on Illegal Pornography announced today that more than 100 U.S. Senate and House Members, including nine Senate Judiciary Committee Members, have [signed letters] addressed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI vigorously prosecute major producers and distributors of illegal adult pornography.” . . .
8th Circuit: Coach’s secret videotaping of weigh in by nude minors is “sexual exploitation” not “mere nudity”
Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the jury verdict, we conclude that the Government offered sufficient evidence such that a reasonable jury could (and did) find that Johnson attempted to use the minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct.
AP: “Flynt has said in the past that audiences don’t want to watch porn in which actors use condoms . . . Late last year, a porn actor tested positive for HIV at a California clinic, causing panic among actors.”
Christian Newswire: A former leader of U.S. Department of Justice prosecutions against the porn industry today dispelled claims by a front group for that industry that they do not distribute illegal material . . . “Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Patrick Trueman, CEO of Morality in Media and former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division.
ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Michigan and the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri sent letters to public high schools today demanding that the schools stop viewpoint-based censorship of web content geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. The ACLU was notified that the schools were censoring material after teaming with Yale Law School to launch the “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, which asked students to check to see if their school was blocking content
In less than 24 hours, the effect was as if Margarite, 14, had sauntered naked down the hallways of the four middle schools in this racially and economically diverse suburb of the state capital, Olympia. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of students had received her photo and forwarded it.
NY Times: In the last two years, legislators have been weighing graduated responses to sexting between minors. Some legal scholars refer to the images as “self-produced child pornography.”
Toronto Star: Police say they have arrested four people and seized millions of child sexual abuse images in New Brunswick as part of a targeted effort to reduce child pornography and the exploitation of children via the Internet.
One News Now: “Earlier in the month the Kansas House overwhelmingly approved restrictions on strip clubs, adult video stores, and other sexually oriented businesses. The Community Defense Act (H.B. 2107) would prohibit new sexually oriented businesses within 1,000 feet of a school, library, daycare center, or house of worship.”
AP: “Bosnian police say they have seized some 2 million child pornography pictures and 7,000 video clips in the arrest of an alleged member of an international online child pornography ring.”
Daily Mail: “A survey reveals that 40 per cent of 11- to 14-year-olds have used their mobile phones or computer to send pictures of themselves or receive naked or topless images of friends.”
Topeka Capitol Journal: “The Senate Republican leadership won’t invite a vote on a bill dramatically escalating state regulation of adult entertainment businesses in Kansas, the chamber’s president said Thursday. Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said the House-passed bill had not been warmly received because it would likely force closure of many of the targeted businesses.”
AP: “Police said Wednesday they have smashed a huge international pedophile ring, rescuing 230 children from abuse and arresting 184 suspects – including teachers and police officers.”
Christian Today: The Rev Ian Galloway, the Convenor of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, said it was “repugnant” that children were being used as sex slaves in Scotland.